Hungduan mourns for Palaro medalist

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


WHILE Baguio City was commemorating the July 16, 1990 earthquake last week, an Ifugao town mourns for the untimely passing of the sixteen-year-old Philippine national training pool prospect John Mar Pat-angay.

The young Pat-angay of Hugnduan first writhed in a comatose state for six days before his untimely passing due to a motorcycle accident, which happened July 11.

Hungduan wrestling team coach and manager Marilyn Buyucan told Sun.Star Baguio through Facebook Pat-angay’s premature death was a big loss not only to the team but for the whole of Ifugao.

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“John Mar’s untimely death is a great loss for all of us, the whole wrestling team mourns for him,” Buyucan said.

According to reports, the fourth year student from Hungduan Ifugao National High School was on his way home for his lunch break on July 11 when he decided to hitch a ride on a friend’s motorcycle. The motorcycle accidentally fell off a rift and the two passengers were rescued by passing motorists where they were rushed to the nearby hospital.

Pat-angay was a bronze medallist in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna earlier in May, and was one of the secondary wrestlers eyed to make it in the national training pool, according to the Wrestling Association of the Philippines.

The 46-kilogram weight division grappler was also a gold medalist in the 2014 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.

According to Buyucan, Pat-angay together with two other female wrestlers from the Hungduan team were eyed to join the national training pool.

“This was really hard for us so for the mean time the team decided to momentarily hang our training, this sport really remind us of him,” Buyucan said.

Despite the death of Pat-angay, Buyucan encouraged their wrestling team to be inspired of the life of the fallen promising wrestler.

“But I told all other athletes to take this trial as an inspiration especially with the other young athletes who are being eyed as part of the national team. John Mar is an athlete worth emulating for and we will carry his memories as an inspiration,” Buyucan added.

Wrestling is projected to be the next gold mine for Cordillera in next year’s Palaro where it will be included among the regular competition to be played.

Earlier in May, CAR closed out with a strong performance in the wrestling event despite being showcased as a demo sport, putting in tow three gold, two silver, and four bronze medals to finish second place overall in the sport.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 25, 2014.

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