Thomas M. Kilkenny '82

Class of 1998


Tom Kilkenny, you are among WPI's all-time greatest wrestlers. A four-year letter winner, you helped set the stage for the tremendous success the University's wrestling program has enjoyed during the last quarter century. During your four years at WPI the team compiled a 60-12-1 dual-meet record, and you chalked up a number of impressive honors. You served as team captain during your senior year. You were a four-time All-New England wrestler, and twice reigned as champion at 142 lbs. A two-time NCAA qualifier, you amassed a 42-3 dual-meet record with three draws during our career.

Notes WPI wrestling coach and fellow Hall of Fame member Phil Grebinar, "Tom was a superlative leader for our program and continues to be a great supporter of our student-athletes. He kept things in perspective and knew when to work hard. He was a tremendous competitor, which he demonstrated during his freshman year when he was knocked out during a match at the New Englands and then came back to earn All-New England honors."

At WPI, you made a mark on and off the wrestling mat. You were a member of Phi Kappa Theta and vice president of the Athletic Council. You received the Varsity Club Award as the most outstanding senior male athlete. Having graduated from WPI with a degree in mechanical engineering, you began a successful career that took you to IBM, where today you are solution executive responsible for engineering sales and services for the Americas. Despite your professional demands, you've contributed to the sport of wrestling. You've served as an official for eight years and have been recognized as one of the best in New England at your avocation.

Tom Kilkenny, for your achievements in and commitment to the sport of wrestling, we welcome you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.