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Parker, Boatwright Perfect Heading Into States

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As a team, Greenbrier West wrestling doesn't lose a whole lot. The Cavaliers have won seven straight tournaments.

"Since I've been here, this is the best team we've had in terms of the number of wins," said Greenbrier West head coach Jeremy Tincher.

As teammates, Tyler Parker and Malik Boatwright don't take kindly losing.

"I don't like it. I really don't like it," said Parker, who wrestles at the 170-pound weight class.

"Yeah, it sucks. I don't like losing. I'm not a fan of it at all," said Boatwright, a 152-pound wrestler.

That's good, because neither of them has lost this season.

"I just tell myself I'm done losing," Boatwright said.

"Truthfully, I didn't think that was going to happen. I just set my goals high,"Parker said.

Parker is a senior and is 39-0.

"He's had an amazing year. He's a hardworking kid. The kids really look up to him," Tincher said about Parker.

Boatwright is 38-0 and a junior.

"Malik is very gifted, he's very talented. He has a lot of physical tools other kids don't have. On top of that he works really hard," the head coach said.

Last year, both placed third at states, something they're looking to change.

"It put something inside of me that I'm not going to get third again. It made me set my goals higher and work harder in the room," Parker said.

"I really won't be satisfied until I'm standing on top of a podium in Huntington," Boatwright added.

With the state tournament on Thursday, both will be focusing on their strengths.

"I like being on my feet. I don't like messing around on the mat. On our feet I'll take you down," Boatwright said.

"I just go at them. I'm not a leg-rider, I just go right at you," Parkers said.