Dominic Parisi has always had a reputation to live up to.
His father, Dave Parisi, is his wrestling coach at Jay M. Robinson, and also was an all-American and national champion wrestler in college and a state champion in high school.
Now, the younger Parisi has spent the past three years making a name for himself as a standout high school and future college wrestler.
"I've basically lived wrestling for most of my life," said Dominic, who started wrestling when he was 5 or 6 then quit until he was in middle school and has been wrestling ever since. "My dad and I are always talking about wrestling, it's a 24-7 thing for us."
Never miss a local story.
Dominic's commitment to the sport has paid off, as Parisi has won 136 matches in a row at Robinson, dating back to his freshman year. The streak is now the fifth-longest in state history. Dominic also has a staggering 188-9 record in his time at Robinson, with all nine losses coming in his first year.
Dominic went unbeaten his sophomore year at 57-0, winning a 4A state championship in the 112-pound weight class, and he did it again in 2008, going 58-0 on his way to a 4A state title in the 119-pound class.
"Some wrestlers are born with natural talent or balance even strength, but Dominic was not born with any of that," Dave said. "He has worked and earned everything he has gotten. He has a work ethic that very few high school athletes have."
The elder Parisi says his son's workout regimen includes at least 18-20 hours of practice a week at school, after practice at the YMCA and with his club wrestling team, Arrichion. Then Dominic probably puts another 15-20 hours in on the mat in competition in a busy week with tournaments.
Dominic's success is no surprise to his father. Dave was the 1977 New York state champion, and also a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and national champion at Oswego State in New York.
Like his father, Dominic is looking to take his talents to the next level. He is being recruited by at least 10 schools, with American University, Appalachian State and Virginia Tech at the top of his list.
"You often hear about coaches' sons excelling in sports," Dave said. "I think Dominic definitely had some advantages by watching and listening to me all the time. He knew what he had to do to be successful. But he has still had to go out and do the work himself."
Now, Dominic looks to finish out his career at Jay M. Robinson a champion, and it begins as the Bulldogs move into the meat of their conference schedule.
"As a parent, it has been very rewarding to see (Dominic) be successful," Dave said. "As a coach, I can't say if I was more nervous when I wrestled or now when I watch him wrestle."
The relationship between father and son is strong, but it's not always fun and games.
"(My dad) can be annoying sometimes because he is (pretty) hard on me, everyday," Dominic said.
The father agrees.
"We spent almost 24-7 together, so the whole father-son, coach-wrestler thing is something we are always trying to keep in balance," Dave said.
The legacy of father and son, coach and player, also begs the question, who would win in a wrestling match, right now, Dave or Dominic Parisi?
"My dad would still probably win," said Dominic, laughing at the prospect of a match. "He might win the first couple, but I'd end up beating him because I'm in better shape. But, even if I did win, I wouldn't really have anything to brag about, because he is my dad."