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Dec. 21, 2012

Clarion, Pa. – The No. 13 Pitt wrestling team (4-2, 2-0 EWL) won the last five matches, including pins from P.J. Tasser and Zac Thomusseit, to rally past EWL rival Clarion, 26-15, this evening at Tippin Gym.  

After dropping the opening bout, No. 11 Shelton Mack got the Panthers on the scoreboard when he earned an 8-5 decision over Joe Waltko at 133 pounds. Mack jumped out to an early 5-4 lead after the first and pushed his advantage to 8-4 following an escape and takedown in the second. In the third, Mack was able to hold Waltko at bay after an escape to secure the win.

Clarion (1-4, 0-2 EWL) took the momentum after it took the next three matches including a pin a 149 pounds but the Pitt upper weights answered the bell and helped the Panthers get back into the match.

No. 10 Tyler Wilps got Pitt back in the contest when he earned a major decision over Nick Milano at 165 pounds. After a scoreless first, Wilps went on the aggressive scoring a pair of takedowns in the second off of high singles. In the third, Wilps was able to secure three additional takedowns, including a late double on the edge to take an 11-4 lead in the waning seconds of the match. Wilps secured the12-4 major with a bonus point thanks to over two minutes of riding time to keep the Panthers in striking distance.   

At 174 pounds, Nick Bonaccorsi continued his stellar December when he earned a major decision over Ryan Darch. Bonaccorsi used five takedowns, a reversal and a bonus point for riding time to secure the 13-4 victory.

Making his second-consecutive start at 184 pounds, P.J. Tasser earned his second win by fall in as many nights, sticking Steven Cressley 1:53 in to give Pitt their first lead of the evening.

After Matt Wilps picked up a decision at 197 pounds, Zac Thomusseit closed the night on a high note when he pinned Phil Catrucco with 20 seconds remaining in his match to secure the 26-15 victory.

The Panthers return to action when they travel to Chicago for the 50th Midlands Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 29, and Sunday, Dec. 30, on the campus of Northwestern.

No. 13 Pitt 26, Clarion 15

125: Tyler Fraley (C) dec. Godwin Nyama (P), 6-0; Clarion leads, 3-0

133: No. 11 Shelton Mack (P) dec. Joe Waltko (C), 8-5; Match tied, 3-3

141: Joe Matacic (C) dec. Corey Bush (P), 11-4; Clarion leads, 6-3

149: Tyler Bedelyon (C) pins Ronnie Garbinksy (P), 5:36; Clarion leads, 12-3

157: No. 3 James Flemming (C) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 3-0; Clarion leads, 15-3

165: No. 10 Tyler Wilps (P) maj. dec. Nick Milano (C), 12-4; Clarion leads, 15-7

174: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) maj. dec. Ryan Darch (C), 13-4; Clarion leads, 15-11

184: P.J. Tasser (P) pins Steven Cressley (C), 1:53; Pitt leads, 17-15

197: No. 2 Matt Wilps (P) dec. Justin Ortega (C), 4-3; Pitt leads, 20-15

285: No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (P) pins Phil Catrucco (C), 6:40; Pitt wins, 26-15


No. 13 Pitt Wrestling Rallies Past Clarion, 26-15

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