Panthers and Mountain Hawks clash for 60th time
Pitt guard and NFL nine time Pro Bowler Ruben Brown served as guest speaker
Tyler Wilps is Pitt's first national finalist since 2008.
Tyler Wilps is just one of 18 Panthers in school history to earn All-American status multiple times.
Wilps looks to become the 17th national champion in school history.
Four-time NCAA qualifier, 2015 ACC Champion, 2013 EWL Champion, 2014 ACC Runner-Up, 2011 EWL Runner-Up, 2011 EWL Freshman of the Year
Career: 91-27 record with 10 falls, three tech falls and 21 major decisions...NCAA qualifier in 2011, '13, '14 & '15 ... three appearances in the Round of 12 at the NCAA Championships ... 2015 ACC Champion ... 2014 ACC Runner-Up ... EWL Champion at 184 pounds in 2013 ... Runner-Up at the EWL Tournament in 2011 ... named the 2011 EWL Freshman of the Year.
2014-15: Made an appearance in the round of 12 for the third straight season as an NCAA qualifer for the fourth time ... 26-3 on the season, 7-3 vs. ranked opponents ... Became first Pitt wrestler since 2009-10 to finish the dual season undefeated (14-0) ... ACC Wrestler of the Week on 12/16 ... ACC Champion at 184 pounds ... Won the Keystone Classic title at 184 pounds, going 4-0 at the event ... Placed second at the Southern Scuffle ... Started the season by recording a fall against Bloomsburg's David Williams in 4:45 ... Earned his first ranked win of the season, defeating No. 10 Vic Avery of Edinboro in a 5-3 decision ... Controlled Bucknell's Tom Sleigh in an 18-6 major decision ... Knocked off No. 6 Nate Brown of Lehigh in a 6-4 decision ... Scored a 5-3 deicison over Penn State's Matt McCutcheon ... Opened the Keystone Classic with three straight major decision victories over Appalachian State's Marcus Johnson (15-5), Eastern Michigan's Michael Curby (14-4), and Stanford's Garet Krohn (15-7) ... Upset No. 3 Lorenzo Thomas of Penn in a 5-3 decision in the finals ... Recorded a fall in 3:45 of Maryland's Tony Gardner ... Took second place at the Southern Scuffle with a 4-1 record ... After defeating Samson Imonode (Army), 8-3 and Ville Heino (Campbell), 4-0, recorded wins against ranked foes No. 15 Ben Stroh of Wyoming (7-4) and No. 3 Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh (3-1) ... Went 3-0 at the Pitt Duals, starting off with a 7-3 decision over UNC's Scott Marmoll and a 5-2 win against Duke's Jacob Kasper ... Ended the day with a 22-7 win by technical fall at 5:46 over Alex DeCiantis (Drexel) ... Held off No. 15 ranked Nolan Boyd of Oklahoma State in a 14-13 decision ... Scored a 21-6, four-point, tech fall against Tyler Askey of Virginia ... Claimed a 10-2 major decision against Virginia's Austin Gabel ... Took down Clarion's Daniel Sutherland with a fall in 2:42 ... Scored a 10-4 decision against Nicky Hall of N.C. State ... Scored major decisions over Virginia's Tyler Askey (19-8) and Duke's Jacob Kasper (14-6) to claim an ACC title ... Knocked off Bubba Scheffel (West Virginia) with a 14-4 major decision in the first round of the NCAA Championships ... Took down No. 15 Richard Robertson (Wisconsin) in the second round of the NCAA CHampionships.
2013-14: 21-4 record with one fall and five major decisions...for the second straight season, came up just one win short of earning All-American status...all four losses came against ranked wrestlers...5-1 record in ACC duals and 12-1 overall in duals...beat seven ranked wrestlers...ranked in the top 10 for most of the season and earned a No. 4 seed at the NCAA Championships...won the Clarion Open to begin the season.
2012-13: Advanced to the Round of 12 at the NCAA Championships...finished the season with a 16-6 record...went 2-2 at Nationals with wins over a pair of ranked wrestlers, Chris Chionuma (Oklahoma State) and Josh Ihnen (Nebraska)...won the EWL Championship at 184 pounds with a pair of major decisions including a 9-1 major over Lock Haven's Fred Garcia in the finals...Went 8-4 in dual matches.
2011-12: Took a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury...tallied a 3-3 record before the injury and helped Pitt notch a big win over No. 6 Michigan, defeating Collin Zeerip, 6-2...ranked as high as No. 22 before being shut down for the season...registered one major decision.
2010-11: Tied Jordan Sianni for 10th-place all-time for wins by a Pitt freshman, going 27-13...qualified for the NCAA Championships, where he opened with a 6-4 win over No. 14 Erich Schmidtke (Oklahoma)...finished second at the EWL tournament...named the EWL Freshman of the Year...won the Clarion Open with a perfect 4-0 record...placed eighth at the Nittany Lion Open...went 2-2 at the Midlands Championships...had five pins and four major decisions.
High School: Two-time state champion at St. Paris Graham High School in Ohio...won state championships as a junior and a senior...four-year state qualifier...2010 Springfield News-Sun Area Wrestler of the Year...a highly touted recruit who was ranked among the top-30 in the nation by many wrestling media outlets.
Personal: Born April 17, 1991...son of Mike and Sandie...has one brother, Zac, who wrestled for Pitt from 2008-13 and earned All-American honors in 2013...Communication major.
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