Pisgah Bear signs to wrestle in college

Jan. 19—Senior wrestler Xander Hill signed to continue his academic and wrestling careers with Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

"I'll be able to get my education and be able to do something I love," Hill said of his signing.

The coaches at Randolph hope Hill's experience — he captured his 100th win as a junior last season — will go a long way toward building a solid program foundation. Next year will be the school's inaugural season fielding a wrestling team.

Paul Biggs will serve as the Wildcat's first head coach. He served two stints as an assistant coach at Ferrum College, and was head coach at Morehead High School in Eden from 2017-23.

Biggs is a 2016 graduate of Ferrum, where he was the first wrestler to compete all four years for the Panthers. He qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships after earning a runner-up finish in the 149-pound weight class at the NCAA East Regional. He was also a regional place winner in 2015.

Pisgah's head wrestling coach, Ryan Gibson, said Biggs was very interested in Hill.

"He came and did a practice with our guys two weeks prior to Xander signing. Then he ran a practice for us to see the room. He was in contact with Xander every day after he left," Gibson said.

Gibson said he hopes Hill is the first of many wrestlers he can send to Randolph.

Hill said he was excited about the opportunity to learn and improve under Biggs. He added that the campus and the school class schedule appealed to him, as well.

"The campus is gorgeous," he said. "And you're able to do two classes, take a day break, and take two more classes. I know I'm going to be taken care of up there."