Andrew Alton began his second season as an assistant coach with the Franklin & Marshall wrestling program in the 2016-17 season. Alton is a 2015 graduate from Penn State, where he wrestled under renowned head coach Cael Sanderson. Alton was present for one of the most successful runs in collegiate wrestling history as the Nittany Lions captured four consecutive NCAA National Championships from 2011-14.
Starting his collegiate career at 141, Alton received the Shalles Award as a freshman by accumulating 18 pins, placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships and was an NCAA Qualifier. He went 2-2 at the tournament with a pin and a major decision, finishing just one win shy of All-America status.
He moved up to the 149 weight class after his first year in State College and again qualified for the NCAAs as a sophomore, placing fourth in the Big Ten Tournament and assisting his team’s National Championship run with a key pin. Alton had an identical twin brother, Dylan, on the team, who was an All-American his freshman year after taking third at Nationals.
Graduating from Central Mountain High School in 2010, he was a two-time Pennsylvania State Champion (2009-10) and a four-time Asics Junior Freestyle National Champion.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Park Tourism Management.