HMK’s Paris, already a champ, a finalist for ‘Wrestler of the Year’
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Austin Wright-Paris, top, a fourth grader at Helen M. Knight Elementary, smashes an opponent during a wrestling match last season. 
					     Photo courtesy Holly Wright-Paris
Austin Wright-Paris, top, a fourth grader at Helen M. Knight Elementary, smashes an opponent during a wrestling match last season. Photo courtesy Holly Wright-Paris
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Austin Wright-Paris, son of Wyland and Holly Wright, has been selected as a finalist for the 2016-2017 Utah Elementary School Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling Utah.

Paris is a fourth-grader at Helen M. Knight Elementary School. Last season he wrestled for the Moab Devils Wrestling Club and also with the Grand County Middle School team.

Paris finished the 2016-2017 wrestling season with a record of 204 wins and 14 losses and 51 Championship titles. He also had a 13-0 record on his middle school team, and is a member of Team Utah.

His major accomplishments this season include winning Utah State Championships in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco styles. He also was the champion wrestler at the U.S. Open in folkstyle and freestyle, a Salt Lake Slam Nationals Champion and a Beehive Brawl Nationals Champion, where he was also named outstanding wrestler. Paris also won the Las Vegas Royal Crush National Championship, where, again, he was named outstanding wrestler. He is also an AAU Grand Nationals Champion in folkstyle and freestyle where he was named Outstanding Wrestler. He is a West Regionals Champion in Greco, runner-up at West Regionals in freestyle and folkstyle and was also runner up at the USS Battle on the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego in folkstyle and freestyle.

When asked how he felt about being selected as a finalist for the second year in a row, Paris said practice makes perfect.

“[It feels] great, it shows hard work pays off,” Paris said.

Paris added that his favorite part of the 2016-2017 season was getting to travel with Team Utah to Iowa for the Heartland Duals and San Diego for the USS Battle.

“He also loved competing at the U.S. Open where he got to compete alongside many of his wrestling heroes,” said Paris’ mother, Holly Wright-Paris.

Paris’ 2017-2018 season begins Sept. 30 at a Rocky Mountain Nationals event in Denver, where he said he hopes to build on the success of this past year.

To vote for Paris to win the Utah Elementary School Wrestler of the Year, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTNYCTF. Voting ends Sunday, Sept. 26. The link is also available on the Little Devils Moab Facebook page.

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