Nov. 24, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Shelton Mack and Tyler Wilps took home individual titles at 133 and 174 pounds respectively to lead a 17 man contingent that the Panthers' wrestling team sent to the Keystone Classic this afternoon at The Palestra. As a team, Pitt finished in fourth with 95 points.
Mack started his run to the podium with a convincing 14-3 major decision over Spencer Slishman of American. Mack then scratched out hard-fought 3-2 decisions in both his quarter and semifinal matches to set up a showdown with Northwestern's Dom Malone in the championships bout. After, Mack and Malone exchanged escapes in regulation the duo went into overtime. Following a scoreless first sudden victory period, Mack started down first in ride outs and was able to earn an escape a mere seven seconds in to take a 2-1 lead. With Malone down in rideouts, Mack was able to keep advantage on top during a series of scrambles and ride out Malone for the 30 seconds to secure the 2-1 victory to clinch the bracket title.
Wilps began his run to the title with a fall over Nate Jackson of Indiana at 6:35. A 4-1 decision over Eric Morris of Harvard and a 6-2 decision against Bloomsburg's Mike Dessino sent Wilps to the finals where he would meet up with ninth ranked Lee Munster of Northwestern. Following a 1-1 draw in regulation where Wilps controlled the pace but was kept at bay by solid defense from Munster the two exchanged a scoreless, yet scramble filled, first sudden victory period. Wilps began the rideouts on top and kept Munster down to give himself a golden chance at the victory. Munster didn't make it easy for Wilps when he was on top but the junior captain was able to fight free with a mere eight seconds left on the clock to take a 2-1 lead which he would not relinquish en route to the title.
In addition to the success of Mack and Wilps, three additional Panthers also reached the podium as Anthony Zanetta finished third at 125, Mikey Racciato took fourth at 149 and Mike Gregory took fifth at heavyweight.
The Panthers will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 6, when they travel to College Park, Md. for their inaugural ACC dual against the Maryland Terrapins at 7 p.m.