Jackson High School’s two-time state qualifier Brice Parks, and his brother Anthony, will soon join the Tigers in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The twin brothers recently signed letters of intent to attend Campbellsville University this fall and wrestle for the NAIA Mid-South Conference School.

“I just wanted to compete at the next level, but I think the biggest thing for me was to be able to wrestle with my brother,” said Brice.

That was the most important thing for Anthony as well.

“I wanted to be able to wrestle with Brice,” he said. “They gave me a pretty good deal for my college.”

Two of the Ironmen’s top wrestlers have made trips to camp almost weekly over the past four years to train and drill to improve their wrestling skills.

“As individuals, I don’t think you can have better work ethics than these two,” said Jackson wrestling Coach Brandon Oliver. “That is why they are getting the opportunity to do what they are doing now because of their work ethics.

“When I first started coaching them, they didn’t win a lot as freshmen. They were athletic, but it came down to work ethic. When I took over the program, they did everything I asked of them. They attended wrestling camp in the summer, and they wrestled every weekend. It’s because of hard work ethics is why they are going to Campbellsville.”

Brice, who wrestled in the 170-pound weight class in high school, is hoping to break into the Tigers’ lineup at the 174-pound class.

“The coach told me he needed a wrestler in the 174 class, so I am going to go wherever he needs me,” Brice said. “I wrestled at 170 in high school, so I am comfortable with that. It’s not a big change.”

However, Anthony, who wrestled in the 182-pound weight class, has no problem with bulking up and wrestling in a heavier weight class.

Brice, who was a two-time state qualifier, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s state championships were canceled.

“Going to the state was a big honor, especially carrying the torch for my teammates,” he said. “We wanted to go to Columbus and win the whole thing, but it was robbed from us. Now I have to look forward to college and setting new goals.”

The senior wrestler was a three-time district qualifier, as well as a two-time district runner-up. He won three sectional titles and was a three-time league champion, as well as the WSAZ champion. Brice finished with an impressive 154 wins against just 27 losses in his four years at Jackson.

Anthony, who finished his career at Jackson with a 114-45 record, was a two-time league champion. He also had one sectional championship and was an alternate for the state championship in the 182-pound weight class during his senior year.

“It has been like a brotherhood,” Brice said about his time in the program at Jackson. “We are all close, and everyone hangs out together after practice. Four years in the program has helped me grow a lot and has taught me about work ethic and motivation.”

Brice and Anthony looked at multiple schools, but it really came down to choosing a school where they could go together, and in the end, Campbellsville won out.

They will be joining former teammate Kendra Thompson, who was a freshman on the women’s wrestling roster this year.

“I got to see their facilities and talk to the coaches. It doesn’t get much better than that,” \Coach Oliver said about Campbellsville. “They know how to win, and I think that is a big part of it.

Everything they offer is excellent, and the smaller classrooms help with learning. On top of that, they get the opportunity to wrestle and have fun.”

Both student-athletes are undecided, as far as a major; however, Brice said he is leaning toward entering into the nursing program.

A Christian university, Campbellsville, currently enrolls more than 12,000 students and is open to students of all denominations.