March 23, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa – Senior All-Americans Matt Wilps and Zac Thomusseit wrapped up their seasons and careers with wins on Day 3 of the NCAA Championships Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. Wilps concluded his year with a third place finish at 197 pounds, while Thomusseit was the fifth ranked heavyweight. With the seniors’ accomplishments, the Panthers have now produced multiple All-Americans in back-to-back years.
Wilps, who became the 18th wrestler in Pitt history to garner multiple All-America honors, started his day with a 9-2 decision over Kyven Gadson of Iowa State. After Gadson started the match with a takedown, Wilps kept his composure and quickly escaped. With a few seconds left in the first, Wilps got in on a double and finished with five seconds left to take a 3-2 lead into the second period. Wilps started on top in the second and rode Gadson out for the duration of the period to take his 3-2 lead into the final frame. In the third, Wilps earned a quick escape and went on the attack scoring a pair of takedowns and pushing his riding time well over two minutes to win 9-3.
In the third place match, Wilps met Taylor Meeks of Oregon State and cruised to a 17-2 (4:01) technical fall victory. Wilps came out aggressively in the first scoring a takedown a mere 10 seconds into the match. After Meeks earned an escape, Wilps got another takedown and turned it into a cradle for three nearfall points. Wilps kept Meeks down for the remainder of the first and ended the period with three more nearfall points and a 10-1 lead. Starting down in the second, Wilps scored a quick reversal to push his lead to 12-1. Another tilt lead to three more back points and a 15-1 lead. After Meeks earned an escape, Wilps went right back to the legs and scored the match ending takedown to end his career with a victory in dominant fashion.
Wilps finishes his impressive Panther career with 129 wins, good for fifth on Pitt’s all-time list. Wilps was also a two-time All-American, three-time NCAA qualifier, three-time EWL Champion and two-time EWL Outstanding Wrestler.
Thomusseit finished his career with a fifth place finish at heavyweight. After dropping his first match of the day in heartbreaking fashion to Alan Galogeav of Oklahoma State, Thomusseit was able to end his career with a win over Jarod Trice of Central Michigan. After the two heavyweights exchanged a scoreless first, Thomusseit started on bottom in the second was able to earn an escape a mere nine seconds into the frame. The two heavyweights battled in the center of the mat for a majority of the period before Trice went for a throw near the edge with around 15 seconds left in the second. Thomusseit was able to counter the Trice attack, win a scramble and end up on top for a takedown with three seconds left to take a 3-0 lead into the third. In the third, Trice earned an escape but Thomusseit was able to keep him at bay for the remainder of the period to seal the win and fifth place finish.
Thomusseit caps an impressive career with 97 wins, an All-America honor, three NCAA appearances and two EWL titles.
Pitt ends its 2012-13 season with a pair of All-Americans, four EWL Champions and the EWL Tournament title.
Complete results from the Panthers during the NCAA Championships can be found below. For the latest on Pitt Wrestling follow the Panthers on Twitter and Facebook.
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) dec. Kyven Gadson (Iowa State), 9-2
Third Place match: Matt Wilps (P) tech fall Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), 17-2 (4:01)
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: Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State) dec. Zac Thomusseit (P), 4-3
Fifth Place match: Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. Jarod Trice (Central Michigan), 3-1
2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships Schedule:
Sat, Mar 23
NCAA Wrestling Championships Medal Round
Shawn Kenney, Tim Johnson & Anthony Robles