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1984 Wrestling Season > Pete Yozzo

Pete Yozzo is in the Lehigh Hall of Fame

Bio: One of the most exciting grapplers to ever don the Brown and White, Pete Yozzo was a national champion at 142 pounds. A three-time NCAA All-American and a three-time EIWA champion, Yozzo became the first Lehigh wrestler to ever win 100 career bouts.

Wrestling at 142 pounds, Yozzo did more than just defeat his opponents; he dominated them. In his four years on the mat at Lehigh, Yozzo posted a career record of 100-13-3. In two-thirds of his victories (67 of 100), Yozzo
earned bonus points.

Legendary Lehigh wrestling coach Thad Turner witnessed Yozzos fantastic career first hand from the sidelines. I think Pete may have had one of the great analytical minds of all of the wrestlers I coached. He had a great aptitude to find out how to beat his opponent. He was a very hard worker and a pleasure to have on the team. His analytical mind has served him well in life after Lehigh too, as he has done extraordinary things since graduation.

Not only did Yozzo pick up wins, but he did so against some stiff competition. In fact, five of his wins or draws came against eventual national champions.

As a sophomore, Yozzo won an EIWA title at 142 and went on to place third at Nationals. A year later, he continued his climb by winning another EIWA crown and posting a second place NCAA finish.

In his senior season, Yozzo won both an EIWA title and a national championship at 142 pounds. His pin of eventual two-time champion Pat Santoro in the national finals marked career victory number 100 for Yozzo. He won 93% of his matches during his final three years at Lehigh, and, over the course of his final two seasons, Yozzo scored bonus points in 75% of his bouts.

For his efforts, Yozzo was twice named the EIWAs Outstanding Wrestler. He is one of five Lehigh matmen in the programs illustrious history to have earned that distinction more than once over the course of a career.

I am honored to be recognized alongside a group of people that I grew up looking up to: guys like Mike Frick, Mark Lieberman, and so many of the other wrestling legends in Lehighs great history, Yozzo said.

Yozzo earned his degree in finance from Lehigh in 1987. Since graduating from Lehigh, Yozzo has been a founder of three companies. He is currently the founder and CEO of Think HR, a human resources firm based in California. At the same time, Yozzo is a volunteer assistant coach at Foothill High School, located in Pleasanton, Calif.

Yozzo and his wife Laura currently reside in Pleasanton with their four children: Nicole, Thomas, Hannah, and Katie.

Stats for Pete Yozzo

YearBOUTSWINSFALLSLOSSES
1987242152
YearBOUTSWINSFALLSLOSSES
1986363372
YearBOUTSWINSFALLSLOSSES
1985312912
YearBOUTSWINSFALLSLOSSES
1984261817

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