March 20, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - After two sessions of the 2014 Division I Wrestling Championships at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team has one wrestler alive in the championship bracket and six others still battling in consolation brackets.
After the Panthers’ eight national qualifiers tallied a 9-8 combined record on day one of the tournament, Pitt finished the day in 15th place in the team standings with 11.5 points.
Almost every Pitt bout has been closely contested, with 14 of the Panthers' 17 matches today ending without bonus points being awarded.
No. 7 seed Tyler Wilps finds himself three wins away from a 174-pound national championship, while Anthony Zanetta (125), Shelton Mack (133), Max Thomusseit (184), Nick Bonaccorsi (197) and P.J. Tasser (HWT) still have the opportunity to reach the podium when wrestling resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST.
No. 15 Anthony Zanetta started the round of 16 action for the Panthers by facing No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett from Cornell at 125 pounds. Zanetta, who recorded a pin in his first bout, suffered a 6-0 defeat in a match that was closer than the final score suggested.
Then No. 14 Edgar Bright became the next Pitt wrestler to see an attempted upset fall short when he conceded a late takedown and lost to No. 3 Zain Retherford from Penn State by a 3-0 decision in a battle of fantastic freshmen.
No. 7 Tyler Wilps became the only Pitt wrestler to advance to the quarterfinals when he beat Central Michigan’s No. 10 Mike Ottinger, 6-2. The two 174-pounders appeared to be headed to overtime, but Wilps recorded a late takedown and turned Ottinger for three near-fall points to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in his career.
But moments later, there was disappointment for Pitt when No. 4 Max Thomusseit was upset in sudden victory by No. 13 Jack Dechow from Old Dominion, 3-1. Thomusseit will enter the consolation brackets with hopes of wrestling his way into All-American contention tomorrow.
In those consolation brackets at other weight classes, Shelton Mack stayed alive by beating Nick Wilcox of Bloomsburg 2-1 in the first tiebreaker. He’ll wrestle No. 4 Johnathon Morrison from Oklahoma State tomorrow.
Mikey Racciato saw his season come to an end as he dropped a 12-3 major decision to Ryan Lubeck from Wisconsin. Racciato finished his freshman season with a 22-15 overall record and a team-high seven pins.
Nick Bonaccorsi and P.J. Tasser then finished the day on a strong note for the Panthers, staying alive in the 197-pound and heavyweight consolation brackets, respectively. Bonaccorsi dominated Lehigh’s John Bolich and got the fall at 2:27, while Tasser held on for a 4-3 win over Blake Herrin from American.
Tomorrow morning, Bonaccorsi will face Timothy McCall of Wisconsin, and Tasser will wrestle No. 8 J.T. Felix from Boise State.
Complete results and tomorrow’s set matchups for the seven remaining Pitt wrestlers at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are listed below.
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2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships - Pitt Results and Upcoming Matches
No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (125 pounds)
First Round: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) pins Conor Youtsey (Michigan), 3:44
Second Round: No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P), 6-0
Wrestlebacks: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta vs. Paul Petrov (Bucknell)
Shelton Mack (133 pounds)
Pigtail Round: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Devon Lotito (Cal Poly), 2-1
First Round: No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg), 2-1 (TB1)
Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma State) vs. Shelton Mack (P)
No. 14 Edgar Bright (141 pounds)
First Round: No. 14 Edgar Bright (P) dec. Tyler Scotton (Boston University), 3-1
Second Round: No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State) dec. No. 14 Edgar Bright (P), 3-0
Wrestlebacks: No. 14 Edgar Bright vs. Josh Dziewa (Iowa)
Mikey Racciato (149 pounds)
First Round: No. 3 Chris Villalonga (Cornell) dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 5-2
Wrestlebacks: Ryan Lubeck (Wisconsin) m. dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 12-3
Mikey Racciato finishes his freshman season with a 22-15 overall record.
No. 7 Tyler Wilps (174 pounds)
First Round: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Bradley Wukie (Penn), 4-2
Second Round: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. No. 10 Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan), 6-2
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) vs. No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P)
No. 4 Max Thomusseit (184 pounds)
First Round: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 5-4
Second Round: No. 13 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) dec. No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) vs. Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State)
Nick Bonaccorsi (197 pounds)
First Round: No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) pins John Bolich (Lehigh), 2:27
Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) vs. Timothy McCall (Wisconsin)
P.J. Tasser (Heavyweight)
First Round: No. 7 Mike McClure (Michigan State) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 6-4 (SV)
Wrestlebacks: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Blake Herrin (American), 4-3
Wrestlebacks: No. 8 J.T. Felix (Boise State) vs. P.J. Tasser (P)
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