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Liberty Wrestling Announces Signing

May 15, 2006
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty Wrestling Announces Signing
Liberty University head wrestling coach Jesse Castro has announced that Patrick Hogan has signed to attend Liberty for the 2006-07 academic year and committed to wrestle for Flames squad that is scheduled to return to competition next fall.
 
"Patrick is a very accomplished wrestler in a state that is arguably one of the more competitive wrestling states in the country," said Castro.  "There is only one classification in New Jersey with 387 schools having wrestling programs and to go undefeated in that caliber of competition is praise worthy. He will be great addition to our program not only as an athlete, but as a person with good character."
 
Hogan, a native of Cranford, N.J., will graduate from Cranford High School this June, after a distinguished mat career for the Cougars.  Hogan finished his high school career by capturing a New Jersey State Championship this past season. In addition, he was a three-time region champion and state qualifier.
 
"In the search for a college, it amazed me to see how the Lord orchestrated everything to make a way for me to attend Liberty, and I'm excited to see what he has in store for me there," said Hogan.  "I am very honored to be part of Liberty's wrestling program, and blessed to be able to wrestle for a team that loves Jesus! I think that God is going to move greatly through Liberty's newly reinstated wrestling program and I'm just so excited to be part of it!"
 
As a senior, Hogan was undefeated with a 32-0 mark and posted a 61-2 record over his junior and senior seasons.  Along with winning the state championship this past winter, he finished the year being ranked 11th nationally by the Amateur Wrestling News.  Finishing his high school career with a 107-19 overall record for Cranford, he is only the second wrestler in school history to have over 100 wins and only the fourth state champion the school has produced.