Wrestling Coach Honored for Service at Chapel Hill High School
Coach Robert “Tripp” Price received a great surprise before the Chapel Hill High School home wrestling match against Orange High School on January 9. Principal Charles Blanchard shared with the CHHS staff the following day, “Special guests arrived to announce he will be inducted into the NC Wrestling Hall of Fame for his 30 years of service as a coach for high school wrestlers in North Carolina! Coach Price had no idea this was going to be presented to him.”
The Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award is given in recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship through the sport of wrestling. Price got his start with the CHHS program as a volunteer assistant coach, and he has filled the head coaching position since 2011. Under his tenure, CHHS has hosted multiple North Carolina U.S.A. Wrestling national qualifying events, and he created the Tiger Holiday Classic, known as one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the Southeast. Price is a two-time winner of Conference Coach of the Year.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,” Price said. “It was shocking when Coach Bennett and Coach Shriner got up and made the announcement. This award happened because of having great folks around for years that want to help kids, and the late Bob Culton who gave me the opportunity to be the wrestling coach at Chapel Hill High.”
“This is an awesome honor and we are blessed and proud to have him at our school,” Blanchard said.