The most accomplished high school wrestler in Cabarrus County history is about to accomplish more.
As a winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, senior Dom Parisi will be attending a leadership camp hosted by USA Wrestling at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 14-17.
It will be his final act as a Robinson High wrestler, capping a career that included three individual state championships, team championships in the state dual team playoffs and at the state individual tournament this year, and 219 career victories.
Parisi's legend started gaining traction during his freshman year. Of his 11 career losses, nine of them came in his first season but he won more than 50 matches and placed third at the 4A state tournament in the 103-pound weight class.
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As a sophomore, Parisi capped a perfect 57-win season with his first state championship. Parisi's undefeated junior season was even one win better as he captured a second consecutive state title, this time at 112 pounds. Robinson's team reached the final four of the state 4A dual-team playoffs.
Parisi's string of 139 straight victories between his sophomore and seniors seasons is the fifth longest in state history. It was broken at a tournament in December in New York.
Parisi never slowed down in North Carolina though. Before he and some of his teammates competed in the individual regional and state tournaments, they were leading Robinson, coached by his father Dave Parisi, to the 3A state dual-team title. Dom Parisi was one of six wrestlers that won in the final seven matches as the Bulldogs overcame a 26-3 deficit to defeat Orange High.
Competing at 119 pounds this year, Parisi pinned all four of his opponents to win his third straight individual state title. Six other teammates finished in at least the top five in their classes as Robinson gathered enough points for the team championship.
In late March, Parisi took his annual trip to the National High School Coaches Association tournament at Virginia Beach. Competing in the Senior Nationals, Parisi won four of his seven matches and finished 8th among 120 wrestlers from around the country, good enough for to earn him All-American status.
"That was big," said Parisi. "It was just exciting. I didn't wrestle the way I wanted to on the last day, but I was happy a day or two after the tournament. It was a good tournament. I thought I could have done better, but no excuses."
In April, Parisi was named as North Carolina's winner of the High School Excellence Award, an honor selected by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla. According to the Hall's press release, the award is evaluated on "excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, character, citizenship, and community service".
The award includes an all-expense paid trip to the Olympic Training Center. The camp will include instructional sessions with USA Wrestling's freestyle and Greco Roman national coaches and wrestlers, and presentations on sport psychology, strength and conditioning, nutrition, leadership development and public speaking.
The week after Parisi returns from camp, he and his Arrichion Club team will be on their way to compete in the Disney Duals in Orlando, Fla. The club has facilities around the state, including Charlotte, and it will put together an all-star team to represent North Carolina.
Dom Parisi said he won 11 of 12 matches at the Disney Duals last year and was the 112-pound division silver medalist.
In the fall, he will enroll at Appalachian State and be a member of the Mountaineers'' wrestling team.
"Dom has raised the bar for Robinson wrestling to a height that will be very, very difficult to beat," said Dave Parisi.
"In his four years, Dominic competed, in my opinion, as a high school kid with collegiate intensity. He has that work ethic every high school coach dreams of. As a father, a coach, and as an ex-competitor, I couldn't be more proud."