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March 21, 2013

Updated Brackets

Des  Moines, Iowa - Three members of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team are still competing in the championship bracket, while three additional Panthers remain alive in the consolation rounds after the first session of the NCAA Championships. Pitt will return to the mats at 11:00 a.m. ET tomorrow, March 22, for Session III at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Max Thomusseit became the first Panther to advance to the quarterfinals when he knocked off eighth-ranked Johs Ihnen of Nebraska at 184 pounds. After a scoreless first, Ihnen started down in the second and earned a quick escape to take the 1-0 lead. Thomusseit kept pushing the action and was eventually able to connect on a double at the edge of the mat for a takedown with 14 seconds remaining in the second period. Thomusseit began the third down and got out to push his advantage to 3-1, a lead which he was able to keep in securing the win. Thomusseit set up his match with Ihnen after dropping ninth-ranked Oklahoma State's Chris Chionuma in the first round by decision 4-1, avenging a loss to Chionuma in the dual season.

Matt Wilps was the second Pitt grapple to make it to the quarters when he bested Bloomsburg's Richard Perry by a 9-1 major decision. After the two went scoreless in the first, Wilps earned an escape five seconds into the second period to take a 1-0. Wilps then went on the offensive scoring a takedown off a high single to take a 3-0 lead. The senior 197-pounder pushed his lead to 6-0 with three near fall points. Wilps started the third on top and rode Perry out until 10 seconds remained in the match but Wilps stayed alert after the Perry escape and scored one more takedown to give Pitt a major. Wilps set up his match with Perry by besting Derrick Borlie of Virginia Tech 4-1 in his first round bout.

Zac Thomusseit wrapped up the Panther contingent who advanced to the quarterfinals when he defeated Michigan State's Mike McClure, 6-0, in a heavyweight bout. The two wrestlers exchanged a scoreless first before Thomusseit started down in the second and earned a reversal 30 seconds in. Thomusseit was able to take advantage of his positioning off the reversal and turned it into a trio of back points, pushing his lead to 5-0 going into the final period. In the third, Thomusseit was able to keep McClure at bay after a neutral start and use 1:05 of riding time for the 6-0 victory. Thomusseit had advanced to the second by virtue of a 6-0 win over Levi Cooper of Arizona State.  

Shelton Mack (133) and Nick Bonaccorsi (174) each picked up wins in their opening round matches before falling in second round matches. Mack earned a 3-2 decision over Hofstra's Jamie Franco before falling to top-seeded Logan Stieber of Ohio State in the second round. Bonaccorsi bested Billy Curling of Old Dominion by a 2-1 mark to win his first career NCAA match but lost in his second round bout to Matt Brown of Penn State. Both Mack and Bonaccorsi both stay alive in the tournament and will wrestle in the consolation bracket tomorrow morning.  

Also staying alive for Pitt was 165-pounder Tyler Wilps who defeated Paul Hancock of Army 10-4 in his first consolation bout after falling in his opening match.

Ronnie Garbinsky (149) and Donnie Tasser (157) rounded out the Panthers competing in Des Moines. Although both went 0-2 and were eliminated from competition they both had solid seasons. Garbinsky qualified for NCAAs as a freshman while Tasser wrapped up an impressive career with 70 wins. Additionally, Tasser was in the lineup for all six of Pitt's EWL titles over the past four seasons.

Complete results from Session I and II can be found below, as well as Session III opponents for the Panthers and the broadcast schedule for the rest of the Championships.

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2013 NCAA Championship - Pitt Results

Shelton Mack (133 pounds)

First Round: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Jamie Franco (Hofstra), 3-2

Second Round: Logan Stieber (Ohio State) pins Shelton Mack (P), 2:39

Wrestlebacks: Shelton Mack (P) vs. Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg)


Ronnie Garbinsky (149 pounds)

First Round: Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) maj. dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 16-3

Wrestlebacks: Brandon Richardson (Wyoming) pins Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 4:44


Donnie Tasser (157 pounds)

First Round: Dylan Alton (Penn State) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 8-4

Wrestlebacks: Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 7-2


Tyler Wilps (165 Pounds)

First Round: Steven Monk (NDSU) dec. Tyler Wilps (P), 4-1

Wrestlebacks: Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Paul Hancock (Army), 10-4

Wrestlebacks: Tyler Wilps (P) vs. Bubby Graham (Oklahoma)


Nick Bonaccorsi (174 pounds)

First Round: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Billy Curling (Old Dominion), 2-1

Second Round: Matt Brown (Penn State) pins Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 1:30

Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) vs. Stephen West (Columbia)


Max Thomusseit (184 Pounds)

First Round: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Chris Chionuma (Oklahoma State), 4-1

Second Round: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Josh Ihnen (Nebraska), 3-1

Quarterfinals: Max Thomusseit (P) vs. Ed Ruth (Penn State)


Matt Wilps (197 Pounds)

First Round:  Matt Wilps (P) dec. Derrick Borlie (Virginia Tech), 4-1

Second Round: Matt Wilps (P) m. dec. Richard Perry (Bloomsburg), 9-1

Quarterfinals: Matt Wilps (P) vs. Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State)


Zac Thomusseit (285 Pounds)

First Round: Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. Levi Cooper (Arizona State), 6-0

Second Round: Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. Mike McClure (Michigan State), 6-0

Quarterfinals: Zac Thomusseit (P) vs. Dom Bradley (Missouri)   


2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships Schedule:





Fri, Mar 22

11 a.m.

NCAA Wrestling Championships Quarterfinals
(Session 3:
Mat 1, Mat 2, Mat 3, Mat 4)

Adam Amin, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles &  Quint Kessenich



7 p.m.

NCAA Wrestling Championships Semifinals (Session 4)
Adam Amin, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles & Quint Kessenich


Sat, Mar 23

11 a.m.

NCAA Wrestling Championships Medal Round
Shawn Kenney, Tim Johnson & Anthony Robles



8 p.m.

NCAA Wrestling Championships Finals
Adam Amin, Tim Johnson, Anthony Robles &  Quint Kessenich




Pitt Wrestling NCAA Championship Update - Session II

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