Nov. 22, 2013
Bethlehem, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (2-0) won its last four matches en route to a 16-15 comeback win against Lehigh (1-3) this evening at Grace Hall.
With his team trailing in the final bout of the evening, senior heavyweight P.J. Tasser was able to score off a scramble in the second sudden victory period to secure a 4-2 decision and give the Panthers a 16-15 victory.
Tasser was put in a position to clinch the match thanks to some heroics in the prior match at 197 pounds as Nick Bonaccorsi was able to earn a takedown off a step over 22 seconds into the first overtime period to take a 3-1 win and cut into the Mountain Hawk advantage at 15-13.
What proved to be the deciding point in the match was scored by Max Thomusseit who earned a major at 184 pounds, the only bonus points on the evening. Thomussiet jumped on Zach Diekel early and led 7-1 after the first and cruised from there to the 13-1 major.
Prior to the Thomusseit win, Tyler Wilps picked up a hard-fought 4-2 decision over Elliott Riddick at 174 pounds to break a Lehigh five bout winning streak.
Pitt got its first points of the night when Anthony Zanetta defeated Darian Cruz, 7-6, at 125 pounds.
The Panthers will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 24, when they compete in the Keystone Classic at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
Pitt 16, Lehigh 15
125: No. 8 Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Darian Cruz (L), 7-6; Pitt leads, 3-0
133: No. 6 Mason Beckman (L) dec. No. 17 Shelton Mack (P), 5-3; match tied, 3-3
141: No. 19 Laike Gardner (L) dec. Edgar Bright (P), 13-11; Lehigh leads, 6-3
149: Mitch Minotti (L) dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 8-2; Lehigh leads, 9-3
157: No. 9 Joey Napoli (L) dec. Cole Sheptock (P), 5-2; Lehigh leads, 12-3
165: Brian Brill (L) dec. Geno Morelli (P), 3-2; Lehigh leads, 15-3
174: No. 8 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Elliot Riddick (L), 4-2; Lehigh leads, 15-6
184: No. 5 Max Thomusseit (P) m. dec. Zach Diekel (L), 13-1; Lehigh leads, 15-10
197: No. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. John Bolich (L), 3-1 (SV); Lehigh leads, 15-13
285: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Doug Vollaro (L), 4-2 (SV2); Pitt wins, 16-15