Sophomore wrestler Adam Hogue—known by friends and teammates alike as The Hoguey Bear—was welcomed to Harvard last fall by being assigned J.P. O’Connor ’10, 2010 NCAA national champion, as his practice partner. After spending hours on the mat with the aspiring-Olympian, Hogue tries to explain what makes the champ unstoppable. But that’s not all. In this exclusive interview, Hogue explains why he would make a good women’s volleyball player and why it’s not a good idea to eat too much before a wrestling match. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.
Name: Adam Hogue
Stats: Despite battling an ankle injury as a freshman last season, Hogue managed to finish fifth on the team in total wins, compiling a 7-6 record. At Blair Academy, the 165-pounder captured the 2009 Prep National Championship and was a three-time National Prep All-American.
Time for the inquisition!
1. Typical pre-game meal.
After weigh-ins, I usually eat a cold bagel with cream cheese, a banana, and oatmeal with honey. I drink two Gatorades and a water. The whole filet mignon pregame meal isn't exactly readily available in a gym at 7am.
They're going to the 'ship.
Classmates Esther Lofgren '07-'09 and Henrik Rummel '09 are bound for the Grand Finals for a chance to win the World Championships. The road to the finals was relatively painless for Lofgren, whose 8+ won its heat convincingly. Rummel, on the other hand, had to take a slightly longer route: after taking second in its heat, his four had to brave repechage to make it to the finals.
In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten savvier—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.
For the first time in his second go-around with the Dartmouth football team, Buddy Teevens has four wins in a season—and the campaign is just over half over. So when perennial powerhouse Harvard came to Hanover, N.H. last weekend, Teevens and his Big Green had a chance to make a statement. With a rowdy Homecoming crowd in the stands and the game aired on NESN, Dartmouth could have cemented its role as a team to watch. But instead, the Crimson came away with a dominant win, and Teevens is now faced with the task of making sure his team—currently 1-3 in Ivy play—doesn’t let up in the season’s final three games. Here’s what he had to say after the game.
The Head of the Charles is over, and most of Cambridge has probably forgotten about rowing, but in New Zealand, the action is just getting started, as the World Championships kicked off today. Since Lake Karapiro isn't particularly convenient for many of us, let The Back Page fill you in on the latest action by three competitors who used to call the Charles River home: Malcolm Howard '05, Esther Lofgren '07-'09, and Henrik Rummel '09. None of the three have raced yet, but here's a little background information on the Harvard and Radcliffe rowing alums.
After a 3-3 tie with Yale last night, the Harvard women’s hockey team bounced back this afternoon with a dominant 4-2 win over Brown. The win came from the efforts of sophomores Josephine Pucci and Jillian Dempsey, and tri-captains Liza Ryabkina and Kate Buesser.
The Crimson had some initial trouble finding the back of the cage in the first period, in which Harvard outshot the Bears, 13-7. Success finally came with 1:29 left in the first period. Pucci halted a breakout attempt by Brown and made a quick switch from defense to offense, winding through her opponents until she found the top corner of the goal.