Feb. 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The No. 9 Pitt wrestling team fell to No. 2 Penn State, 33-6 on Friday in front of a sold out crowd of 6,755 fans at Rec Hall. The loss ends th Panthers' 11-match winning streak.
No. 24 Shelton Mack (133) and No. 5 Matt Wilps (197) had wins for the Panthers, who close out the regular season with a 14-2 record. Both losses came to top-10 teams, while the seasons included two wins over top-10 teams and a total of four wins over teams ranked in the top-25.
Mack finished off a great weekend with a 4-3 decision over Frank Martelotti, tying the team score at 3-3 after two bouts. Mack's win came two days after he upset No. 7 A.J. Schopp in the Panthers' win over Edinboro.
It looked as if Pitt was going to have a lead after three bouts as true freshman Travis Shaffer dominated Penn State's No. 28 Bryan Pearsall for the first six minutes. Shaffer led 6-0 with over four minutes of riding time midway through the third period before allowing a reversal. Following a stall warning and then a point for a second stalling call that made the score 6-3, Shaffer attempted to stand up but was hit with a farside cradle and pinned with just three seconds remaining in the match.
The Nittany Lions reeled off six straight wins before Wilps was able to stop the run with a 4-3 decision over No. 16 Morgan McIntosh. It was Wilps's 12th win over a wrestler currently ranked by WrestlingReport.com.
Pitt had some solid showings in close losses. Redshirt junior Anthony Zanetta, ranked No. 16, and No. 7 Nico Megaludis opened the meet with a thrilling double overtime match in which Megaludis came out on top, 4-2 with a takedown in the second sudden victory period.
Wresting the top-ranked 149-pounder in the nation and his second top-10 wrestler in three days, No. 15 Tyler Nauman dropped a 5-2 decision to unbeaten Frank Molinaro. Nauman looked good again despite the loss, which came two days after his victory over No. 6 Dave Habat (Edinboro).
At 157, Donnie Tasser continued to excel in big-time matches, coming up just short in a 5-3 loss to No. 5 Dylan Alton.
Pitt, which clinched its third straight EWL regular season title with a 26-10 win over Edinboro on Friday, will attempt to win its second straight EWL Tournament title when they compete in the eight-team event - Millersville joins the seven conference teams this season - at Clarion on Sunday, March 4.
No. 2 Penn State 33, No. 9 Pitt 6
125 - No. 7 Nico Megaludis (PSU) dec. No. 16 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 4-2 SV2
133 - No. 24 Shelton Mack (Pitt) dec. Frank Martelotti (PSU), 4-3
141 - No. 28 Bryan Pearsall (PSU) FALL Travis Shaffer (Pitt), 6:57
149 - No. 1 Frank Molinaro (PSU) dec. No. 15 Tyler Nauman (Pitt), 5-2
157 - No. 5 Dylan Alton (PSU) dec. Donnie Tasser (Pitt), 5-3
165 - No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) maj. dec. Tyler Wilps (Pitt), 20-9
174 - Matt Brown (PSU) maj. dec. No. 20 Ethan Headlee (Pitt), 12-2
184 - No. 3 Quentin Wright (PSU) maj. dec. No. 32 Andy Vaughan (Pitt), 12-2
197 - No. 5 Matt Wilps (Pitt) dec. No. 16 Morgan McIntosh (PSU), 4-3
285 - No. 6 Cameron Wade (PSU) FALL Joel Yahner (Pitt), 3:56