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BLACKSBURG - Former NCAA All-American and Real Pro Wrestling champion Pat Cummins has been hired by the Virginia Tech Athletics Department, as announced Friday. Cummins will be an assistant coach with the Hokie wrestling program and completes head coach Kevin Dresser's coaching staff. Cummins will work with the upper weights.

Cummins, who is still active in the competitive wrestling scene, comes to Blacksburg after working for the Wildcat Wrestling Club at Northwestern and the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in State College, Pa. It was in the latter city that Cummins made his mark as a collegiate wrestler.

"Tony and I are very excited to add Pat to our staff," Dresser said. "Obviously, his presence as a big man, as well as his athletic style of wrestling, is a great addition to our program. I have seen Pat as a teacher of wrestling and I was very impressed. I am excited to work with him."

The Lancaster, Pa., native made the NCAA finals in 2004 and finished as a two-time All-American at Penn State University. He also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for his alma mater after graduation.

In the first season of RPW, Cummins scored one of the biggest upsets in the finals, beating top-seeded Tolly Thompson, 10-3, in the 264-pound championship match.

In 2004, Cummins placed eighth at the Sunkist Open and made the Olympic Trials by qualifying out of the East Regional Olympic Qualifier. He placed fifth at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials challenge tournament.

Cummins placed fourth in the nation at heavyweight as a junior before taking runner-up honors his final season. He placed third at the Big Ten Tournament in 2003 and second in 2004.

A three-year letterman (2002-04), he went 38-5 as a senior and 38-9 as a junior in 2003. The three-time national qualifier left PSU with a 108-37 career record. His 30 career pins still rank among the best in school history.

Cummins graduated in 2004 from Penn State with a degree in fine arts.

Dresser's complete staff includes associate head coach Tony Robie, Cummins and volunteer assistant Nathan Yetzer.
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