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    Phenom finishes season with mark of 241-16

    Austin Wright wrestles in one of the many tournaments he participated in this year. He finished the season with a mark of 241-16. Courtesy photo

    Austin Paris Wright, son of Wyland and Holly Wright, just finished his wrestling season in grand fashion.

    Paris, a fifth grader at HMK, finished the 2018-19 wrestling season with a record of 241-16. He finished the season with 32 individual championships and was named an All-American nine times. He accomplished all this while wrestling for Little Devils Wrestling, Champion’s Wrestling and his dual teams POWA and Team Utah.

    He just competed in his last tournament of the season, the Grand River Rumble held in Lansing, Michigan. He competed in the individual tournament in the 12 and under age group and placed first. He also competed in the team duals where he went 8-0 for his dual team POWA out of Pueblo, Colorado and was named an All-American. The team finished third out of 48 teams from across the country.

    Some of his major accomplishments from the season include Utah State championships in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco. He also won the Rocky Mountain Nationals Championship in both folkstyle and freestyle. He also won the World of Wrestling West Coast Nationals. He was named All-American at the Virginia Holiday Duals, the New Jersey Wildwood Duals, the Michigan Grand River Rumble Duals, the Nevada West Coast National Duals and Ohio Heartland Duals with all his teams placing in the Gold pool. His combined record was 41-1 against the hardest competition in the country.

    Wright said he loves traveling all over the country and putting Moab on the map for wrestling. He loves competing against and defeating the best in the country and when on top of the podium always reminds everyone that he is from Moab, Utah. He gets a two-week break before his 2019-20 wrestling season kicks off in San Diego at the RMN D Day on the Midway where he will wrestle for Utah Gold.

    – Story submitted by Wyland Wright

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