Alex Tirapelle
Last College:
Illinois '06

Assistant Coach

2nd year

Two-time All-American Alex Tirapelle joined the Aggie wrestling coaching staff in July of 2008. He arrived at UC Davis after spending seven years at Illinois as a student-athlete, graduate student and member of the academic advising staff.

Tirapelle twice earned All-America status, captured two Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year in 2004. As a freshman in 2003, he finished as the national runner-up and earned Illinois Freshman Male Athlete of the Year honors in the process. Tirapelle finished his career as the all-time leader with 128 wins while ranking second with an .877 winning percentage.

Along with his impressive athletic career, Tirapelle racked up several academic honors. He was a Big Ten All-Academic honoree all four years, plus a first-team All-Academic selection by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and first-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2006. In addition, Tirapelle captured an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award.

For his overall accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service, Tirapelle earned the university's Spirit Award.

Tirapelle devoted one year as a graduate assistant and another as an academic counselor in academic services at Illinois. In his last two seasons in Champaign, he worked on his master's degree in sport management while serving as academic advisor for the Fighting Illini softball and wrestling teams. Tirapelle also kept his hand in the coaching arena, working as a summer-camp counselor and instructor for the wrestling team.

Joining the the UC Davis coaching staff marked a return to California for the 26-year-old Tirapelle, who won three state titles and a national title while starring at Clovis High School. He hails from a wrestling family: his father Stephen was a Division II All-American and head coach at Clovis HS, his older brother Adam won the 2001 NCAA title at 149 pounds, and his younger brother Troy was a national qualifier and Big Ten runner-up in 2006.

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  • Wrestling | 03/31/2010
    McBryde Receives Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

    UC Davis sophomore Rory McBryde was named to the 2010 Pacific-10 Conference Wrestling All-Academic First Team, it was announced today by Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott. MORE

  • Wrestling | 03/17/2010
    Low, Abel, Alcala Head to NCAA Championships

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  • Wrestling | 03/10/2010
    NCAA Announces Wrestling Championship Brackets

    The brakcets for the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships have been released, it was announced Wednesday. Barrett Abel, Brandon Low and Ricky Alcala will represent UC Davis as all three automatically qualified after successful weekends at the Pac-10 Wrestling Championships Feb. 27. MORE

  • Wrestling | 02/27/2010
    Abel Wins Pac-10 Title, Low Second

    Barrett Abel won UC Davis' first Pac-10 individual title since 2007 after earning a 12-9 decision over Cal Poly's Nick Fisher at 149 pounds Saturday at the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships in Davis, Calif. MORE

  • Wrestling | 02/26/2010
    Low, Abel Advance to Pac-10 Finals

    Brandon Low earned a comeback victory at 133 while Barrett Abel won by a 5-3 decision at 149 Friday to advance to the finals of the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships at The Pavilion in Davis, Calif. MORE

  • Wrestling | 02/25/2010
    Pac-10 Conference Announces Seeding for Champio...

    The Pacific-10 Conference has released the seeding bracket for the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships, it was announced Friday. UC Davis is led by junior Brandon Low who is the No. 1 seed at 133 pounds and junior Barrett Abel who is seeded second at 149 pounds. Ricky Alcala is the fourth seed ... MORE

  • Wrestling | 02/24/2010
    UC Davis Prepares for Pac-10 Championships

    UC Davis (3-12, 1-6 Pac-10) prepares to compete in the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships Feb. 26-27, which it will also host. The two-day tournament will begin Friday, Feb. 26 at noon with the first session and will continue into Saturday., Feb. 27. The Pac-10 Wrestling Championship Finals will... MORE

  • Wrestling | 02/12/2010
    Cal Poly Beats UC Davis 34-7 In Pac-10 Matchup

    Fifteenth-ranked Brandon Low and No. 16 Ricky Alcala each picked up victories for UC Davis on Friday night but No. 16 Cal Poly posted wins in the remaining eight matches on its way to a 34-7 Pac-10 wrestling match at Mott Gym. MORE