David Fantini

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Last year, Mount Carmel Area Wrestling welcomed three new member into its 100 win club. The president of that club would be David Fantini, the first ever MCA wrestler to win 100 matches in the course of his career. David would not post that 100th victory during the Southeast Regional Championship in 1990. Dave would proceed to a third place finish at the State Championship Wrestling Tournament and would culminate his career with a 105-17 record. Fantini wrestled from 126 to 140 pounds during his career ad would win 50% of his matches via pin.

In addition to his 3rd place finish in 1990, David also earned a 5th place medal in the 1989 State Tournament. H would win three Schuylkill League Wrestling Championships, to go along with two Southeast Regional Championships. He was recognized as a first team Reading Eagle All Anthracite selection, and was given the D’Angelo Award as MCA’s Outstanding Wrestler. He was also the Lou Grayson Most Valuable Wrestler, as well as, the Mattucci Award winner, given to the most dedicated wrestler. David would take his talents to Wilkes College, a Division I wrestling program at the time.

Fantini began his athletic career at MCA playing football for Coach Jazz Diminick. A four-year letterman, Fantini would use his takedown skills as the second lead tackler in both his junior and senior season. He would register 164 tackles for the Red Tornadoes in being named to the second team by the Reading Eagle. David would garner the Breakfast Club Award as the Tornadoes outstanding player of the week and would win the Mike Terry Award during the 1989 season. David would play on the Eastern Conference Wold Card team in 1986, The District XI Silver Medal team in 1988, and the 1989 Eastern Conference Runner-Up.

During his time at Wilkes, David was a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration. He participated in a graduate assistant program in the Universities’ Nursing program. He receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care & Marketing.

He now makes his some in Dowingtown, Pa. With his with his wife Cathy, and sons, Nicholas (8), and Zachary (6). He currently works for Phase Forward as a Business Development Manager: Phase Forward is a leading provider of integrated data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety,

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