|Previous College:||Illinois '06|
The 2012-13 season will be Pete Friedl's third season on the American University wrestling coaching staff.
In 2011-12, American recorded a program-record third-place finish at the EIWA Championships. Two Eagles -- heavyweight Ryan Flores and Matt Mariacher (141 lbs.) -- were crowned conference champions and Flores and Ganbayar Sanjaa (157 lbs.) earned All-America honors. Freidl worked closely throughout the season with Flores, who was ranked No. 1 in the country at heavyweight for 16 straight weeks during the campaign.
Friedl came to American after one season as an assistant coach at Appalachian State. Friedl helped guide two Mountaineer wrestlers to the NCAA Championships last season as Appalachian State registered a 56th-place finish as a team. In the classroom, the Mountaineers placed 13th in the country with a 3.09 team GPA last year.
Friedl was a standout collegiate wrestler at Illinois where he was a four-time NCAA qualifier (2003-06) and three-time All-American (2004-06), placing as high as third at 184 lbs. in his senior season. He captured the Big Ten conference championship in 2005, leading the Ilini to the team title that season. Friedl was also a 2006 Midlands Champion, propelling Illinois to its third straight championship at that event. He graduated as the third-winningest wrestler in Ilini history with 125 career victories.
"Pete brings a number of great attributes to our program," Moore said at the time of his hire. "His Big Ten success and national accolades combined with his desire to succeed as a coach are going to bring this program big results. Pete is a tremendous addition to our program."
Friedl graduated from Illinois in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Community Health. Following his graduation, he remained at Illinois for four years where he served as an assistant with the strength and conditioning program.