Nov. 18, 2012
Columbus, Ohio – The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team won four of the final five matches but it wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit as the No. 18 Panthers (0-2) fell to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes (3-0), 26-13, this afternoon at St. John Arena.
Ohio State jumped out to a lead after taking the first five matches of the day before Tyler Wilps got the Panthers on the board with a 5-1 decision over Mark Martin at 165-pounds. After a scoreless first, Wilps took the lead with takedown on a low single. Wilps was able to add to his advantage in the third with a quick escape and takedown to secure the 5-1 victory and the first points of the dual for Pitt.
Following a narrow 4-3 loss by Nick Bonaccorsi against second-ranked Nick Heflin at 174 pounds, the Panthers won the next three matches to close out the dual on a high note.
At 184 pounds, Max Thomusseit earned a pair of escapes in the second and third period and a bonus point from 1:18 of riding time to secure a 3-2 victory over Kenny Curtis.
Matt Wilps followed the Thomusseit victory with a 13-3 major decision victory over C.J. Magrum at 197-pounds. Wilps used five takedowns, an escape, a point for stalling and 3:34 of riding time to earn the Panthers’ first bonus point win of the dual season.
Zac Thomusseit closed out the match for Pitt with a 5-1 decision over No. 19 Peter Capone. After a scoreless first, Thomusseit started down in the second and scored a quick escape. The senior then went on the offensive and tallied a takedown to take a 3-0 lead into the final period. In the third, Thomusseit was able to score another takedown after a Capone escape to clinch the 5-1 victory.
The Panthers return to the mats on Friday, Nov. 30, when they open their home dual season against No. 12 Virginia Tech at Fitzgerald Field House.
No. 5 Ohio State 26, No. 18 Pitt 13
125: No. 8 Nikko Triggas (O) pins Godwin Nyama (P), 2:32; OSU leads, 6-0
133: No. 1 Logan Stieber (O) pins No. 7 Shelton Mack (P), 4:26; OSU leads, 12-0
141: No. 4 Hunter Stieber (O) m. dec. Travis Shaffer (P), 10-2; OSU leads, 16-0
149: No. 7 Cam Tessari (O) m. dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 11-3; OSU leads, 20-0
157: No. 16 Josh Demas (O) dec. Troy Reaghard (P), 3-1; OSU leads, 23-0
165: No. 16 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Mark Martin (O), 5-1; OSU leads, 23-3
174: No. 2 Nick Heflin (O) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 4-3; OSU leads, 26-3
184: No, 14 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Kenny Curtis (O), 3-2; OSU leads, 26-6
197: No. 2 Matt Wilps maj. dec. C.J. Magrum (O), 13-3; OSU leads, 26-10
285: No. 8 Zac Thomusseit (P) dec. No. 19 Peter Capone (O), 5-1; OSU wins, 26-13