Hungduan wrestling team sets new goals

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


FOLLOWING the recent loss of one of their priced teammate, the Hungduan Ifuguao wrestling team continue to aim of producing competitive athletes as candidate members for the Philippine National Team.

Hungduan wrestling team coach and manager Marilyn Buyucan told Sun.Star Baguio that John Mar Pat-angay's untimely passing is a very sad experience for all of them but it will serve as a challenge to carry on with their goal of producing world class wrestlers.

"John Mar's premature death is a great loss for us and the whole team mourns for him, but we agreed to take this trial as an inspiration to pursue better outcomes in the future," Buyucan said.

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Pat-angay, a bronze medallist in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna, died after being comatose in the hospital for six days before passing on July 16 due to a motorcycle accident.

The sixteen-year-old fourth year student of Hungduan Ifugao National High School is earlier eyed to be a member of the Philippine Team training pool.

According to Buyucan, two other female wrestlers from their team are also eyed as members of the national training pool.

“There are two other young female athletes which was also eyed as training pool members, soon enough if they continue to develop, malaki ang chance nila to qualify sa RP team,” Buyucan said.

The wrestling coach said Hungduan will continue to build name in the sport will try to put Ifugao in the national wrestling sports map.

“For the meantime, the team will rest in respect of our teammate’s loss, but as I have said we will take him with us as an inspiration to do better and aim for more honors,” said Buyucan.

“Itutuloy nalang namin to strive better para mas marami pang mga Hungduan wrestlers ang makatupad sa pangarap ni John Mar na maging member ng Philippine Team. Despite the lack of equipment we are very proud to make a huge name sa national picture,” Buyucan added.

Recently, the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Association announced wrestling as an official competition to be included in the annual Palarong Pambansa, Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, Women Martial Arts Festival and other POC-PSC sanctioned competitions.

Wrestling is projected to be the next gold mine for Cordillera in next year’s Palaro counting among other combative sports like taekwondo and arnis.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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