WVU wrestling commit Hoke Hogan captures second-consecutive state championship

The young Class of 2024 grappler with a viral name who will compete at WVU next season finishes his senior campaign with an undefeated record and championship victory.

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It seems as though the last name 'Hogan' is just synonymous with wrestling championships.

For the most part, that's due to the icon stature of Hulk Hogan, who became the face of professional wrestling in the 1980's and 1990's en route to becoming a 12-time world champion in WWE and WCW.

But now, there is another wrestler who shares the Hogan name who has been racking up a few championships of his own.

Class of 2024 high school grappler Hoke Hogan -- who despite his name bears no relation or other connections to the legendary sports entertainer -- earned himself some virality when he announced his commitment to WVU wrestling last year, with fans quickly catching how appropriate his name is given his chosen sport. And while you won't catch this Hogan nailing opponents with a powerslam or a leg drop, it's easy to see that he is a force on the mat.

This past weekend, the Commerce (GA) stud earned the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class A State Wrestling Championship in the 190-lb. weight class. In the final round, Hogan earned a decision victory over opponent Toby Maddux -- a two-time individual state champion at a lower weight class who had suffered his only previous loss on the season to Hogan as well.

Hogan's state championship win marked back-to-back Class A titles for the grappler in the 190-lb. weight class. The win capped a flawless campaign for Hoke, who finished the season 49-0 overall. Hogan also has a pair of National High School Coaches Association championships to his name, and has been named a Fargo Freestyle All-American.

While Hogan has grabbed attention for his name, he'll likely begin to turn even more heads as his performance on the mat continues to impress. And if his senior campaign is any indication, Hogan could have big things in store for WVU wrestling -- hopefully the Big 12 and the NCAA are ready to handle 'Hokeamania.'