Jeannette grad DePalma named Edinboro assistant wrestling coach
Michael DePalma began his college wrestling career at Edinboro University.
After wrestling there for two seasons, DePalma transferred to Kent State where his became an NCAA Division I All-American in 2016 with a fifth-place finish at 149 pounds.
On Tuesday, first-year Edinboro wrestling coach Matt Hill introduced DePalma as an assistant coach.
The Jeannette native wrestled for Edinboro from 2011-13 before transferring.
Kent State is also where DePalma began his association with Hill. A former Edinboro wrestler himself, Hill served as an assistant coach at Kent during DePalma's time with the Golden Flashes.
“I'm very happy to have the opportunity to have Mike on my staff,” Hill said is a release. “I've known Mike since he's been in high school, and I always liked his demeanor and passion towards the sport of wrestling.
“Mike is a former Fighting Scot and also wrestled for me at Kent State. He a true student of the sport, and I can't wait to see him progress as a coach now.”
After graduating from Kent State, DePalma spent the last two years as a resident athlete at Ohio State's Ohio Regional Training Center. He trained under World Team member Tervel Dlagnev, and competed in numerous international freestyle wrestling competitions.
DePalma 26, wrestled for Kent State for three seasons, compiling a 76-48 record.
He finished third at the PSAC Championships and fifth at the EWL Championships. He was named to the 2013 Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team.
DePalma was a four-year starter at Jeannette and finished his career with a 120-34 career record.
He was 46-6 as a senior and placed eighth at the PIAA Class AA championships at 135 pounds. He placed sixth in the state as a junior.