Feb. 14, 2014
PITTSBURGH – The No. 6 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (12-2) tied No. 14 Edinboro (16-2), 16-16, but fell 17-16 on the third criteria of total points, 50-49, which gave the Fighting Scots a bonus team point and the match.
Anthony Zanetta started the match strong for the Panthers at 125 pounds picking up a 10-9 decision over No. 18 Kory Mines. Zanetta fell behind early but quickly took the lead on an escape and double leg takedown. Mines scored a reversal and Zanetta escaped to send the bout to the second even at 4-4. Starting down in the second, Zanetta quickly escaped and went on the offensive scoring off a nice go behind to extend his lead to 7-4. Mines got out again before the end of the period as Zanetta continued to build ride time cutting the score to 7-5. Zanetta struck again to push his lead to 9-5 but Mines scored three points as the period drew to a close to send the match to the third at 9-8. Zanetta was strong on top in the third and was able to secure the win 10-9 thanks to a bonus point for 1:33 of ride time giving the Panthers an early 3-0 lead.
Edinboro responded by taking the next four bouts to build a 13-3 lead thanks to a major and three decisions.
Pitt started its comeback at 165 pounds when Geno Morelli used a late go behind off a scramble to take a 4-3 decision over Kasey Burnett-Davis.
Tyler Wilps followed the Morelli victory with a dominating performance at 174 pounds in an 18-5 major decision over Patrick Jennings. Wilps scored three takedowns and a two point near fall in the first and didn’t look back finishing with six takedowns, a pair of stall points, an escape and riding time of over two minutes en route to the victory.
At 184 pounds, Max Thomusseit continued his impressive season with a 4-1 decision over No. 15 Vic Avery. Thomusseit scored a takedown early in the first and held the momentum throughout the match, including a second period rideout, to cruise to the victory which evened the team score at 13-13.
Nick Bonaccorsi gave the Panthers the lead with a clinic at 197 pounds in an 8-2 decision over Vince Pickett. Pickett struck first in the match scoring off a scramble but Bonaccorsi kept his wits and quickly got three points on an escape and double leg takedown to take a 3-2 lead into the second. Bonaccorsi started down in period two and again got a quick three points on an escape and takedown to take a solid 6-2 lead into the final frame. In the third, Bonaccorsi rode out Pickett and forced a pair of stalls leading to an extra point and an 8-2 win. The victory at 197 gave Pitt a 16-13 lead going into the heavyweight bout.
The Panthers dropped a hard-fought bout at heavyweight 3-0 to end the evening. The 3-0 decision was enough to push the Fighting Scots over the edge in the total points criteria, 50-49.
Pitt will return to the mats tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15, when it host its final home dual of the 2013-14 season against No. 8 Michigan (10-4).
No. 14 Edinboro 17, No. 6 Pitt 16
125: No. 19 Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. No. 18 Kory Mines (E), 10-9; Pitt leads, 3-0
133: No. 2 A.J. Schopp (E) dec. No. 20 Shelton Mack (P), 1-0; Match tied, 3-3
141: No. 1 Mitchell Port (E) dec. No. 17 Edgar Bright (P), 8-2; Edinboro leads, 6-3
149: No. 16 David Habat (E) m. dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 10-2; Edinboro leads, 10-3
157: No. 16 Johnny Greisheimer (E) dec. Cole Sheptock (P), 8-1; Edinboro leads, 13-3
165: Geno Morelli (P) dec. Kasey Burnett-Davis (E), 4-3; Edinboro leads, 13-6
174: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) m. dec. Patrick Jennings (E), 18-5; Edinboro leads, 13-10
184: No. 6 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. No. 15 Vic Avery (E), 4-1; Match tied, 13-13
197: No. 18 Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Vince Pickett (E), 8-2; Pitt leads, 16-13
285: No. 18 Ernest James (E) dec. No. 19 P.J. Tasser (P), 3-0; Match tied, 16-16
First criteria tied, 5-5
Second criteria tied, 0-0
Edinboro wins on third criteria 1-0 thanks to total match points, 50-49; EU wins, 17-16