Hog Wild

Drake brothers are world champion hog catchers— and darn proud of it
Dan and Mark Drake have certainly had their

Both Dan and Mark display this gold buckle on their belts. Both Dan and Mark display this gold buckle on their belts. share of athletic successes.

Dan was an all-state tight end for the Rockdale football team and Mark was an all-state baseball player, not to mention that he is the school’s all-time leading passer.

But nothing in their athletic history has crowned them “World Champions” which is what they can claim now.

At the Sabinal Wild Hog Festival and Craft Fair on March 28, the Drake brothers became the Wild Hog Catching World Champions and have the championship belt buckles to prove it.

And the video of the Drakes victory has also caused a buzz on Youtube.

The Drakes captured the crown by chasing down a 200- pound wild hog in a pen, stuffing him in a sack and crossing the finish line with porker in tow faster than anybody else— 9.9 seconds.

Dan Drake (left) and little brother Mark earned their title by sacking a hog faster than anyone. Dan Drake (left) and little brother Mark earned their title by sacking a hog faster than anyone. Both are pretty good size boys. Dan stands 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, while little brother Mark is 6-foot-3, 190.

Both are in the corp at Texas A&M University.

How, you may ask, did such a sophisticated pair of young men who are attending one of the country’s top colleges and are from a suburban family get involved in such a filthy sport.

This is not a hobby for the brothers, it was done on a whim.

Older brother Dan explains.

“Some friends and I were playing our guitars and banjo at another friend’s house when my friend Daniel came in and told us he “just discovered something that we have to do.”

“This was a Thursday night, and he went on to tell us that a partner with whom he was working on a project told him about a wild hog festival in Sabinal.”

While Mark Drake (ground) subdues the wild hog, Dan Drake prepares the sack to stick him into and sling across the finish line. While Mark Drake (ground) subdues the wild hog, Dan Drake prepares the sack to stick him into and sling across the finish line. After watching YouTube videos of the event, their friend Daniel talked them into going. However, the festival was Saturday.

“Much to our immediate chagrin, we realized that most of us had plans for that Saturday and would have to wait a year”.

However that Saturday night—still intrigued by the possibilities— they discovered that the wrestling competition was on Sunday.

“Daniel told me that he and my other friend Wes were planning on driving down the next morning.”

Not being one to miss out on an adventure, Drake told them he was going with them. He then called little brother Mark, sometime around 11 p.m., and asked him if he had any big tests the following week.

“I don’t remember what he said,” Dan said. “Because regardless of his answer I planned on telling him he had a four-hour drive ahead of him, so he could study in the truck.”

The quartet left College Station around 6:30 a.m. for the 229-mile trip to Sabinal (which is located southwest of San Antonio) and the rest is hog wrestling history.

Their friends Daniel and Wes even got themselves a silver medal for coming in second.

Watching the video, it’s Mark who gets ahold of the porker, then after they shove him in the gunny sack head first, Dan slings him across the finish line—all in 9.9 seconds and without any tusk wounds or teeth marks.

Just some muddy jeans for their troubles.

In a pre-event video interview, Dan explains their hog wrestling strategy as “move fast, hit hard and don’t let go.”

The Drake brothers fully expect to defend this prestigious title.

“We all plan to make another appearance at the 20th Annual Wild Hog Festival in Sabinal next Spring.”

They certainly don’t want to hog the title. If you care to watch the Drake brothers hog wrestling worldchampionship video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch? a=SHOPuzRo9D8&feature= channel


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