Tirapelle lands top spot at Penn

Tirapelle lands top spot at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Two-time All-America wrestler Alex Tirapelle, a former Illini, was named the head wrestling coach Monday at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am excited to welcome Alex to Penn,” said M. Grace Calhoun, the school’s new athletic director. “During the interview process, his accomplishments both as a wrestler and as a coach stood out. He enjoyed a stellar collegiate wrestling career at Illinois, and over the last few years he has developed a solid reputation as a strong recruiter and coach. Working at an institution like Stanford these last four years also gives Alex a good idea of the kind of student-athlete he will be expected to recruit and coach at Penn.”

While coaching the Cardinal, Tirapelle helped guide the program to its best dual-season record in school history with a 17-5 mark in 2013-14. In addition, last season’s squad sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships.