The Price of Legacy

Wrestling With a Dynasty

How is a legacy created?  What is the cost of keeping it alive?  For the town of Perry, OK, values such as character, grit, determination and effort symbolize its history and have created its immense success. This small town of 5,000 was established during the Land Run in 1893 and is home to one of the most prestigious and important manufacturing companies in the world.  It has also been the scene of two of the most prolific chapters written in American history.  But ultimately, Perry is defined by its chosen sport of wrestling.  Perry is home to the most celebrated and nationally recognized high school wrestling program in the United States. It has been called the Wrestling Capital of the World and rightly so.  It is a wrestling dynasty and its records are virtually unmatched.  And part of its legacy is a monumental 56-year streak of winning Oklahoma State Wrestling Championships.


Since 1961, Perry has never gone more than two years without winning a team state championship. In 2017, the program is in the midst of going two years without a title.  They need to win to preserve the epic and historic streak. Decades of sacrifice, accomplishment, pain and glory are on the line again at the 2017 OK State Wrestling Tournament.  Will Perry’s identity be shattered if they don’t win?  Will Perry still be Perry?  It is the home of two Olympic Gold Medal winners.  A WWE star.  Hundreds of champions.  For a town that has accomplished so much, how reliant is it in the success of the wrestling team keeping the streak alive? The film The Price of Legacy will answer these questions in a visually-stunning and emotionally inspiring way. 




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The story of Perry, Oklahoma, and The Price of Legacy revolves around the people of Perry who made it what it is. The courageous and adventurous settlers who risked everything for a new future during the Land Run in the late 1800's.  The kids, coaches and Perry alum who built and sustained a wrestling dynasty.  The icons who's tales of sacrifice and achievement are as legendary as their reputation. Former wrestlers who have gone on to fame and success.  Store owners, ranchers, and the people who turned Ditch Witch into a global brand.  Heroes, survivors, and even those who's dreams were crushed.  


The Price of Legacy is about the men and women who have wrestled with a dynasty.   And won. 


Danny Hodge - Olympic Gold Medal winner in wrestling.  Legendary wrestling icon regarded as the greatest all-around wrestler in history who has his sport's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy named after him. 


The seven coaches who turned the Perry wrestling program into a winning machine. 


Ditch Witch founders and the workers who invest the sweat equity to make it a company Fortune Magazine called one of the most important of the 20th century. 


Former Perry wrestlers who built the foundation of a dynasty. 


Jack Swagger - WWE star and former Perry wrestler (Jake Hager). 


Parents, friends and family members of wrestlers who have shared the task and responsibility of keeping an unfathomable winning streak alive. 


Charlie Hanger - the Oklahoma State Trooper who arrested Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh


Business owners who have kept a town alive for well over 100 years. 


The 2017 Perry Wrestling team members desperately trying to keep a 56-year old streak alive.


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