DiSalvo Named CMU Wrestling Top Assistant
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Mark DiSalvo
MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan University head wrestling coach Tom Borrelli has named Mark DiSalvo the top assistant on his coaching staff.

DiSalvo is entering his second season as a member of the CMU staff. He served as the second assistant last season and now moves into the first assistant role vacated by Casey Cunningham. Cunningham has accepted a position on Cael Sanderson’s staff at Iowa State.

“When you have the opportunity to retain people who have wrestled here and done well competitively you’re always happy about that,” Borrelli said. “Mark did a phenomenal job last year from an organizational and marketing standpoint. Those are his strengths and those are areas where we are looking to grow our program.”

A 2005 graduate of CMU, DiSalvo returned to the program last season after serving as the director of operations at Cornell during the 2006-07 season.

DiSalvo was a two-time All-American at 149 pounds during his collegiate career. He placed eighth at both the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Championships. DiSalvo was the Mid-American Conference champion at 149 pounds both seasons and was named the MAC Tournament Outstanding Wrestler in 2006. He won CMU’s Harry Richards Coaches Award, which recognizes team leadership and worth ethic, as a junior and the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as a senior.

A two-time member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic team, DiSalvo was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the MAC Commissioners Award for sustained academic excellence.

DiSalvo also has been involved at the club level, serving as executive director of Finger Lakes Wrestling Club and co-founder and director of Advantage Wrestling Club.

CMU won its 10th straight MAC championship and seventh straight conference tournament title in 2008. The Chippewas tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships, scoring a school-record 69 points. Four individuals earned All-America honors.