Dunn Wrestling Team on UNC-TV North Carolina Now

Dunn Wrestling Team on UNC-TV North Carolina Now


Dunn Wrestling League PKG Script
For: NC Now
Kelly McCullen: Every once in a while, an
idea that seems pretty good turns out to be
something potentially special. It’s happening
at the Police Athletic League in Dunn, North
Carolina. Young people call it “The PAL.”
Nick Parrilla – Put your feet together and
get down on your toes and get as low as you
can go….
Kelly Mc: Officer Nick Parrilla runs the PAL’s
amateur wrestling program when he’s off-duty.
A few times a week, for up to four hours per
class. Nick teaches youngsters, including
his son, Alex, to wrestle.
Alex Parrilla – I’m wrestling Nathan and
keep on wrestling and wrestling and wrestling
and then, whenever I get older, I’m going
to wrestle hard.
Avante Cameron – Once you get used to it,
you don’t have to think about it. You just
do it.
Kelly Mc: The handful of boys who attended
Officer Parrilla’s first wrestling classes
spread the word. The PAL is known for its
team sports, like basketball, but wrestling
is a solo sport. That appeals to kids used
to going it alone.
Nick Parilla – They went back and told their
friends. The next time it was ten. The next
time it was fifteen.
Jarmonte Fuller – They’re like, “I’m wrestling
at the PAL.” I was like, “You’re wrestling
at the PAL?” They were like, “Yeah.”
I was like, “I didn’t know they had a wrestling
program.” They were like, “You should
come out there and help a little bit.” So,
I came out here one day and Nick, he came
out there and was talking to me about wrestling
and how the kids needed help a little bit
because they needed a smaller guy to roll
around with.
Nick Parrilla – If can’t hold yourself up
by your head, use your hands while you do
this.
Kelly Mc: Considering there isn’t much amateur
wrestling on television, the kids often have
some preconceptions that need changing.
Kelly Mc – The wrestling they’ll see, if
they have TV, they’re going to see professional
wrestling.
Nick Parilla – Yeah.
Kelly Mc: Of course, this is amateur wrestling.
Nick Parilla – That was the hardest part.
That was the hardest part. A lot of the younger
ones, they’d come in here, they’re like, “Oh,
we can do the DDT. We can pick ’em up and
slam ’em!” No, you can’t do that. This ain’t,
this isn’t TV wrestling. This is high school
wrestling.
Jarmonte Fuller – “Nah, there’s no top
rope kind of thing out here.” It’s wresting.
You slam people but it’s not like off the
top rope, getting cut, beat up kind of thing
and stuff.
Kelly Mc: The large wrestling mat covers a
decades-old gymnasium’s basketball floor.
The gym reaches 90-degrees during practice
time.
Nick Parrilla – You run your half, you want
to stick all the way up…
Rodney Rowland – From my understanding in
talking to Nick and a couple of the other
wrestling coaches, they like wrestling when
it’s hot. This gym is pretty good for that
because it’s pretty hot right now.
Kelly Mc: The Police Athletic League gives
local police officers a chance to build relationships.
Officer Parrilla keeps an “open door.”
Kids can come, go, join and quit and they’re
always welcomed back.
Nick Parilla – Every now and then, we’ll
have a few more float in and out. It’s like
I tell all the kids, you know, if they want
to come, they want to come. If they don’t,
you know, they have that option but they don’t
have to come if they don’t want to. A lot
of the kids come because they want to.
BP Jones – Vent – They come out here and
they vent. They come out here and they exercise.
They get that hostility out of them. They
realize that the whole world is not against
them.
Nick Parrilla – Everybody stretch. Everybody
stretch good. I don’t want any pulled muscles
or anything today.
Kelly Mc: If Nick Parrilla is one of those
friends, it could pay dividends years from
now, when these boys are forced to make adult
decisions.
Rodney Rowland – He does seem to have leadership
qualities that kids attract to and they listen
to him very well.
Jeffery Hannah – Fold – If you just listen
to him, you’ll get everything right. He’s
a good wrestling coach.
Kelly Mc – A lot of players come in, they
don’t want to listen to the coach because
they know how to do it. Now, you don’t take
that approach obviously.
Jeffery Hannah – No.
Kelly Mc: Because what happens when you don’t
listen to the coach?
Jeffery Hannah – You don’t win.
Kelly Mc: That’s the bottom line in wrestling.
Jeffery Hannah – Yeah.
Kelly Mc: So, you have to listen to coach
whether you think you can do it or not.
Jeffery Hannah – If you don’t listen, when
you go into a wrestling match, you just going
to get folded up.
Kelly Mc: Whether it’s for the exercise, to
fight boredom or just play a sport. If wrestling
catches on in this old gymnasium, it could
open new doors and convince a new generation
that seeing a police officer in the neighborhood
can be a good thing.

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