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Joe PantaleoClass: R-Sophomore
Previous School: Colonial Forge HS
Hometown: Stafford, Va.
2010 (R-Fr.): Finished his first full season with the Flames with a 15-10 record at 133 pounds … one of six grapplers to advance to the NCAA National Championships by winning the NCAA East Regional … one of eight Flames to post 15 or more wins on the year … ranked fourth on the team in wins by major decision (5) … 8-5 dual record ranked him tied for seventh on the team for dual victories … helped the Flames place first in the Keystone Classic (11/22) by posting two wins by decision … defeated Tyler Johnson of South Dakota State by a technical fall of 16-1 in the Hoosier Duals (11/28) … was 3-1 at the Southern Scuffle, with wins over Matt Ortega of Indiana (Dec./1-0), Scott Norris of N.C. State (Dec./8-1), and Michael Fennell of Ohio (Major Dec./17-9) … posted a victory over Oklahoma State's Tyler Shinn by a 6-5 decision (Jan. 8) … won four of final five regular season duals, including a fall (1:28) over Weston Haney of Appalachian State (Feb. 23) … won NCAA East Regional title … opened event with win over Brett Kostem of Gardner-Webb by a 9-3 decision … defeated Campbell's Richie Apolinar on a 13-1 major decision in the championship match… advanced to compete in first NCAA National Championships (3/18).
2009 (Fr.): Posted an 11-7 record during his first season with the Flames … suffered an injury at the Virginia Dual, cutting his season short … was one of 10 wrestlers to finish the season with 10 or more victories … eighth on the team with six victories in dual matches … won five of his first six bouts of the year … began his collegiate career in grand fashion, winning by fall over Gardner-Webb's Cortney Roberts (4:31) … posted a 3-3 record at the Body Bar Invitational, including a win by fall over Maryland's Lou Ruland (2:09) … was 4-1 at the Hoosier Duals, including three wins by decision and a 10-2 major decision victory over Ohio's Tim Silvers … his only loss at the Hoosier Duals was a narrow 1-0 decision to No. 1 Angel Escobedo of Indiana … was 2-2 at the Southern Scuffle, including a win by fall over UNC Greensboro's Robert Gribschaw (2:53).
Prep: Was a four-year letterwinner at Colonial Forge High School … compiled a 167-36 career high school record, winning at an 82.3 percent clip for the Eagles … two-time state champion ... three-time district and regional tournament victor … competing at 119 pounds, he finished his freshman year with a 28-11 record, placing third at the district tournament and sixth at regionals … claimed the title at the district and regional championship as a sophomore, while posting a 34-13 record … district, regional and state title winner as a junior with a 50-6 mark at 125 pounds … repeated as district, regional and state tournament victor as a senior … finished his final year with a 55-6 record and placed fourth at the Beast of the East tournament.
Personal: Son of Dan and Jacqueline Pantaleo … birthday is on June 30 … comes from a long line of collegiate wrestlers, as his father and uncle, Michael, wrestled at Olivet College … is the nephew of current Flames assistant coach Joe Pantaleo, who was a two-time national runner-up at Michigan … international business major at Liberty … lists Emperor's New Groove, the Lion King and Vision Quest among the top movies he saw this past year … within five years of graduating from Liberty, he would like to win a national freestyle tournament … aggressive and enduring are two words he uses to describe himself on the mats.