March 22, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa – Senior 197-pounder Matt Wilps and senior heavyweight Zac Thomusseit clinched All-America honors to lead Pitt on Day 2 of the NCAA Championships Friday evening at Wells Fargo Arena. With the seniors’ accomplishments, the Panthers have now produced multiple All-Americans in back-to-back years. The pair will return to the mats at 11:00 a.m. ET looking to improve their position on the podium.
Wilps advanced to the semis and clinched All-America honors for the second time of his career with an impressive 7-1 decision over Blake Rosholt of Oklahoma State in quarterfinal action on Friday morning. Wilps started the match strong scoring a takedown less than a minute in to take an early 2-0 lead. Rosholt earned an escape to cut the score to 2-1 going into the second. In the second, Wilps began down and escaped a mere two seconds into the period to take a 3-1 lead heading to the final period. In the third, Wilps kept Rosholt down and was able to add three back points and a bonus point for over two minutes of riding time to take the 7-1 win.
With the victory, Wilps became the 18th wrestler in Pitt history to garner multiple All-America honors. Wilps ended his day in heartbreaking fashion losing his semifinal match in a tiebreaker by a mere three seconds of ride time.
Zac Thomusseit clinched his first All-America honor in style when he tallied a pin over Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson at the 6:43 mark. After the two felt each other out in the first, Thomusseit started down in the second and earned an escape a mere seven seconds into the period. From there, Thomusseit went on the aggressive and connected on a double near the edge of the mat for a 3-0 lead. In the third, Thomusseit started on top and rode Johnson out before connecting on a tilt with around 30 seconds remaining in the bout. Thomusseit kept working the tilt and eventually got Johnson’s shoulders to the mat for his 12 victory by fall this season.
Thomusseit continued his impressive evening with a 9-1 major decision against The Citadel’s Odi Delaney. Thomusseit, who dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Dom Bradley of Missouri in the quarterfinals in his first match of day two, will look to improve on his All-America status tomorrow when he wrestles Alan Gelogaev of Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
Max Thomusseit’s day began when he dropped a hard fought match to Ed Ruth of Penn State in the quarterfinals to fall to the Round of 12 where he was eliminated from the tournament by Missouri’s Mike Larson. Thomusseit ends his sophomore season with a 16-6 record with an EWL Championship to his name.
Nick Bonaccorsi picked up a 2-1 decision over Steven West of Columbia in his first match of the day but was unable to get past Illinois’ Jordan Blanton in his second match to end his tournament. Bonaccorsi had an impressive freshman season capturing an EWL championship at 174 pounds and winning 19 matches, including a pair in his debut NCAA Championship.
Complete results from Session IV can be found below, as well as Session V opponents for the Panthers and the broadcast schedule for the rest of the Championships.
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: Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 6-1 (TB3)
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: Bubby Graham (Oklahoma) dec. Tyler Wilps (P), 5-4
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) dec. Stephen West (Columbia), 2-1
Wrestlebacks: Jordan Blanton (Illinois) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 7-1
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: Ed Ruth (Penn State) m. dec. Max Thomusseit (P), 11-1
Round of 12: Mike Larson (Missouri) dec. Max Thomusseit (P), 4-2
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) dec. Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), 7-1
Semifinals: Quentin Wright (Penn State) dec. Matt Wilps (P), 4-3 (TB4 - RT: 03)
Wrestleback Semis: Matt Wilps (P) vs. Kyven Gadson (Iowa 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: Dom Bradley (Missouri) dec. Zac Thomusseit (P), 2-1 (TB1)
Round of 12: Zac Thomusseit (P) pins Jeremy Johnson (Ohio), 6:43
Wrestleback Quarters: Zac Thomusseit (P) m. dec. Odie Delaney (The Citadel), 9-1
Wrestleback Semis: Zac Thommusseit (P) vs. Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State)
2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships Schedule:
Sat, Mar 23
NCAA Wrestling Championships Medal Round
NCAA Wrestling Championships Finals