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No. 10 Panthers Finish Second at ACC Championship




March 8, 2014

Blacksburg, Va. - The No. 10 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team finished in second place at the 60th Annual ACC Wrestling Championship on Saturday at the Cassell Coliseum.

Pitt came up short of adding the tournament title to its ACC Dual Meet Championship after scoring 67 team points, 20 points behind hosts and now back-to-back champion Virginia Tech.

"Our hats go off to Virginia Tech. They deserved to win after the way they wrestled today," Pitt head coach Jason Peters said. "It's disappointing, especially when so many close matches go against you. But you can't always win in wrestling, and our guys know that. Now we have a week and a half to get better and prepare to perform well at nationals in Oklahoma City."

Pitt crowned one individual champion - 174-pounder Tyler Wilps, who defeated Virginia's Stephen Doty in the final by a 7-2 decision - and six Panthers stood on the podium (top three). Anthony Zanetta (125), Edgar Bright (141), Mikey Racciato (149) and Max Thomusseit (184) all finished in second place after each lost heartbreaking finals.

Those five Panthers and P.J. Tasser, who finished fourth at heavyweight, earned automatic qualifying bids to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament. Even though Shelton Mack (133) reached the podium by winning his consolation bracket after beating North Carolina's Troy Heilmann 10-4 in the third-place match, he didn't receive an automatic bid.

Mack and three other Panthers - Ronnie Garbinsky (157), Geno Morelli (165) and Nick Bonaccorsi (197) - will have to wait and see if they receive an at-large bid to nationals.

The complete Pitt results from today's action are listed below, and the final standings and brackets are available here.

Pitt and its national qualifiers will be back in action at the NCAA Division I Wresting Tournament in Oklahoma City, beginning on Thursday, March 20.

Pitt Individual ACC Championship Results

125 pounds - Anthony Zanetta, 2nd place

First Round: Bye

Semifinals: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Nick Hermann (Virginia), 6-4

Finals: Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) dec. Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 5-3 (SV)

133 pounds - Shelton Mack, 3rd place

First Round: Bye

Semifinals: Tyler Goodwin (Maryland) pins Shelton Mack (P), 3:15

Consolation Semis: Shelton Mack (P) m. dec. Evan Botwin (Duke), 17-6

Consolation Finals: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Troy Heilmann (North Carolina), 10-4

141 pounds - Edgar Bright, 2nd place

First Round: Edgar Bright (P) pins Xaviel Ramos (Duke), 2:21

Semifinals: Edgar Bright (P) dec. Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 12-6

Finals: Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) dec. Edgar Bright (P), 6-1

149 pounds - Mikey Racciato, 2nd place

First Round: Mikey Racciato (P) dec. Frank Goodwin (Maryland), 8-6

Semifinals: Mikey Racciato (P) dec. Gus Sako (Virginia), 10-8

Finals: Zach Neibert (Virginia Tech) dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 3-1 (SV)

157 pounds - Ronnie Garbinsky, T-5th place

First Round: Immanuel Kerr-Brown (Duke) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 5-2

Consolation Quarters: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) m. dec. Danny Orem (Maryland), 20-11

Consolation Semis: Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 15-8

165 pounds - Geno Morelli, 4th place

First Round: Geno Morelli (P) dec. Marcus Cain (Duke), 4-2

Semifinals: Nick Sulzer (Virginia) m. dec. Geno Morelli (P), 13-1

Consolation Semis: Geno Morelli (P) dec. Max Rohskopf (NC State), 6-1

Third Place Match: Chris Moon (Virginia Tech) dec. Geno Morelli (P), 8-2

174 pounds - Tyler Wilps, ACC Champion

First Round: Bye

Semifinals: Tyler Wilps (P) m. dec. Austin Gabel (Virginia Tech), 15-5

Finals: Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Stephen Doty (Virginia), 7-2

184 pounds - Max Thomusseit, 2nd place

First Round: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Michael Macchiavello (NC State), 4-0

Semifinals: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Nick Vetterlein (Virginia Tech), 4-1

Finals: Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) dec. Max Thomusseit (P), 3-1

197 pounds - Nick Bonaccorsi, 6th place

First Round: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Frank Abbondanza (North Carolina), 6-1

Semifinals: Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 4-3

Consolation Semis: Conner Hartmann (Duke) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 4-3

Fifth Place Match: KaRonne Jones (NC State) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 5-3

285 pounds - P.J. Tasser, 4th place

First Round: P.J. Tasser (P) m. dec. Brendan Walsh (Duke), 10-2

Semifinals: Spencer Myers (Maryland) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 2-1 (TB)

Consolation Semis: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Ethan Hayes (Virginia), 3-2

Third Place Match: Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) dec. P.J. Tasser, 5-2