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WATCH: Mason Parris Wrestles Mark Consuelos On 'LIVE with Kelly And Mark'

WATCH: Mason Parris Wrestles Mark Consuelos On 'LIVE with Kelly And Mark'

NCAA champion and Michigan Wrestling legend Mason Parris appeared on 'LIVE with Kelly And Mark' and wrestled co-host Mark Consuelos before Final X.

Jun 8, 2023 by Joe Harrington

Michigan Wrestling legend and 2023 NCAA champion Mason Parris scored a pinfall Thursday morning on national television. 

Parris, who faces Olympic champion Gable Steveson at Final X 2023 presented by Tezos on Saturday, appeared on the "LIVE with Kelly And Mark" morning program on June 8, 2023 and took on co-host Mark Consuelos as Kelly Ripa watched. 

Parris, 23, broke through in March for his first NCAA title, after finishing as the runner-up in 2021 and fifth in 2022. 

The four-time All-American defeated Penn State’s Greg Kerkvliet to secure the win, becoming the first heavyweight champion at Michigan since 1986. The win for Parris capped a 33-0 final season.

He finished high school with a 206-1 record, including going 152-0 across his last three seasons. He became the first Michigan Wolverine to selected as the Hodge Trophy winner this spring. 

Against Consuelos, Parris made easy work.

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Mason Parris vs. Gable Steveson

Steveson returned to wrestling at the U.S. Open and won the 125kg division to set up the match with Parris. The two have wrestled before. 

Steveson won NCAA titles for Minnesota in 2021 and 2022, and a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics (even though it was in 2021). Winning a World title later this year grants him access. 

Only 12 wrestlers have won an NCAA title, World title, and Olympic title during their careers. It’s the triple crown of our sport — a rare feat that requires gold medal success at the three most prestigious wrestling championships in the world. 

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Mason Parris Wrestling Ranking 

In the most recent Domestic Men’s Freestyle rankings on FloWrestling, Parris ranked second in the 125kg weight class. 

Here are the top 5: 

  1. Gable Steveson 
  2. Mason Parris
  3. Hayden Zillmer
  4. Nick Gwiazdowski
  5. Dom Bradley

Here are the complete rankings. 

How Wrestlers Qualify For Final X Wrestling 2023

A wrestler can qualify for Final X in one of three ways.

First, all 2022 senior world medalists automatically qualified for Final X. There were seven wrestlers in men’s freestyle, six in women’s freestyle and zero in Greco-Roman who met this criterion.

Next, all champions from the 2023 US Open (held April 26-30) automatically qualified for Final X.

Finally, for the weights that didn’t have a returning world medalist, the World Team Trials Challenge Tournament (May 20-21) champion will earn a spot in Final X. 

Men’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 57 kg: *Thomas Gilman vs Zane Richards
  • 61 kg: Vito Arujau vs Nahshon Garrett
  • 65 kg: *Yianni Diakomihalis vs Nick Lee
  • 70 kg: *Zain Retherford vs Tyler Berger
  • 74 kg: *Kyle Dake vs Jason Nolf
  • 79 kg: *Jordan Burroughs vs Chance Marsteller
  • 86 kg: *David Taylor vs Aaron Brooks
  • 92 kg: Michael Macchiavello vs Zahid Valencia
  • 97kg: *Kyle Snyder vs J’den Cox
  • 125 kg: Gable Steveson vs Mason Parris

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Women’s Freestyle Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 50 kg: *Sarah Hildebrandt vs Audrey Jimenez
  • 53 kg: *Dominique Parrish vs Katie Gomez
  • 55 kg: Alisha Howk vs Jacarra Winchester
  • 57 kg: *Helen Maroulis vs Xochitl Mota-Pettis 
  • 59 kg: Michaela Beck vs Jennifer Page
  • 62 kg: *Kayla Miracle vs Adaugo Nwachukwu
  • 65 kg: Mallory Velte vs Macey Kilty
  • 68 kg: Forrest Molinari vs Emma Bruntil
  • 72 kg: *Amit Elor vs Joye Levendusky
  • 76 kg: Kennedy Blades vs. Adeline Gray

*Denotes 2022 World Medalist

Men’s Greco-Roman Matchups At Final X Wrestling 2023

  • 55 kg: Brady Koontz vs Dalton Duffield
  • 60 kg: Dalton Roberts vs Ildar Hafizov
  • 63 kg: Hayden Tuma vs Xavier Johnson
  • 67 kg: Robert Perez III vs Alejandro Sancho
  • 72 kg: Justus Scott vs Patrick Smith
  • 77 kg: Kamal Bey vs Aliaksandr Kikiniou
  • 82 kg: Spencer Woods vs Ryan Epps
  • 87 kg: Alan Vera vs Zachary Braunagel
  • 97 kg: Josef Rau vs Christian Dulaney
  • 130 kg: Cohlton Schultz vs Adam Coon

How To Watch Final X Wrestling 2023 

Final X will stream live on FloWrestling and the FloSports app.

FloWresting also will serve as home of match archives and provide the latest news from Final X.