2011-12: Earned his first trip to the NCAA Championships in his final season at ODU after racking up over 85 career wins in four years... Posted a record of 22-14... Named First Team All-State by VaSID at 197 pounds...Placed third at the CAA Tournament... Had two major decisions, a tech fall and two falls... Went 5-1 in CAA dual action... Won the Hokie Open... Picked up two wins over NCAA qualifiers on the season.
2010-11: Took third place at the CAA Tournament ... Completed the year with a 20-13 record... Notched his third straight 20-win season... Finished in fourth place at the Hokie Open, finishing above nationally ranked Austin Trotman (Appalachian State) and Andrew Saunders (UNCG)... Took fourth at the Binghamton Open.
2009-10:Finished fifth on the team with 20 victories...Went 6-3 in CAA matches and finished third in the CAA Tournament... Had four major decisions and three pins on the year... Took first place at the Hokie Open... Won two matches over NCAA qualifiers and has three career wins over NCAA participants... Ranked as high as No. 16 by intermatwrestling.com.
2008-09:Picked up a pair of victories at the CAA Tournament at 184-pounds... Went 23-19 on the year... His 23 victories were seventh best on the team... Claimed second place in the freshmen/sophomore bracket at the Michigan State Open at 184-pounds... Placed third at the Hokie Open... Won seven bouts by pin, second best on the team.
Prep:Wrestled four years for Jeff Ratczak at Kaukauna HS...Undefeated his junior and senior years...Two-time state champion and three-time finalist...NHSCA Senior All-American...Ironman Champion and Cheesehead Invitational Champion...Wisconsin Academic All-American...Clash Academic Award Winner...Also played two years of football...Ranked #2 in the nation at 189 lbs.
Off the Mat:Born Joseph Budi on April 18, 1990... Son of Dennis and JoAnne Budi... Has three brothers, John, Andrew, and Noah, and two sisters, Desi and Tally... Majoring in biology.
Joe Budi's Wins over NCAA Qualifiers:
3/3/2012 - Cody Reed (Binghamton)
2/17/12 - Cody Reed (Binghamton)
11/27/10 - Eric Cameron (Indiana)
11/7/10 - Diego Bencomo (Duke)
1/8/10 - Nick Knowles (Liberty)
1/8/09 - Tommy Spellman (Virginia Tech)
1/4/09 - Mikal McKee (UNC Greensboro)