Pete literally practiced the maxim "If you can't beat him, join him," when he became Darryl Burley's roommate after losing to him in the 1978 NJ state finals. Their storybook relationship continued throughout Lehigh--in his first two years, Pete cut to 126 to stay below Darryl, then deferred in '80-81. In '81-82 Burley went up to 142 to allow Pete to return at 134--where Pete gratefully earned an NCAA 3rd (Darryl won his 2nd national title).
That senior year was Pete's best: 24-2-1, with 15 bonus wins and ranked top two nationally. In his only two league tourneys entered, Pete won twice--at 134 in '82 & '83.