Tirapelle retires after 20 years coaching Clovis wrestling

Clovis high wrestling coach Steve Tirapelle announced his retirement Friday, after 20 years leading the Cougars to all kinds of state records.

One of California high school wrestling's giants is stepping down, as longtime Clovis head coach Steve Tirapelle announced his retirement Friday.

Tirapelle coached the Cougars for 20 seasons, in which the team won two national championships and seven state championships, including a state record five straight from 2011-2015. The 2015 Clovis team also set a state scoring record, with 276.5 points.

During Tirapelle's tenure at Clovis, he coached a record 48 CIF State Finalist appearances and 33 CIF State Individual Champions. He also coached two of the three boys to ever win four state titles.

Tirapelle says he plans to stay involved with the program, especially by working with the club, elementary and middle school teams that feed into Clovis high school.

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