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FHS moves on from Hall in wrestling

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Peter Car in Sports

Brandon Hall’s tenure as head coach of Freedom’s wrestling program came to an end recently.

After eight-years of leading the Pates, Hall won’t be back next season.

“It’s frustrating,” Hall said. “I can’t see myself coaching anywhere else because this is where I wanted to be, but they didn’t want to bring me back next year.”

Freedom principal Michael LaPorta offered his appreciation for Hall’s services, as the school looks for a new head coach.

“We are very thankful for the eight years that Brandon has dedicated to our school and wrestling program,” LaPorta said. “At this time, we have decided to take our wrestling program in another direction.”

Hall spent eight years as an assistant coach at Freedom before moving onto an assistant role at Bethlehem Catholic for two years before finally coming back to Patriot land to take over the head coaching duties.

He coached five district champions, four state medalists and two regional champions during his time.

In 2015, the program enjoyed a banner campaign with a 24-0 regular season and finishing the year 25-2.

Hall leaves Freedom with 112 career wins and plenty of memories despite not being asked to come back.

“When you got kids that never wrestled before like John Callahan and Tommy Bonilla and go out and win district titles, those are things I’m proud of,” said Hall. “I really do enjoy the coaching piece and it’s really gratifying to see kids have success. I’m sure I will be somewhere. I don’t know if that’s next year or the year after. Hopefully, there’s some programs out there that want me around.”