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Tyler Wilps Becomes 75th All-American in Pitt Wrestling History




March 21, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITYTyler Wilps became the 75th All-American in Pitt Wrestling history when he beat Tanner Weatherspoon from Iowa State 3-2 in their Round of 12 match on Friday night at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Wilps, winner of the 174-pound ACC individual title this year, earned All-American honors for the first time in his career as a junior.

His brother Matt Wilps, now an assistant coach with the Panthers, was a two-time All-American in 2012 and ’13. Pitt Wrestling has now produced at least one All-American at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships for three consecutive years and in seven of the last eight seasons.

After he clinched his top-eight finish, Wilps dropped a tight match against No. 3 Robert Kokesh from Nebraska, 2-1 in the first tiebreaker. Wilps will wrestle tomorrow morning just after 11 a.m. EST for seventh place against Bryce Hammond from CSU-Bakersfield.

Three other Panthers just missed out on matching Wilps’ accomplishment.

Anthony Zanetta lost his Round of 12 matchup with Iowa State’s Earl Hall, 8-5. Zanetta’s career as a Panther came to an end with 105 total victories and four appearances at the NCAA Championships.

Max Thomusseit conceded a late takedown to No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota, losing a heartbreaking 6-5 decision. Thomusseit finished his junior year with a 21-4 overall record after falling in the Round of 12 for the second consecutive season.


 

 

Finally, Nick Bonaccorsi fell in the Round of 12 to Conner Hartmann from Duke, 4-0. He finished his sophomore season with a 24-14 overall record after going one round deeper in the NCAA Championships than he did as a freshman.

With one day of wrestling remaining at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the Pitt wrestling team sits 21st in the team standings with 19.0 points. Penn State (91.0), Minnesota (90.5) and Oklahoma State (87.5) all remain in contention for the team title.

Complete results from Pitt Wrestling at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are listed below. For comprehensive Pitt Wrestling updates and pictures from Oklahoma City, follow the Panthers on Twitter.

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 (P) dec. Paul Petrov (Bucknell), 3-1

Wrestlebacks: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) m. dec. Kory Mines (Edinboro), 11-1

Round of 12: Earl Hall (Iowa State) dec. No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P), 8-5

Anthony Zanetta finishes his senior season with a 23-11 overall record, 105 career victories and as a four-time NCAA qualifier.

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) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 3-0

Shelton Mack finishes his senior season with a 26-12 overall record, 84 career victories and three total NCAA appearances.

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: Josh Dziewa (Iowa) dec. No. 14 Edgar Bright (P), 8-3

Edgar Bright finishes his freshman season with a 19-11 overall record.

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) dec. No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P), 5-2

Round of 12: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. No. 12 Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State), 3-2

Consolation Semifinals: No. 3 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) dec. No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P), 2-1

Seventh Place Match: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) vs. Bryce Hammond (CSU-Bakersfield)

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) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 4-0

Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Vic Avery (Edinboro), 7-6

Round of 12: No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) dec. No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P), 6-5

Max Thomusseit finishes his junior season with a 21-4 overall record.

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) dec. Timothy McCall (Wisconsin), 6-2

Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Shane Woods (Wyoming), 6-4 (SV1)

Round of 12: Conner Hartmann (Duke) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 4-0

Nick Bonaccorsi finishes his sophomore season with a 24-14 overall record.

P.J. Tasser (Heavyweight)

First Round: No. 7 Mike McClure (Michigan State) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 6-4 (SV1)

Wrestlebacks: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Blake Herrin (American), 4-3

Wrestlebacks: No. 8 J.T. Felix (Boise State) pins P.J. Tasser (P), 1:35

P.J. Tasser finishes his senior season with an 18-11 overall record, 69 career victories and two total NCAA appearances.