Austin Paris Wright, son of Wyland and Holly Wright, has been nominated for Utah Junior High School Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling Utah, based on his performance last year as a 5th grader.
This is Paris’s fourth time being nominated for wrestler of the year; the three previous times had been for Elementary School Wrestler, and he has won the prestigious award the last two years.
This is his first year being nominated as a junior high wrestler. Paris, now a sixth-grader at Helen M. Knight, wrestles for the local middle school team, Devils Wrestling, as well as Champion’s Wrestling based out of Mapleton, Utah. He also wrestles nationally for Team Utah, Utah Gold, USA ELITE and Pueblo Original Wrestling Association.
Paris finished the 2018-2019 wrestling season with a record of 241-16 with 32 individual championships, and was named an All-American nine times.
Some of his other major accomplishments from the season include Utah State Championships in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman. He also won the Rocky Mountain National Championships in both folk style and freestyle. In addition, he won the Freak Show for the second year in a row held in Las Vegas, which is considered one of the toughest tournaments in the country.
He was also named All-American at the Virginia Holiday Duals, the New Jersey Wildwood Duals, the Michigan Grand River Rumble Duals, the World of Wrestling Nevada West Coast National Duals and Ohio Heartland Duals.
“I’ve worked with Austin since he was in second grade and he just keeps getting better and better in regards to his technical skills and mental toughness,” said coach Jason Ramsdell. “He is a great all-around wrestler with no end in sight to his excellence in the sport. I’m proud of his hard work and dedication.”
Paris said it’s a “great honor” to be nominated for Wrestler of the Year and he wanted to thank everybody for their continued support. He also said that he loves competing for Devils Wrestling and his ultimate goal is to be Grand County’s first four-time state champion.
To vote for Paris visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5DGNSN5.
Voting ends Monday Sept. 23.
Source: Utah Gold National Dual Team