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Lehigh coach, Penn State champ John Hughes recovering from serious farm accident

John Hughes in action as associate head coach at Lehigh University
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John Hughes, Lehigh associate head wrestling coach and NCAA champ for Penn State, is recovering at home after an accident at his parents’ farm Monday, according to the Lehigh wrestling website Friday.

Jeff Byers, voice of Penn State wrestling, had reported that Hughes had suffered a serious injury while using a chainsaw earlier this week. According to Lehigh, Hughes underwent nearly five hours of emergency surgery to his left forearm, including tendon, nerve and artery damage. The statement goes on to say that Hughes “is now facing extensive physical therapy with an expectation toward full recovery.”

Hughes has been on the Mountain Hawks’ coaching staff for six seasons. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Hughes was an assistant coach at Penn State for five years.

As a Nittany Lion wrestler, Hughes was a three-time NCAA All-American, winning the 142-pound crown at the 1995 NCAAs, shutting out Gerry Abas of Fresno State in the finals, 7-0. He was also a finalist at the 1996 NCAAs, falling to Iowa’s Bill Zadick. (Hughes had defeated Zadick to win the 1996 Big Ten conference crown.)

Before launching his collegiate mat career, John Hughes was a four-time Pennsylvania state champ at Benton High School.

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