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Top 50 Countdown - #32-#31

By MI Grappler, 03/25/20, 12:15PM EDT


32. John Hartupee

A Mt. Pleasant native, Hartupee won three straight Class B state titles from 1974-1976.  He was named a WrestlingUSA All-American as a senior and stayed close to home for college, wrestling for Central Michigan.

Hartupee earned two MAC titles at 118 lbs and was an NCAA finalist as a senior in 1981.  Seeded 10th, he pinned Barry Davis of Iowa in the second round, propelling his finals run.  Davis would go on to win three NCAA titles.  In the finals, he fell to Gene Mills, who was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

College coaching would follow as he made stops at Clemson, Michigan, and Pittsburgh before getting the head coaching gig at Duquesne in 1997, which he held until they dropped the program in 2010.  Hartupee was inducted into CMU's Hall of Fame in 1997.

31. Alec Pantaleo

One of just a handful of guys on the list who are still active, Pantaleo was a two-time finalist and state champ as a sophomore for Canton. Despite missing his junior season to injury, he compiled a 177-9 record for the Chiefs.  He placed 6th at Flonationals in 2013 and went to U of M following high school.

At Michigan, Pantaleo placed top-four in the Big Tens each year and was a champ in 2018.  He captured three All-American honors by placing 6th, 5th, and 3rd, respectively, in his final three years for the Wolverines.  Pantaleo also made the Junior World Team in 2016 and the U23 World Team in 2019.  

Still training with Michigan at the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, Pantaleo has his sights set on the 2020 (2021) Olympic Trials and should be a force on the Senior level for however long he chooses to compete.