HMK’s Wright is named wrestler of year

Austin Paris Wright and Team Utah wrestling coach Jade Rauser proudly smile for the camera after the HMK sixth-grader won Junior High School Wrestler of the Year honors from USA Utah last week. Courtesy photo

Austin Paris Wright was named the Junior Wrestler of the Year last week at the USA Utah Wrestling Hall of Fame Banquet and Awards Night in Provo. The HMK sixth-grader’s 2018-2019 record was 241-16, with 32 championships. He was named an All-American nine times. 

Wright competes for Devils Wrestling in Moab, Champions Wrestling in Mapleton, Utah, and nationally for Team Utah, Utah Gold, USA Elite and POWA.

Wright told his parents he was nervous and thought he would disappoint his teams and the people of Moab if he didn’t win. This was the fourth time he was nominated.

“Austin said he would like to thank everyone in the community who took the time to vote for him. In addition, he would like to thank local coaches Beachem Bosh and Jason Ramsdell for the time and effort that they have invested in him, as well as HMK and all of his teachers for all of their support,” said Dale Wright. 

“He also stated that if there are any kids out there thinking about wrestling, they should definitely sign up with Devils wrestling and give it a try. Not only would they get in great shape, but they would also make lots of new friends and it might even give them the opportunity to travel all over the country.”