2007-08: Started 5-0 and won the 141-pound title at the Loras Open ... Was injured in a 6-5 loss to Michigan's Kellen Russell in the third round of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and required season-ending surgery.
2006-07: Placed eighth at the 2007 Big Ten Championships ... Upset No. 7 Matt Coughlin, 4-3, with a gutsy effort, helping the Illini to a 22-9 victory over Indiana ... Went 7-1 in duals ... Recorded the third-fastest fall on the team, polishing off Michigan State's Jeff Wimberley in 0:51 ... Finished fourth at the Midlands Championships ... Placed fifth at the UNI Open ... Won the Dubuque Open.
2005-06: Full-time starter at 149 pounds ... Went 0-2 at NCAA Championships ... Placed second at the Big Ten Championships by upsetting No.4 Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan), No. 11 Tyler Turner (Wisconsin) and No. 12 Ty Eustice (Iowa) before falling to No. 1 Dustin Schlatter (Minnesota) ... The second-place finish qualified him for his first NCAA Championships ... Placed third at the Missouri Open ... Placed seventh at Midlands where he won the award for most pins in the shortest time ... Finished the season with seven pins, the most of any Illini ... Finished the season ranked No. 18.
2004-05: Redshirt season ... Won the Missouri Open at 149 pounds.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time California state champion ... Three-time Masters champion ... Three-time Valley champion ... Four-time conference champion ... Member of the 2003 State, Masters, and Valley Championship teams ... Member of the "Hat Trick" Valley Championship team ... Three-time letterwinner in football ... Two-time all-conference free safety ... 2004 Dream Team member ... Member of the 2002 Valley Championship football team ... Rated the No. 14 recruit in the country by Intermat, No. 1 at 135 pounds ... Named CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Named Clovis High School Athlete of the Year.
PERSONAL: Full given name is Troy Edward Tirapelle ... Born Jan. 1, 1986 ... Nicknamed "Dubbs" by family members ... Son of Stephen and Jayne Tirapelle ... Majoring in advertising ... Brother of Brooke and former Illini wrestlers Alex and Adam ... Valedictorian of his high school class ... Voted Homecoming king ... Biggest thrill in sports was defeating rival Clovis West to win the Valley Championship in football ... Favorite athlete is Brian Snyder (four-time All-American for the University of Nebraska, 157 lbs.) because he is explosive and confident ... His brothers, Adam and Alex, have most influenced his athletic career and are his Fighting Illini heroes.
Tirapelle's Career Record
Year W L F Big Tens NCAAs 2005-06 24 12 7 2nd DNP 2006-07 21 8 8 8th --- 2007-08 5 1 2 --- --- Total 50 21 17