Coach Tirapelle is in his 7th year of coaching and 5th year as the Director of the Buchanan Wrestling Program. He received his first coaching experience as the head coach of Central High School in Fresno in 2009.
In his short tenure at Buchanan, Coach Tirapelle has led his team to 3 straight top 5 CIF finishes and 2 straight top 10 finishes at the California State Tournament. His team set a school record in 2013-14 by qualifying 13 out of 14 wrestlers to the State Championships in Bakersfield. That record was topped in 2014-15 when the team qualified all 14 wrestlers to the State Championships.
In 2015-16 season, with 3 returning state place-winners and a total of 10 state qualifiers back in the lineup from a successful previous year, Team Buchanan looks to take the next step toward their goal of winning a State Title. Under the tutelage of Coach Tirapelle and his staff, Buchanan looks to return to the glory years of the late '90s thru mid 2000s when they were able to capture 6 Central Section Titles and 1 State Championship.
AS A WRESTLER...