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Georgia Archives Match of the Week #4

By Georgia Grappler, 01/25/22, 2:30PM AKST


Tyler Parker Collins Hill vs Rich Boland Walton 135LBS Finals Match 5A GHSA State Championships 2005

Georgia Archives Match of the Week #4


This was the most anticipated matchup at the State Tournament in the 2004-2005 season. Tyler Parker who was already a 3x State Champion and looking for his fourth vs Rich Boland who was a 2x State Champion already and looking for his third. Both were Seniors and competing in Georgia’s highest classification.

Tyler Parker was the first 4x 5A State Champion ever in Georgia and compiled a career record of 196-11, only once ever losing to a wrestler from the state of Georgia when he was a Freshman. He would avenge that loss later in the last match of the season. He only lost 3 matches over his last 3 seasons and going 54-0 as a Senior. His illustrious career is arguably the best ever at Collins Hill where he finished with the highest career winning percentage, 3rd in most pins, 3rd in most total wins, and also led Collins Hill to their first two GHSA 5A Team State Dual/Traditional Titles his Freshman and Senior year. His High School career would have him finish as the #24 Ranked Wrestler, 4x NHSCA All-American, and 1x NHSCA Nationals Champ. He then attended Stanford as a 4-year starter, went to get his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of PA, and is now a Vice President for the private equity company the Carlyle Group based out of Palo Alto, California.

Rich Boland was a 4x State Placer, 2x State Champion, and compiled a career record of 161-19. He would go on to wrestle at Gardener-Webb University where he wrestled for two years. He changed career paths after. He is now a police officer for Radnor Township, after being a SEPTA Police Officer before that.


Tyler Parker

High School: Collins Hill

College: Stanford


Rich Boland

High School: Walton

College: Gardner-Webb

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