Freshman Cole Price, sophomore Jarid Price and junior Jarell Price never wrestled on the same team growing up in the Las Vegas High School District.
“We were all at different places,” Jarell said. “This is the first time we’ve ever all been together in the same place on the same team. Who would’ve thought it would be in Kansas.”
Much of that can be attributed to the integrity head coach Jimmy May has preached to prospective wrestlers who are thinking about attending Baker.
“We try to look for guys who can come in here and excel in the classroom and on the mat,” May said. “These guys know it’s a serious deal to keep your academics in check. We also like to teach life lessons. Wrestling can go hand in hand with lessons you’ll need to learn to succeed in life.”
A recruiting trip back to his hometown of Las Vegas was all it took for coach May to forever change the lives of the Price brothers.
“Coach was actually out here recruiting our younger brother Cole,” added Jarell. “We ended up talking with coach in the right place at the right time and everything just came together.”
They were wrestling at Eldorado High School in a room named in the honor of coach May. Known as the “Dynasty in the Desert,” the Sun Devil wrestling program under coach May captured a dozen state wrestling championships in the 1980s and 1990s, including eight consecutive state championships between 1986 and 1993.
Wrestling wasn’t always the first priority for the trio of brothers. Their father was a basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh, but when the brothers wanted to get in better shape they switched over to wrestling.
“Jarid couldn’t win a match in high school,” Jarell said. “He was the guy everyone else wanted to wrestle because they knew they’d beat him. You look at him now and his friends don’t even know who he is, the guy’s a beast.”
Jarid checks in at the heaviest of the three brothers at 184 pounds. Cole Price and Jerell Price wrestle at 149 pounds.
“I’m totally amazed at the way coach teaches us during practice,” Cole said. “You feel like you’ve got your father out there teaching you. The coaching staff really puts in a lot of time getting to practice early. They truly want us to succeed in whatever we are doing.”
“I think thus far wrestling at Baker has changed my life,” Jarid said. “I just want to keep getting better and push to become an All-American one day.”
From Las Vegas to Baldwin City, Kan., both head coach Jimmy May and the Price brothers will look to make more history in the coming years as the Wildcats begin to establish themselves as a national power.
“We’re getting closer to where we want to be, we’ve gotta just keep getting better everyday and everything else will take care of itself,” added coach May.
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