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Joel StaffordClass: Sophomore
Previous School: Eastside HS
Hometown: Oxford, Ga.
2010 (Fr.): Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll … competed for the Flames at 125 pounds in his first collegiate wrestling season … posted a 2-2 record at the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29-30)… defeated Ohio's Kyle Ciccarello by a 10-7 decision and picked up a 12-1 major decision victory over Tony Gravely of Appalachian State.
Prep: Graduated from Eastside High School, where he won over 200 matches … posted an impressive 92.3 high school winning percentage (203-17) … two-time state champion … posted a 46-8 record as freshman, where he finished third at the state championship at 103 pounds … captured his first state title at 103 pounds as a sophomore, finishing the year with a 54-2 record … wrestled at 119 pounds as a junior and senior … finished second at the state championship event as a junior, finishing the year with a 52-3 record … captured the state title as a senior at 119 pounds, completing the year with a 51-4 record.
Personal: Son of Bill and Jill Stafford … birthday is on April 30 … is a business marketing major … would like to pursue a career as an attorney after college … lists Doritos, Gold Fish, almonds and granola bars among his favorite snack foods … if he could live anywhere for a year it would be New Zealand, as he brother lived there and he loves new experiences … Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are among his favorite childhood television shows.