Austin Wright Paris, the son of Wyland and Holly Wright, has once again been chosen as a finalist for Utah Elementary School Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling Utah. Paris is a fifth grader at HMK Elementary School.
Paris finished the 2017-2018 wrestling season with a record of 226 wins, 17 losses and 38 championship titles.
Some of his major accomplishments this season include winning state titles in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman, earning him the Utah Triple Crown for the second year. He was also the champion wrestler at the Beehive Brawl, the Cosmic Clash, the Western Regional Preseason Open, the Monster Match Nationals, the Grand Canyon Nationals, the Who’s Bad National Classic, the New Mexico National Showdown, the Wild West National Championships, the Rumble in Reno, the Terminator World Championships, the USA Western State Championships and the Ultimate Summer Series Championships.
He also won the Rocky Mountain Nationals in folkstyle and freestyle and in doing so he earned himself the RMN Tri-State belt, RMN Triple Crown, RMN World belt and the prestigious RMN Ring Of Fame.
He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Who’s Bad Nationals, the New Mexico Showdown, the Rumble in Reno and the Terminator World Championships.
He had a great year wrestling for multiple dual teams. For Team Utah he went 10-0 at the Aces duals in Idaho and also went undefeated at the Heartland National duals in Iowa and in doing so earned All-American status. He also went undefeated at the Ultimate Summer Series duals in San Diego
Paris wrestles for a club out of Colorado POWA. He went 9-11 at the Virginia National duals, where once again he earned All-American status. He also traveled with POWA to Wildwood, New Jersey to participate in the Wildwood National duals, where he went 7-3. He also went undefeated at the Rocky Mountain National Duals in Denver for POWA.
For his Champions dual team he went undefeated at both the Legacy Junior High duals and the Christmas Clash Elementary duals.
Locally he was able to bring home a state title from the 1A-4A Junior High State Championships for Devils Wrestling.
Paris said it is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for the third year in a row. After winning it last year he knew that for him to win it again he had to put in the work and that he hopes that his record and all the championships that he won this last year will speak for themselves. He also wanted to thank all the local residents who voted for him last year for helping him bring home the 2016-2017 Elementary School Wrestler of the Year award. He said that he loves putting Moab on the map for youth wrestling.
Paris would also like to thank those who nominated him this year and his coaches, Craig Lamont, Jade Rauser, Adam Urenda, Jason Ramsdell and Beacham Bosh for making him work hard and teaching him many life lessons.
To vote for Paris to win Utah Elementary School Wrestler of the Year go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QQ56DD voting ends the morning of Sept. 18. The link is also available on the Devil’s Wrestling Moab Facebook page: Devil’s Wrestling Moab