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  1. Is Mason Parris the most dominate BIG MAN ever? He is only a junior, but has been an unstoppable force. The only two 220 pounders who can likely hang with him this year are Clayton Scroggs (SQ as a soph, and 5th as a junior) and Gunner Larson (SQ as a freshman, 5th as a soph, and 2nd as a junior). Everyone else likely gets tech falled or pinned. I think Mason surpasses former big men such as Dexter Larimore, Wesley Bernard, Fletcher Miller, Chris Kasten, Chico Adams, Adam Chalfant, Elite Studs Indiana has produced include the following, (215/220/HWT) Jake Obrien 3X state champ at 215lbs. Gelen Robinson 2X state champ at 215lbs, Anton Talamantes 2nd, 1stat 215lbs and 1st at 189lbs. Gelen won state 7-2 and 9-3. Talamantes lost state 2-4, won state 7-4 and by pin. Obrien won state 9-6, 8-5, and 11-4 Obrien went on to fight in the UFC, Gelen will likely play in the NFL, and I am not sure about Talamantes. As a freshman, Parris won the 182lb New Castle Semi-State with wins over Kaiser, Ind. Ritter 31-7 W PIN Steward, Cathedral 16-3 W 3-1 James Roncalli 44-1 W PIN Morales, WEBO 39-5 W 7-3 STATE FINALS Jake Kleimola, 34-7, Lake Central WIN 18-5 (Jake won state the next year) Kyle Shaffer, 41-3, South Putnam WIN PIN (Kyle will place top 3 this year) Chase Osborn, 39-0, Penn, LOST 10-11 (Osburn won state) Gage Garpow, 39-5, Winamac, WON 11-10 I think some people, including myself who didn’t know much about Parris, thought he wrestled a weak schedule from a small school. He went on to finish 54 wins and 1 loss his freshman year. When he “upset” Conner James of Roncalli, is when the whole state took notice! Then, he lost by one point in the state semi finals to the eventual and undefeated state champion. As a sophomore, Parris walked through semi state at 220! His wins were, Pin 0:36 seconds, PIN 1:33, Tech Fall against the guy who finished 6th, and Pin 0:21 seconds against the guy who finished 4th! At the state finals, Nick Lee and Chad Red got all the attention, but a loaded 220 weight was just as good! All four semi state champions were undefeated, one was a returning state champion, and a few nationally ranked kids in the weight. Parris wins his first match against Yorktown’s Pier (34-13) by pin in 1:22. He beat a very tough and strong Dristin MCubbins from Monrovia (37-7) by fall at 3:08. Parris faced an undefeated Evan Ellis who was 44-0 at the time, and pinned him in 5:20. In the finals Parris met up with Gunner Larson from Avon who was 42-0 at the time, and won by major decision, 13-4. By his dominant wins, is he the best big man Indiana has seen? And he still has one more year left. Thoughts?
  2. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Nestled in the southeastern corner of Indiana, the modest town of Lawrenceburg has established itself as a tourism hot spot. The town is home to the Perfect North Slopes skiing resort, as well as the immensely popular Hollywood Casino. But lately, the top attraction has been the 220 pound monster that lurks in the wrestling room at Lawrenceburg High School. He goes by the name of Mason Parris. Parris took the state by storm last season as a freshman at 182 pounds. He went undefeated until the state finals, where he lost to eventual champion Chase Osborn 11-10. Parris finished third, with a 54-1 record. Parris was just 15 years old last year, wrestling in a weight class that showcases some of the most physically gifted specimen in the state. He more than proved he belonged. This season, all he has done is put on about 40 pounds of muscle. He’s bigger, stronger, faster and a lot more confident than he was as a freshman. “I thought I had a really good freshman year,” Parris said. “I made mistakes, and was able to learn from them. Going to state and placing well was a good experience. But this year, I want to do better. I am not satisfied. I’m working hard. I’m staying dedicated.” Parris, like most Indiana wrestlers, says he has dreamed of winning a state title since he was very young. Lawrenceburg coach Mark Kirchgassner knew the first time he watched Mason practice that there was something special about him. “I don’t even think Mason was in kindergarten yet,” Kirchgassner said. “I watched him wrestled and told his dad that Mason is going to be something special. He did things naturally that I had a hard time teaching high schoolers to do.” Parris is undefeated so far this season. He hasn’t faced many upper level competitors yet, but he certainly isn’t shying away from them. In one of his first matches this year Parris bumped up to heavyweight so he could go against Union County’s No. 13 ranked Clark Minges. All Parris did was tech fall the bigger Minges. “That was my first match wrestling a really big guy,” Parris said. “I knew I had to stay out from underneath him. I kept pressure on him and really tried to wear him out.” One of Parris’ main partners in the practice room is No. 6-ranked 160 pounder Jake Ruberg. The two have been wrestling together since they were in elementary school. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Ruberg’s speed helps Parris learn to deal with the faster opponents he will face, and Parris’ power helps Ruberg contend with the stronger guys he will go up against. “Mason really pushes me,” Ruberg said. “He really helps my wrestling improve because he is so big and overpowering. And he’s very positive in the room and he helps everyone with technique. I know he can throw me around if he wanted to, but he likes to work on countering my speed.” Parris prides himself on his work ethic. It’s something his coach sees first hand on a daily basis. “Mason has just one gear,” Kirchgassner said. “It’s always go, go, go. He works harder than about any kid I’ve ever seen, in every aspect. Even in his matches he works on his craft. He isn’t content to just go out and beat a guy. If there is a move he’s trying to work on, he will work on it in a match just to make sure he can do it.” Parris is aware that to win a state championship, there is a likelihood he will have to go up against No. 1-ranked, returning state champion Kobe Wood. “Kobe Woods is a very good wrestler and I’ve been preparing for him all year,” Parris said. During the offseason Parris wrestled at the UFC wrestling championships in Las Vegas. He competed at 220 pounds in the 18U division, and won. “That was a great experience, wrestling in the 18U division with a team,” Parris said. “I faced some very good wrestlers.” Parris is also a gifted football player in the fall. He was a junior All-State in class 3A (he’s a sophomore), and was the defensive MVP in Lawrenceburg’s conference. He plays middle linebacker and offensive guard. This year Lawrenceburg finished with a 7-3 record. “I like football and wrestling equally,” Parris said. “I couldn’t choose a favorite.” Right now Parris is solely concentrating on wrestling. He hopes that focus leads to a state title. One thing is for sure, right now Mason Parris is the biggest attraction in Lawrenceburg.
  3. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Nestled in the southeastern corner of Indiana, the modest town of Lawrenceburg has established itself as a tourism hot spot. The town is home to the Perfect North Slopes skiing resort, as well as the immensely popular Hollywood Casino. But lately, the top attraction has been the 220 pound monster that lurks in the wrestling room at Lawrenceburg High School. He goes by the name of Mason Parris. Parris took the state by storm last season as a freshman at 182 pounds. He went undefeated until the state finals, where he lost to eventual champion Chase Osborn 11-10. Parris finished third, with a 54-1 record. Parris was just 15 years old last year, wrestling in a weight class that showcases some of the most physically gifted specimen in the state. He more than proved he belonged. This season, all he has done is put on about 40 pounds of muscle. He’s bigger, stronger, faster and a lot more confident than he was as a freshman. “I thought I had a really good freshman year,” Parris said. “I made mistakes, and was able to learn from them. Going to state and placing well was a good experience. But this year, I want to do better. I am not satisfied. I’m working hard. I’m staying dedicated.” Parris, like most Indiana wrestlers, says he has dreamed of winning a state title since he was very young. Lawrenceburg coach Mark Kirchgassner knew the first time he watched Mason practice that there was something special about him. “I don’t even think Mason was in kindergarten yet,” Kirchgassner said. “I watched him wrestled and told his dad that Mason is going to be something special. He did things naturally that I had a hard time teaching high schoolers to do.” Parris is undefeated so far this season. He hasn’t faced many upper level competitors yet, but he certainly isn’t shying away from them. In one of his first matches this year Parris bumped up to heavyweight so he could go against Union County’s No. 13 ranked Clark Minges. All Parris did was tech fall the bigger Minges. “That was my first match wrestling a really big guy,” Parris said. “I knew I had to stay out from underneath him. I kept pressure on him and really tried to wear him out.” One of Parris’ main partners in the practice room is No. 6-ranked 160 pounder Jake Ruberg. The two have been wrestling together since they were in elementary school. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Ruberg’s speed helps Parris learn to deal with the faster opponents he will face, and Parris’ power helps Ruberg contend with the stronger guys he will go up against. “Mason really pushes me,” Ruberg said. “He really helps my wrestling improve because he is so big and overpowering. And he’s very positive in the room and he helps everyone with technique. I know he can throw me around if he wanted to, but he likes to work on countering my speed.” Parris prides himself on his work ethic. It’s something his coach sees first hand on a daily basis. “Mason has just one gear,” Kirchgassner said. “It’s always go, go, go. He works harder than about any kid I’ve ever seen, in every aspect. Even in his matches he works on his craft. He isn’t content to just go out and beat a guy. If there is a move he’s trying to work on, he will work on it in a match just to make sure he can do it.” Parris is aware that to win a state championship, there is a likelihood he will have to go up against No. 1-ranked, returning state champion Kobe Wood. “Kobe Woods is a very good wrestler and I’ve been preparing for him all year,” Parris said. During the offseason Parris wrestled at the UFC wrestling championships in Las Vegas. He competed at 220 pounds in the 18U division, and won. “That was a great experience, wrestling in the 18U division with a team,” Parris said. “I faced some very good wrestlers.” Parris is also a gifted football player in the fall. He was a junior All-State in class 3A (he’s a sophomore), and was the defensive MVP in Lawrenceburg’s conference. He plays middle linebacker and offensive guard. This year Lawrenceburg finished with a 7-3 record. “I like football and wrestling equally,” Parris said. “I couldn’t choose a favorite.” Right now Parris is solely concentrating on wrestling. He hopes that focus leads to a state title. One thing is for sure, right now Mason Parris is the biggest attraction in Lawrenceburg. Click here to view the article
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