July 25, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joe Patacsil, a 1999 Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Wednesday at his home in Logansport, Ind.
Patacsil claimed individual and team success on the mat wrestling for the Boilermakers. After helping Purdue capture the Big Ten team title as a sophomore in 1948, Patacsil wrestled his way to the top of the podium a year later, winning the 128-pound championship and a second team championship along the way.
The Boilermakers and Patacsil successfully defended their titles in 1950 as the team won its third straight and the 128-pounder became Purdue's third two-time individual Big Ten champion.
A few weeks later, the 1950 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year went on to win an NCAA title at 128 pounds, joining teammate Arnold Plaza as the first Boilermakers to claim an individual NCAA crown. The team finished second at the championships, which is the program's highest finish to date. The Boilermakers recorded four top-six finishes as a team at the NCAA Championships during Patacsil's career
In 1999, Patacsil again teamed with Plaza, as the second wrestler to be inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, an esteemed body of former Boilermaker student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
The Patacsil family is synonymous with Purdue wrestling, spanning three generations. His son's Ted and Frank starred at Purdue in the 1980s and grandsons Jake and Sam carried the family torch in the 2000s.