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Junior Brad Pataky got a taste of some success at the NCAA Championships last year and will look to take the next step with an All-American run in 2009-10. Pataky heads into the new season with plenty of experience at 125, over 100 dual meet points and an 11-0 mark in technical falls. A 31-11 mark in 2009 and a 7-1 Big Ten dual match mark make Pataky a contender for plenty of post-season hardware and the Clearfield native's leadership will be key to Penn State's lighter weights this year.
Majored Lehigh's John McDonald and posted 4-pt. TF over Bloom's Jason Guffey in opening weekend on 11/13-15...went 3-0 at Sprawl and Brawl Duals, including 4-0 win over No. 8 Eric Morrill of Edinboro....went 4-1 at Nittany Lion Open to take second, lost to #9 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech in the finals...went 3-2 to take fifth at Reno TOC on 12/20...pinned LHU's George Ester on 1/3...went 3-1 at Virginia Duals with wins over #16 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech and #13 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma....downed #19 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State on 1/24...majored Wisconsin's Drew Hammen on 1/31...15-0 tech fall over NU's Levi Mele on 2/5, then posted 13-0 major over Michgan's Sean Boyle on 2/7 (outscoring two Big Ten opponents 28-0 in less than 24 hours...21-5 TF over MSU's Brennan Lyon on 2/12...went 7-1 in Big Ten duals after win at Minnesota on 2/19.
Big 10 Championships
(2-2, 4th): Took fourth at Big Ten Championships, going 2-2 with wins over Purdue's Cashe Quiroga and Ohio State's Nikko Triggas.
(2-2, DNP): Downed #9 and #8 seeds Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma and Matt Steintrager of Central Michigan in NCAA tourney before losing to #1 and #2 seeds, ending season in Round of 12 for second straight year.
Went 2-2 to take fourth at the MSU Open on 11/9, including a technical fall...had 4-0 weekend in New York on 11/21-23, winning at Cornell and going 3-0 at Sprawl and Brawl Duals (including two technical falls)...went 6-1 with two pins to take fifth at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/7...superb 4-1 record at National Duals on 1/10-11, downing #11 Mike Watts of Michigan, pinning #18 Brian Owen of Boise State and picking up wins over Missouri and Nebraska....downed defending national champion Angel Escobedo, ranked #4, 4-3 in Big Ten dual on 1/23 and majored Purdue's Akif Eren less than 24 hours later on 1/24...continued to dominate Big Ten with 14-7 win over No. 5 Eric Sanders of Minnesota on 1/30 and 12-4 major over Wisconsin's Drew Hammon on 2/1...majored Ohio State's Nikko Triggas 14-3 on 2/6 then lost 9-3 to #4 Charlie Falck of Iowa on 2/8...tech fall over MSU's Eric Olanowski on 2/13 and 11-9 win over #17 Michael Watts of Michigan on 2/14 to close out Big Ten dual schedule with 7-1 mark...lost 12-4 to #11 Rollie Peterkin on 2/20.
Big 10 Championships
(2-2, 4th place, National Qualifier): Entered 2009 Big Ten Tournament as No. 4 seed and wrestled to his place with a 2-2 mark...beat #9 Zach Sanders of Minnesota and Illinois' B.J. Futrell in the tourney.
(3-2, DNP): Went 3-2 in first NCAA tournament appearance, getting a pin and a major in the process...pinned Bloomsburg's Ian Moser in `pigtail bout'...also picked up wins over Clarion's Jay Ivanco and Futrell again before bowing out of tournament.
Olympic red-shirt season.
Opened the season with a 2-1 performance at the Pennsylvania Duals on Nov. 13...placed sixth at the Nittany Lion Open with a 5-2 mark...went 2-2 at the Reno Tournament of Champions...won the title at the Millersville Tournament in early January...posted an impressive 16-0 technical fall over No. 17 Obe Blanc of Lock Haven in Penn State's win at LHU on Jan. 11...13-0 major over Iowa State's Ben Hanish...20-4 tech fall over Anner Arroyo of Ohio State on Feb. 17...17-0 TF over Purdue's Jeff Price two days later, with both matches coming on the road...seeded No. 8 for Big Ten Championships at Indiana...dropped 8-2 decision to No. 1 seed Joe Dubuque of Indiana...suffered upset loss to Ohio State's Nathan Costello in next round, getting pinned despite handily leading the match, ending quest for trip to nationals...went 15-8 overall...6-2 in duals with 2-1 mark in Big Ten duals...led Penn State with 6-0 record in matches decided by technical falls...3-1 in pins...collected 27 dual match points..won team's Best Freestyle Wrestler Award.
Big Ten Championships
(0-2, DNP): Pataky went 0-2 in his first run through at the Big Ten Championships....lost 8-2 to top-seeded Joe Dubuque of Iowa...pinned by Ohio State's Nathan Costello in wrestle-backs after leading through much of the bout.
A two-time PIAA AAA Champion and three-time finalist...won titles in 2004 and 2005...went 34-2 and reached the final as a freshman...he was ranked No. 2 in the nation at 112 pounds by Wrestling USA and No. 1 in the nation at 119 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine...had a career record of 131-5 at Clearfield High School...ranked No. 1 at 119 pounds by the Intermat Wrestling High School Team Rankings...posted a 37-1 record in his senior season...an accomplished Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestler. .. placed second at 112 pounds in the junior freestyle division and first at 112 pounds in the junior Greco-Roman division at the 2004 Cadet and Junior National Championships...Pataky is the son of Randy and Carol Pataky. He has a brother Kevin and a sister Brittany.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|2009-10||28-10||17-3 (7-1)||11-7 (2-2/2-2)||4-1||3-1||5-1||68|
|2008-09||31-11||20-6 (7-1)||13-7 (2-2/3-2)||5-3||5-0||5-3||76|
|2005-06||15-8||6-2 (2-1)||9-6 (0-2/0-0)||2-1||6-0||2-3||27|
|Career||74-29||43-11 (16-3)||33-20 (4-6/5-4)||11-5||14-1||12-7||172|