PERU - That Pappy - he's a Harvard man, now.
Peru varsity wrestler Patrick "Pappy" Hogan will be headed off to Harvard in the fall, signing on to be a member of the Crimson squad.
"Between the students and the coaches, everyone at the school had so much pride and was so happy to be there," Hogan said about his official visit to the Harvard campus. "It was really infectious and I couldn't turn it down once I had experienced it for a few days on my trip."
Hogan made unofficial visits to top-ranked Cornell, Princeton, Penn and American, making his official visits to all but Cornell, before making his decision.
"It feels surreal right now," Hogan said. "I cant wait to get out there. I know its going to be a challenge, but I think I'm ready for it."
Hogan said he expects everything to be amped up to another level once he graduates from Peru and moves on to Harvard.
"I think a lot of it is going to be getting used to living on my own and having to step it up in all aspects in college," Hogan said. "School work will be tougher at first, and so will the wrestling."
Both parents, Indians coach Mike Hogan who was a three-time national tournament competitor for Hofstra, and wife Julie, said the decision was left up to Pappy.
"We pretty much let him decide and he took a look at the colleges he was interested in," said Julie Hogan. "He is very excited and lucky to get accepted there."
"We're big Hofstra supporters, but when Harvard is knocking on your door, its hard to go anywhere else," Mike Hogan said. "He loved all of the schools, and it was a really tough decision, but he felt the most at home with Harvard."
"He's pretty excited about the whole thing," said Pappy about his father's reaction. "He didn't push me in any way to where I was going and let me make my own decision. He just said go wherever you feel like everything would work out the best."
Both father and son agreed that while they are looking forward to the future at Harvard, they are making the most of the remaining matches they have together as coach and player.
"It's definitely going to be weird not having my dad in the corner when I am wrestling," Pappy said. "But it is close enough that family can come down and watch and it be a day trip."
"He's been very easy for me to coach," Mike said. "He works hard and he never misses anything. He enjoys wrestling at his age probably more than I ever enjoyed it at his age. I know it's not easy being a coaches son, but he has enjoyed it."
"He has worked so hard and he is so excited to go to Harvard," said Julie Hogan. "We will be going down to watch him."