UTC Wrestling BIO
 Javier Maldonado

2006-07: Defeated UNC Greensboro’s Jeff Hedges, 6-2 to win second straight SoCon championship at 125 pounds ... Earned league’s automatic bid to the NCAAs ... Tied for team lead with 29 victories ... Compiled a 29-7 overall mark ... Went 16-1 in dual matches and 13-6 in tournament competition ... All-Southern Conference honoree ... One of two Mocs to go undefeated in all five SoCon duals ... Scored a technical fall over Davidson’s Ben Altman, the SoCon Freshman of the Year ... Placed second at the Missouri Open with a 4-1 record which included three consecutive pins ... Finished eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and fifth at the Southern Scuffle ... Defeated Ohio State’s Will Livingston, 6-4 ... Edged Oregon’s State’s Jake Gonzales, 6-5 ... Notched a 10-2 major decision over Grant Ruge of Northern Iowa ... Recorded a 6-2 win over American’s Jasen Borshoff ... Registered a 17-3 major decision over Anthony Ciccarelli of Eastern Illinois ... Beat UNCG’s Hedges, 6-4 in the regular season ... Won by technical fall over Appalachian State’s Brody Essick ... Scored a 13-5 major over The Citadel’s Tyler Sim ... Earned a tech fall over VMI’s Jonathan Pope ... Only dual loss was a 3-2 decision by Luke Smith of No. 7 Central Michigan ... Enters the NCAAs ranked 15th nationally by Wrestling International Newsmagazine ... Ranked as high as 13th this season by NWCA/Intermat ... Picked the SoCon Wrestler of the Month for November ... Went 8-1 with three pins, three major decisions and a technical fall.

2005-06: Claimed Southern Conference title at 125 pounds ... Earned automatic berth to NCAA Championships ... Went 1-2 at Nationals, winning his first-ever match ... Defeated Lehigh’s Matt Fisk 4-2 in opening round ... Compiled a 26-12 overall record with five pins ... Went 11-7 in tournament competition and 15-5 in dual matches ... Was undefeated in five SoCon duals ... Earned All-SoCon accolades ... Placed eighth at the Southern Scuffle ... Two-time TIAA-CREF SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week ... Pinned UNC Greensboro’s Justin Walp in the SoCon semifinals and won by major decision, 11-2 over Davidson’s Patrick Coman in the finals ... Went 3-2 in the Reno Tournament of Champions and 5-3 at the Southern Scuffle ... Defeated Wisconsin’s Collin Cudd, 4-3 ... Registered an 11-8 win over Army’s William Simpson ... Earned a 13-4 major over Navy’s Alex Usztics ... Beat North Carolina’s Bobby Shaw, 5-3 ... Pinned Drexel’s Steve Mytych ... Decisioned The Citadel’s Anthony Easter, 13-6 ... Scored a 19-4 tech fall over VMI’s Lam Ly ... Outpointed Davidson’s Coman, 6-2 ... Pinned UNCG’s Walp in the regular season.

2004-05: Wrestled at 125 and 133 pounds ... Was 5-3 with a pin at 125 and 3-5 at 133 ... Went 5-1 at the West Virginia Open with a major decision and a pin ... Also competed at Missouri Open ... Notched a 3-5 dual match record ... Posted wins over Kent State, No. 2 Iowa State and Davidson ... Edged Kent State’s Clayton Stark, 6-5 ... Scored a 10-7 victory over Iowa State’s Jesse Sundell ... Decisioned Jim Avola of Davidson, 7-4.

2003-04: Redshirted ... Did not compete ... Member of Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... Also listed on UTC’s Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Spring 2004 ... Student-athlete representative for University’s Minority Equity Committee.

Two-time Florida State Champion ... Won Class 2A state title as a sophomore and 3A state title as a senior at 112 pounds ... Senior Nationals Freestyle All-America ... Also named Greco All-America ... Won two district titles ... Went 44-1 senior season, 35-3 as junior and 33-3 as sophomore ... Earned four letters ... Coached at Osceola by Jim Bird ... Lettered four times in weight lifting and once in cross country ... Graduated in top 20 of class ... Earned Senior of Distinction recognition ... Academic Hall of Fame member.

Javier Maldonado ... Born Nov. 11, 1984 in San Juan, Puerto Rico ... Son of Olga and Jim Bird.

Weight: 125
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
High School: Osceola HS
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