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Nov. 11, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 18 Pitt wrestling team opened its 2012-13 dual campaign with a narrow 16-15 loss at No. 13 Michigan. The Panthers (0-1) and Wolverines (2-1) split the 10 dual matches with the difference in score coming from a UM major decision.     

"I think we had an opportunity to win and just didn't get it done." said assistant coach Jason Peters. "Zac Thomusseit did a great job trying to win it for the team at the end but before that we had some opportunities to win the match and didn't take advantage of them."

After UM took the opening bout at 125 pounds, Shelton Mack got Pitt on the board with an exciting win at 133 pounds over Rossi Bruno. Mack jumped out to an early lead scoring a pair of takedowns in the first. Bruno countered with a takedown of his own in the second to send the match into the third and final frame tied at 5-5. In the third, Mack started down and got a quick escape but Bruno tied the match when Mack was called for stalling with under 15 seconds remaining to tie the match at six going into overtime. In OT, both wrestlers came out aggressive exchanging shots early and often. Mack eventually got in on a double late and was able to complete it to earn the 8-6 win with three seconds remaining in the OT frame.

The Wolverines regained momentum as they picked up victories by decisions in the next three weight classes to take a 12-3 lead into the intermission.

Pitt came out strong after the break getting a big win from Tyler Wilps over No. 7 Taylor Massa. After the two 165 pounders went scoreless in the first, Wilps got on the board when Massa was penalized a point for an illegal hold while on top. Wilps was able to escape to take a 2-0 advantage but Massa scored a takedown to even the bout. Wilps was tough and managed a late escape to take the 3-2 lead going into the third. In the third, Massa started down and earned a quick escape to square the match. From there, the two wrestlers went back-and-forth but neither was able to connect on a shot and the match went to overtime. Wilps was the aggressor in the overtime frame, taking multiple shots and eventually connecting on a double for the takedown and the win with 15 seconds remaining.     

After UM picked up a major decision at 174 pounds, Max Thomusseit used four take downs and a pair of escapes to defeat No. 18 Jordan Thomas, 11-4.

197 pounds also saw an overtime match after a late stall call against the Panthers. Matt Wilps, who earned an escape in the second period, got called for stalling with under 10 seconds left to send the match into overtime. In the overtime session, Wilps quickly connected on a double to take the win and cut the Wolverines advantage to 16-12 heading into the final bout.

In the deciding heavyweight contest, Zac Thomusseit needed at least a tech fall victory to clinch the match for Pitt. Thomusseit nearly picked up a match clinching pin for the Panthers after taking advantage of a late shot from Justin Dozier where he got in on a go behind and then finished with a cradle for three near falls points. Many on the Panthers' bench believed Thomusseit had the pin but the refs did not award the fall and Thousseit was credited with a 6-0 decision which gave Pitt three team points ending the match in a 16-15 victory for Michigan.

"At the end of the day, they have a good team and we have a good team," Peters said. "We're going to have to come out and have a good week of practice and do it all over against Ohio State."

The Panthers return to action next Sunday, Nov. 18, when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to battle No. 5 Ohio State in a 2 p.m. contest.

Michigan 16, Pitt 15

125: No. 15 Sean Boyle (M) dec. Godwin Nyama (P), 6-0; UM leads, 3-0

133: No. 7 Shelton Mack (P) dec. Rossi Bruno (M), 8-6 (OT); Match tied, 3-3

141: Camyrn Jackson (M) dec. Travis Shaffer (P), 13-11; UM leads, 6-3

149: No. 11 Eric Grajales (M) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 4-3; UM leads, 9-3

157: Jake Salazar (M) dec. Troy Reaghard (P), 8-1; UM leads, 12-3

165: Tyler Wilps (P) dec. No. 7 Taylor Messa (M), 5-3 (OT); UM leads, 12-6

174: No. 14 Dan Yates (M) m. dec., Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 16-5; UM leads, 16-6

184: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. No. 19 Jordan Thomas (M), 11-4; UM leads, 16-9

197: No. 2 Matt Wilps (P) dec. No. 19 Max Huntley (M), 3-1 (OT); UM leads, 16-12

285: No. 10 Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. Justin Dozier (M), 6-0; UM wins, 16-15


No. 18 Pitt Drops Heartbreaker at No. 13 Michigan, 16-15

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