Each Wednesday will feature a current Pitt wrestler from the WPIAL.
Look Back at the Best Moments From the Calendar Year
The Panthers open 2015-16 campaign with intrasquad scrimmage
Decorated alumnus Tyler Wilps returns as the volunteer assistant.
The 174 pound national runner-up was one of 12 selected.
Three-time NCAA qualifier, 2015 NCAA Runner-up, 2015 NCAA All-American, 2014 NCAA All-American, 2014 ACC Champion, 2015 ACC Champion, Two-time EWL Runner-Up
Career: 87-31 overall record with 11 falls, six technical falls and 23 major decisions ... 2015 NCAA All-American and national runner-up ... 2014 NCAA All-American after finishing seventh ... 2015 ACC Champion and Most Valuable Wrestler of the tournament ... 2014 ACC Champion, the first in Pitt school history ... Three-time NCAA qualifier ... EWL runner-up in 2012 and `13 ... member of the EWL All-Academic Team.
2014-15: NCAA National runner-up ... First Pitt finalist at NCAA's since 2008 ... ACC Champion at 174 pounds ... Voted Most Valuable Wrestler of the tournament ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish and 4-2 record at the Southern Scuffle, registering two falls against Brett Stein of Gardner Webb (5:45) and Duke's Randy Roden (2:30) ... Swept his opponents at the Pitt Duals going 3-0 for the day ... Started with a 2-1 tie-breaking decision over UNC's John Michael Staudenmayer and a 7-5 win versus Duke's Trey Adamson, then finished the day with a fall of Connor Moran of Drexel in 4:18 ... Claimed a 17-8 major decision over No.18 Jordan Rogers (Oklahoma State) ... Upset fifth-ranked Blaise Butler of Virginia with a 6-2 decision ... Defeats his opponent Pete Renda of N.C. State with a 11-4 decision ... Knocked off 10th-ranked Taylor Massa of Michigan with a 4-2 decision ... Scored a 14-5 major decision versus West Virginia's Parker VonEgidy ... Defeated John Michael Staudenmayer (UNC), 6-2, to advance to the ACC Championship finals ... Defended his title by knocking off No. 6 Blaise Butler (Virginia), 4-1 ... Defeated Oklahoma's Matt Reed, 7-4, in the opening round of the NCAA Championship ... In the second round, topped No. 9 Cody Walters (Ohio), 8-3 ... Upset top-seed Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), 3-2 in the quarterfinals ... Won his semifinals match against No. 12 Kyle Crutchmer, 3-1, in sudden victory .. Fell to No. 2 Matt Brown (Penn State), 5-4, in the title bout.
2013-14: 32-7 record...earned his first All-American honor after finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships...beat No. 12 Tanner Weatherman from Iowa State 3-2 in the Round of 12...became the first ACC Champion in Pitt school history after beating No. 10 Stephen Doty of Virginia by a 7-2 decision in the 174-pound final...6-0 in ACC duals...18-0 in bonus-point matches: 11 majors, five falls and two tech falls...named ACC Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 28, 2014 after majoring Doty 12-4 in the dual against Virginia...won the Keystone Classic...finished second at the Clarion Open...finished fourth at the Southern Scuffle.
2012-13: 2013 NCAA qualifier...went 21-9 on the season...had a 9-1 record in bonus point matches...finished second at the EWL Championships to earn an autobid to Nationals...one of only two Panthers to wrestle at the same weight class in all 15 dual matches, going 11-4...won the 165-pound title at the Knight Point Open to kick off his 2012-13 season.
2011-12: Earned the team's Top Freshman award after posting a 17-12 record...finished as the runner-up at 165 pounds in the EWL Tournament, coming up just one win short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships...helped the Panthers earn their second straight EWL Tournament title, picking up bonus points with a pin in the opening round and a technical fall in the semifinals...placed third at the Mat Town Invitational...took eighth at the Las Vegas Cliff Keen Invitational...went 5-1 in EWL dual meets and 9-2 overall against EWL opponents...ranked as high as No. 29 in the WrestlingReport.com national poll....finished with one pin, two technical falls and five major decisions...earned EWL All-Academic honors.
2010-11: Redshirted the season...wrestled unattached at open tournaments, posting a 13-9 record...won the "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Tournament...placed second at the National Collegiate Open...placed fourth at the Cleveland State Open...had an impressive six wins in one day on his way to a fifth-place finish at the Clarion Open.
High School: Finished his senior year with an outstanding 40-2 record...placed fifth in the PIAA state meet as a senior and finished seventh as a junior...named all-county and all-state as a senior...a three-sport athlete, excelled at football, tennis and wrestling...was an all-conference football player at defensive end...named class president during his senior year...member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born May 26, 1992...son of Jeff and Lisa...has two brothers, Matt and Noah, and one sister, Claire...father Jeff wrestled on former head coach Rande Stottlemyer's first team...brother Matt is currently an assistant coach at Pitt and was a two-time All-American for the Panthers in 2012 and `13...brother Noah recently committed to Pitt and will join the Panthers for the 2014-15 season...Finance major with a Chemistry minor...plans on attending medical school after graduation.
* Indicates Redshirt season (does not count towards career statistics)