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Hogan drops heartbreaker

Even before it had sunk in that one of their wrestlers had just been crowned as a state champions for the fourth time, the Peru faithful quickly turned their attention back to the mat.

There was Patrick "Pappy" Hogan, who had finished in sixth and fourth place at the state tournament the last two years, now looking to stand at the top of the podium.

Across from him was Ryan Osleeb, a wrestler whose last year was almost a mirror reflection of Hogan's.

Both were in the state championship match at 130-lbs. Both visited Harvard, Brown and American College on the same weekend. Both had signed to wrestler for Harvard.

Now, they met on the mat to decide the NYSPHSAA championship.

At the start, Hogan shot in several times, but was unable to come away with any points in a 0-0 period.

"I knew his best position was on his feet, so I really tried to get on him early in the match," Hogan said. "I knew I was going to escape from him in the second, so that wasn't a problem."

Hogan was indeed able to get the first point of the match on an escape in the second period and again tried for several takedowns, each one closer than the last and each one blocked by Osleeb.

"He did some funky stuff and I just couldn't finish on him," Hogan said.

"It was working," coach Mike Hogan said about the gameplan of his son and team captain. "The kid has some great defense on the legs and he did some stuff that was unique and hard to train for. He had some counters that not every kid has. That stopped him from getting about three takedowns because that kid was a terrific athlete."

In the third period, Hogan started in the top position and was able to ride out the first minute plus.

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