Illinois Wrestling Standout Honored With All-Star Selection


Jan. 7, 2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois wrestler Adam Tirapelle has been selected to compete in the National Wrestling Coaches Association(NWCA) 2000 NWCA All-Star Classic to be held Monday, February 7 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

Tirapelle, a junior, is ranked second in the country at 149 pounds and has compiled a record of 19-1 with seven pins. He is 2-0 in duals this year and has been named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in two opens claiming titles at the St. Louis Open and the Las Vegas Invitational.

Among the athletes invited are four returning NCAA Div. I champions: Doug Schwab of Iowa at 141 pounds, T.J. Williams of Iowa at 157 pounds, Kirk White of Boise State at 165 pounds and Cael Sanderson of Iowa State at 184 pounds.

Host Michigan State received an invitation at 197 pounds for All-American Nick Muzashvili.

The athletes are determined by a five-person selection committee, which met via conference call on Monday, January 3. The two highest rated athletes from each weight class as determined by the committee received invitations.

Athletes have until January 10 to accept or deny their invitations. Athletes that do not accept will be replaced by alternates determined by the committee.

In addition, the coaching staff for the NWCA All-Star Classic has also been determined.

The head coaches are Troy Sunderland of Penn State Univ. and Jack Spates of the Univ. of Oklahoma.

The assistant coaches are David Ray of Montana State-Northern and Steve Lampe of Colby JC.

The head coaches are the two highest placing teams from the previous NCAA Div. I Championships. Head Coaches may only serve once every 10 years.

The assistant coaches are from NCAA Div. II, NCAA Div. III, NAIA and NJCAA college programs, based upon the team finishes at the previous year's national championships.

at Michigan State Univ., E. Lansing, Mich., Feb. 7

Participants invited
125 lbs. - Jeremy Hunter (Penn State) and Leroy Vega (Minnesota)
133 lbs. - Eric Juergens (Iowa) and Cody Sanderson (Iowa State)
141 lbs. - Doug Schwab (Iowa) and Michael Lightner (Oklahoma)
149 lbs. - Tony Davis (Northern Iowa) and Adam Tirapelle (Illinois)
157 lbs. - T.J. Williams (Iowa) and Brett Matter (Pennsylvania)
165 lbs. - Kirk White (Boise State) and Steven Blackford (Arizona State)
174 lbs. - Otto Olson (Michigan) and Rick Springman (Pennsylvania)
184 lbs. - Cael Sanderson (Iowa State) and Brandon Eggum (Minnesota)
197 lbs. - Nick Muzashvili (Michigan State) and Mark Munoz (Oklahoma State)
HWT - Brock Lesnar (Minnesota) and Trent Hynek (Iowa State)
Coaches - Troy Sunderland (Penn State) and Jack Spates (Oklahoma)
Assistant Coaches - David Ray (Montana State-Northern) and Steve Lampe (Colby CC)