PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team will welcome seven wrestlers to campus this fall as members of the Class of 2019 in the first recruiting class under second-year head coach Alex Tirapelle.
Five of the incoming grapplers placed at their postseason tournaments during their careers, including heavyweight Tyler Hall who was runner-up at 220 pounds in New York this season.
Leadership is a key element of the incoming crop as all seven young men served as team captain for their high school squads.
“When I arrived on campus in August, I knew it would it would be important to find the right people for the class of 2019,” head coach Alex Tirapelle said. “While Penn Wrestling will always recruit high-achieving student-athletes, it was particularly important for us to find young men that were representative of the program's core values – integrity, passion, confidence, persistence, and commitment. I believe we have done exactly that, so I look forward to the contributions, on and off the mat, these individuals will make to the program moving forward.”
The Class of 2019 hails from four states – with three student-athletes representing New York, two from Pennsylvania and one each from New Jersey and Illinois.
The Quakers will return 21 wrestlers next season, including NCAA qualifiers C.J. Cobb, Casey Kent, Brooks Martino, Caleb Richardson and Lorenzo Thomas.
Tristin DeVincenzo | 133/141 pounds
Port Jefferson, N.Y./Port Jefferson
High School: Five-time letterwinner … Served as team captain … Placed twice at NYSPHSAA State Championships … Finished fifth at 126 pounds in 2014 … Placed in top eight at 132 in 2015 … Graduated with 137 career wins, most in school history … 2015 NHSCA Academic All-American … Two-time county champion (2014, 2015) … Named All-Section four times … Named “Down Under Sports” first-team all-state in 2014 … Team won 2012 league title … Also lettered twice in football and once in baseball … Plays piano and trumpet … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Luci and Matt DeVincenzo … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a mathematical economics major.
Jon Guevara | 125 pounds
High School: Four-year letterwinner … Twice served as team captain … Two-time Philadelphia Public League champion (2014, 2015) … Also a member of two Philadelphia Public League team champions (2013, 2015)… PIAA District finalist in 2015 … Three-time PIAA regional qualifier (2013-15) … White-Williams Scholar Award recipient.
Personal: Son of Zonia and Jose Steven Guevara … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tyler Hall | 285 pounds
East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Served as team captain last two seasons … 2015 N.Y. State Championships runner up at 220 pounds … Finished 2014-15 season with a 48-1 record … All 48 wins came with bonus points … Set a new school and Section record with 43 pins … Two-time state qualifier (2014, 2015) … Two-time Section 6 champion (2014, 2015) … Named Section 6 Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2015 … Earned 2015 Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship … Also lettered twice in football, serving as team captain twice … Won 2015 Section 6 Class B football title … Lettered twice in track, serving as team captain … Led team in both discus and shot put.
Personal: Son of Erica and Mark Hall … Father wrestled at Buffalo from 1988-92 … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a biology major.
Des Johnson | 184/197 pounds
Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
High School: Lettered three times … Served as team captain … Placed eighth at 2013 Beast of the East at 195 pounds … Seventh place at 2013 National Prep Championships at 195 pounds … Twice a Round of 12 finisher at National Preps … Also lettered in football … Student body president … Drama Club member … Honors acapella singer.
Personal: Son of Ellen Fishman-Johnson and Morris Johnson.
Robert Ng | 197 pounds
North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge H.S.
High School: Three-time letterwinner … Served as team captain … Placed third at N.Y. State Championships in 2014 … Took seventh at states in 2013 … Two-time conference champion (2013, 2014) … Won Nassau County championship in 2014 … Member of 2014 conference championship team … Led team in wins and pins in 2014 … 2014 NYS Sportsmanship Award recipient … Also lettered three times in football, serving as team captain … Earned Academic All-Conference and All-County honors in football … Earned Advanced Distinction with Honors diploma … High Honor Roll student … Academic Presidential Award recipient … Math and English Honor Societies member.
Personal: Son of Diane and David Ng … Older brother, David, wrestled at Harvard where he earned All-Ivy honors and was a NCAA qualifier … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A.J. Vindici | 133/141 pounds
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Twice served as team captain … Three-time placewinner at New Jersey state tournament … Took fifth at 126 pounds in 2015 … Placed third at 113 pounds in 2013 … Finished seventh at 106 pounds in 2012 … Also finished fourth at N.J. Regionals at 120 pounds in 2014 … Graduated with a 160-19 career record, setting a new school record for wins in a season … Earned three District titles … Named All-State three times … Earned four All-County honors … All-Conference selection four times … Four-time Caldwell Tournament champion … Just the second wrestler to do so, joining two-time national champion Matt Valenti C’07 … Won Pop N Flo National Duals in 2013 … Finished second at Pop N Flo in 2015 … Avid collector and trader of wrestling shoes … Honor Roll all four years … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Son of Maryanne and Al Vindici … Enrolled in Wharton.
Ryan Wosick | 184 pounds
Mt. Prospect, Ill./Loyola Academy
High School: Three-time letterwinner … Served as team captain … Holds Loyola’s all-time record for career wins with 96 … Twice named Team MVP … 2014 Illinois state qualifier … 2015 Chicago Catholic League champion … Two-time regional champion (2014, 2015) … Three-time All-Conference selection.
Personal: Son of Patricia and Curt Wosick … Older sister, Kelli, ran track at Valparaiso from 2011-15 … Enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a mechanical engineering major.