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Parris wins third state title; Hall places sixth

Indianapolis- Lawrenceburg wrestling senior Mason Parris completed his third straight undefeated season at 220 pounds with his third state championship Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

SUPERMAN! Parris wins third straight state title at 220 pounds and breaks record for most career pins at the state finals (11). Shay Baker photo.

SUPERMAN! Parris wins third straight state title at 220 pounds and breaks record for most career pins at the state finals (11). Shay Baker photo.

Since the state finals went to four rounds in 1984, Parris became only the sixth wrestler in IHSAA history to pin all four of his opponents at state.  In round one, the top ranked wrestler in his class pinned Jake Sisk of Pike Central in 1:27. For the quarterfinals, he made quick work of Levi Leffers of Central Noble in 0:46.  In the semifinals, Parris put down the shoulders of previously unbeaten Ryan Hammond of Whiteland in 3:53. And in the championship match, second ranked Brandon Streck of Merrillville was stopped in 3:08.

Parris, coached by LHS head coach Mark Kirchgassner, dominated.

The four pins by Parris over Friday and Saturday broke an 80-year-old record for most career falls at the state finals.  He has the record now with 11.  The old record was 10 by Ray Frankowski from 1936-38.  For his career, Parris logged 141 pins (34 in his 47-0 senior season) and amassed a 206-1 record over four years.  The only loss was by one point in the state semifinals at 182 pounds during his freshman year.

As if the athletic achievements aren’t impressive enough, the future Michigan Wolverine was also named the Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award Winner.  And just prior to the state finals, the son of Mark and Shay Parris earned Academic All-State honors.  Mason carries a 4.28 GPA

Athletic, intelligent and, most importantly, a fine young man.  That’s Mason Parris.

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