Dec. 21, 2013
Lewisburg, Pa. – The No. 12 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (4-1) used five bonus point wins to cruise to a 30-12 victory over Bucknell (2-4) this evening at Davis Gym.
After the Bison took the first match of the night at 125, Pitt responded by winning the next four bouts with two major decisions, a decision and a fall to build a 17-3 lead.
Shelton Mack started the run with a 12-2 major decision over Grimm Gonzalez at 133 pounds. Mack started the match quickly by earning a quick takedown and tilting Gonzalez for three back points to take a 5-0 lead. Following a Gonzalez escape, Mack went back on the offensive and registered another two point takedown to take a 7-2 lead into the second. Mack rode Gonzalez out in the second and was able to secure the major with a point for locking hands, an escape and a takedown in the third.
Edgar Bright followed up the Mack win by pickiing up his second major decision victory of the season with a 12-2 win over Connor Lapresi. Bright was on Lapresi from the get-go earning the match’s first takedown less than 10 seconds in. From there, Bright added three more takedowns, an escape and a bonus point for riding time to get the win.
The matchup at 149 pounds featured a pair of wrestlers noted for their scrambling ability and the showdown lived up to its billing as Mikey Racciato and Victor Lopez exchanged multiple reversals and takedowns in a fast paced, back-and-forth, bout. In the end, Racciato came out on top with an 11-9 decision to give the Panthers an 11-3 lead.
At 157 pounds, Cole Sheptock picked up Pitt’s first fall of the evening over Brenan McAllister. Sheptock earned a 2-0 lead in the first off a nice high single. McAllister started on top in the second but Sheptock was able to escape quickly and get in on a double which he converted and turned into a bar which led to the fall at 4:45.
After Bucknell picked up a decision at 165 pounds, Tyler Wilps picked up the Panthers’ third major decision victory of the night with a 10-2 win over Joey Krulock to push Pitt’s lead to 21-6.
Eric Nutter, regularly a 157 pounder, bumped up to 184 pounds for the dual and rewarded the Panthers with an exciting victory by fall. Nutter and Tyler Greene went scoreless in the first before Greene started on the top in the second. Nutter, giving up nearly 25 pounds, earned an escape to take a 1-0 lead. The two wrestlers then exchanged shots near the edge which resulted in Nutter winding up on top and Greene’s shoulders on the mat off of a scramble for a pin at 4:28.
Nick Bonnacorsi picked up the final win of the night for Pitt with a 4-2 decision over Tyler Lyster at 197 pounds before Bucknell won the heavyweight bout to end the night with a score of 30-12.
The Panthers will return to action on Jan. 1 when they compete in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 12 Pitt 30, Bucknell 12
125: Paul Petrov (B) dec. No. 11 Anthony Zanetta (P), 8-7; Bucknell leads, 3-0
133: No. 12 Shelton Mack (P) m. dec. Grimm Gonzalez (B), 12-2; Pitt leads, 4-3
141: Edgar Bright (P) m. dec. Connor Lapresi (B), 12-2; Pitt leads, 8-3
149: Mikey Racciato (P) dec. Victor Lopez (B), 11-9; Pitt leads, 11-3
157: Cole Sheptock (P) pins Brenan McAllister (B), 4:45; Pitt leads, 17-3
165: Rustin Barrick (B) dec. Geno Morelli (P), 3-2; Pitt leads, 17-6
174: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) m. dec. Joey Krulock (B), 10-2; Pitt leads, 21-6
184: Eric Nutter (P) pins Tyler Greene (B), 4:28; Pitt leads, 27-6
197: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Tyler Lyster (B), 4-2; Pitt leads, 30-6
285: No. 17 Joe Stolfi (B) pins Mike Gregory (P), 0:40; Pitt wins, 30-12