Dec. 8, 2013
State College, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (3-1) dropped a 28-9 contest to No. 1 Penn State (5-0) in front of a record crowd of 15,996 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
After the Nittany Lions took a close bout at 125 pounds to open the dual, Shelton Mack evened the bout with a win over Jordan Conaway. The two 133 pounders were even at the beginning of the third but Mack went on a flurry scoring a pair of takedowns in the final minute to earn the 5-2 decision.
Penn State earned a narrow 3-2 win at 141 pounds to regain the lead heading into the bout between Mikey Racciato and James English at 149 pounds. The two wrestlers went back-and-forth throughout the bout before a flurry of action near the end of the match where Racciato was able to get English to his back for the fall at 6:52. The pin gave Pitt a 9-6 lead and silenced the sold-out crowd.
PSU was able to even the match at 9-9 heading into the break with a win at 157 pounds.
Coming out of the break the Nittany Lions were able to win the final five bouts to take the match, 28-9.
The Panthers will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 21, when they face in-state rival Bucknell at Sojka Pavillion in Lewisburg, Pa..
No. 1 Penn State 28, No. 11 Pitt 9
125: No. 3 Nico Megaludis (PSU) dec. No. 10 Anthony Zanetta (P), 4-1; PSU leads, 3-0
133: No. 14 Shelton Mack (P) dec. Jordan Conaway (PSU), 5-2; Match tied, 3-3
141: No. 11 Zain Retherford (PSU) dec. Edgar Bright (P), 3-2; PSU leads, 6-3
149: Mikey Racciato (P) pins James English (PSU), 6:52; Pitt leads, 9-6
157: James Vollrath (PSU) dec. Cole Sheptock (P), 7-2; Match tied, 9-9
165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) pins Geno Morelli (P), 3:09; PSU leads, 15-9
174: No. 3 Matt Brown (PSU) dec. No. 8 Tyler Wilps (P), 9-3; PSU leads, 18-9
184: Wes Phipps (PSU) m. dec. Aaron Rothwell (P), 13-3; PSU leads, 22-9
197: No. 4 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 4-3 (TB1); PSU leads, 25-9
285: No. 10 Jimmy Lawson (PSU) dec. No. 20 P.J. Tasser (P), 3-1; PSU wins, 28-9
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