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Parker Reynolds and Nate Rioux

Parker Reynolds and Nate Rioux

Parker and Nate both traveled to Tulsa Oklahoma twice in recent months to compete in the first 2 legs of the World of Wrestling Trinity award.   They have each won the Flo Tulsa Kickoff Classic in November and followed that up with wins at ” The Granddaddy of them all”  the Flo Tulsa Nationals.  They now each have there sights set on a Reno World Title in April to complete the Trinity Award.

Great job to both boys and Good Luck in Reno!!


august, 2016

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all about contenders

Established in 2006 in his parents’ garage, Contenders Wrestling Academy was founded by Ryan Parish at the age of twenty. After several years, Contenders moved to Cascade High School when Ryan became the new head wrestling coach. Ryan led the team for three years, after which he decided to focus on training younger wrestlers. Contenders then moved to its current location in Plainfield and has been growing ever since.

our success speaks for itself

In just the last three years, Contenders’ kids have earned 106 Individual State Championships as well as 8 Team State Titles, and most recently won the Bantam Division National Team Title.

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meet the team

Ryan Parish

Ryan Parish

Founder, Head Coach

Ryan Parrish is the Founder and Head Coach of Contenders Wrestling Academy.  He founded the Academy in 2006 and has continued to oversee its growth ever since.  Ryan was an IHSAA State Qualifier in High School with a career record of 123-21.  He was also a 4x Hendricks County Champion as well as 2x Sectional and Regional Champion.  He was an Assistant Coach at Mooresville High School from 2006-2008, when he then took a position as Head Coach at Cascade High School from 2008-2011 at which time he resigned to focus solely on Contenders Wrestling Academy.

Matt Clark

Matt Clark

Assistant Coach

Matt was a varsity wrestler at Madison High School where he earned Academic All-American. He then went on to earn 4 Varsity letters while wrestling at the University of Indianapolis, where he also earned Bachelor Degrees in both Exercise Science and Psychology. After college Matt became a wrestling coach at Switzerland County High School and helped to start a youth program at that school. Matt joined Contenders during the 2014 season, and has been a great asset to the kids.

Lauren Rioux

Lauren Rioux


Lauren’s oldest son joined Contenders in 2007, and she took over as the Academy Office Manager in 2008. Lauren handles everything from new member registration to record keeping and payments.  She also handles all communication with parents, gear ordering, event planning, and tournament registration.

Jerry Brawley

Jerry Brawley

Operations Manager

Jerry has coached with Ryan since 2006.  His involvement with Contenders began with the move to the new building in 2011.  Jerry was an IHSAA State Place Winner in High School.  He has been an Assistant High School wrestling coach for over 15 years.  Jerry’s focus within Contenders is to oversee the Operations as a whole which allows Ryan to focus mainly on Coaching.  Jerry is a great resource for the athletes once they determine if they want to become a college student athlete.

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