Dick DiBatista was one of the greatest wrestlers in Pennsylvania history. He finished his Quaker career as a two-time NCAA champion and only World War II could stop him from becoming a three-time NCAA champion. He can also lay claim to being the only Penn wrestler to go through his grade school, high school and collegiate career without ever losing a match.
Along with winning the intercollegiate championship twice, DiBatista won the Eastern championship three times. In 1941 he wrestled at 175 pounds and defeated Joseph Valla of Penn State for the Eastern title and Arthur Johnson of Iowa for the national championship, thus becoming the first Penn wrestler to win the national championship.
He has been inducted into both the National Wrestling and the National Wrestling Officials Halls of Fame.
DiBatista is another one of the “Munger Men” to be inducted in Pennsylvania’s Hall of Fame. He was a lineman, who won three varsity football letters between 1940 and 1942 on Quaker teams, which posted a combined record of 18-5-2.