The long and storied history of Perry High School wrestling in Perry, Oklahoma is being chronicled in an upcoming documentary. That storied history added another milestone last month when Perry won the school's 1,000th dual meet.

On Episode 495 of the Short Time Wrestling Podcast, I talk with head coach Ronnie Delk, an Oklahoma State alum, in his eighth year coaching the program. The school and town center around wrestling, with a noted monument dedicated to all its state champions as well as historical heroes like Jack VanBebber and Danny Hodge.

What's it like being an “outsider” coaching in Perry? How relevant is Danny Hodge today? What about guys like Jake Hager? How did Delk's battles with Daniel Frishkorn for the starting spot at 141 pounds at Oklahoma State impact his career and impact how he coaches kids?

Information on the documentary, The Price of Legacy, can be found at

Photo courtesy Ronnie Delk

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