Feb. 8, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The No. 15 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (8-5) dropped a 31-7 match to No. 3 Penn State (10-1) this evening in front of a sellout crowd of 3,247 at Fitzgerald Field House.
After forfeiting at 125 pounds and dropping a hard fought match in overtime at 133, Travis Shaffer got the Panthers on the board with an impressive 15-2 major decision over Derek Reber at 141 pounds. After Reber scored a takedown less than 20 seconds into the bout, Shaffer scored a quick reversal and started working Reber to his back scoring a pair of three point near falls to take an 8-2 lead into the second. The two grapplers started neutral in the second and Shaffer was able to secure a takedown and rode Reber out for the remainder of the period. In the third, Shaffer started on bottom and came through with a reversal to push his advantage to 12-2. A point awarded for stalling and a bonus point for an impressive 5:10 of riding time gave Shaffer the 15-2 major and cut the PSU lead to 9-4.
The Panthers were unable to capitalize on the momentum from the Shaffer major as Penn State took the next six bouts to build a 32-4 lead going into the heavyweight contest.
In the heavyweight match, Zac Thomusseit continued his solid senior season by picking up a 5-4 decision over Jimmy Lawson. Thomusseit fell behind after Lawson scored an early takedown but Thomusseit kept his composure and scored a reversal of the Nittany Lion heavyweight to even the score. Lawson escaped before the clock hit zeros in the first, however, and took a 3-2 lead into the second. Thomusseit started down in the second frame, earned a quick escape and then went on the offensive finally securing a takedown off a high single to take a 5-3 lead into the final period. In the third, Thomusseit allowed a late escape but was able to hold Lawson at bay to secure the 5-4 win.
Following the Thomusseit win, Penn State was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct to make the final team score 31-7.
Pitt will return to the mats next Friday when they close out their home dual season with a 7 p.m. match against Lehigh. The match will serve as Senior Night for the Panthers who will honor the contributions of their three seniors – Donnie Tasser, Matt Wilps and Thomusseit - prior to the dual.
No. 3 Penn State 31, No. 15 Pitt 7
125: No. 2 Nico Megaludis (PSU) win by forfeit; PSU leads, 6-0
133: Jordan Conaway (PSU) dec. No. 12 Shelton Mack (P), 5-3; PSU leads, 9-0
141: Travis Shaffer (P) m. dec. Derek Reber (PSU), 15-2; PSU leads, 9-4
149: No. 7 Andrew Alton (PSU) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 14-7; PSU leads, 12-4
157: No. 5 Dylan Alton (PSU) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 7-3; PSU leads, 15-4
165: No. 2 David Taylor (PSU) m. dec. No. 13 Tyler Wilps (P), 20-6; PSU leads, 19-4
174: No. 6 Matt Brown (PSU) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 10-4; PSU leads, 22-4
184: No. 1 Ed Ruth (PSU) m. dec. No. 13 Max Thomusseit (P), 17-3; PSU leads, 26-4
197: No. 3 Quentin Wright (PSU) pins No. 2 Matt Wilps (P), 2:43; PSU leads, 32-4
285: No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. Jimmy Lawson (PSU), 5-4; PSU wins, 31-7
- Penn State deducted a team point following heavyweight bout