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Dec. 30, 2012

Midlands Bracket

PITTSBURGH - The No. 13 Pitt wrestling team saw a pair of wrestlers, Matt Wilps and Zac Thomusseit, advance to the semifinals to pace the squad at the 50th Midlands Championships on Saturday at Welsh Ryan Arena. As a team, the Panthers currently sit in eighth place in the team standings.

For the day, Pitt was led by Wilps and Thomusseit who advanced to the semifinals. The pair of seniors will resume their quests for the top of the podium on Sunday afternoon. Wilps downed Dan Santoro of Princeton and Mike Tamillow, a former Midlands champ and Northwestern alumnus, by major decisions to reach the quarters where he outlasted Iowa State's Kyven Gadson by a 4-3 margin. In his semifinal match, Wilps will face Taylor Meeks of Oregon State for the right to compete for the Midlands crown at 197 pounds.

At heavyweight, Thomusseit started his day with a narrow 3-2 decision over Cody Krumweide of Northern Iowa. Thomusseit then majored Illinois' Chris Lopez and took another close 3-2 decision over Matt Meuleners of Northern State to advance to the semis where he will meet Mike McMullan of Northwestern.    

In addition to the success of Wilps and Thomusseit, Anthony Zanetta, Travis Shaffer and Tyler Wilps, are all still alive for the Panthers in wrestleback matches and will look to place on Sunday.

Action resumes on Sunday with Session III (consolation rounds, semifinals and seventh-place matches) at 1 ET. Fans looking to follow the action at Midlands can visit the Official Tournament Site for updated brackets and team standings. Additionally, Takedown Radio will be providing live radio coverage throughout the event and the Big Ten Network will have live coverage of the finals beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Panthers' Results on Day One at 50th Midlands Championships

Derrick Nelson - 125 Pounds

Second Round: Joe Roth (Central Michigan) dec. Derrick Nelson (P), 8-2

Wrestlebacks: Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) dec. Derrick Nelson (P), 11-4

Anthony Zanetta - 125 Pounds

Second Round: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Kyle Garcia (Oklahoma), 16-12

Third Round: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Tyler Fraley (Clarion), 8-3

Quarterfinals: Christian Culinan (Central Michigan) dec. Anthony Zanetta (P) 2-0

Shelton Mack - 133 Pounds

Second Round: Tyler Keselring (Central Michigan) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 9-5

Wrestlebacks: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Steven Nagel (Nebraska), 6-2

Wrestlebacks: Joey Gosinski (Hofstra) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 2-1

Travis Shaffer - 141 Pounds

Second Round: Devin Carter (Virginia Tech) pins Travis Shaffer (P), 3:21

Wrestlebacks: Travis Shaffer (P) dec. Like Goetti (Iowa State), 13-7

Wrestlebacks: Travis Shaffer (P) m. dec. Ridge Kiley (Nebraska), 8-0

Wrestlebacks: Travis Shaffer (P) dec. Brandon Nelsen (Purdue), 7-0

Ronnie Garbinsky - 149 Pounds

First Round: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion), 6-4

Second Round: Eric Grajales (Michigan) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 8-3

Wrestlebacks: Dan Kelly (Adams State) dec. Ronnie Garbinsky (P), 10-6

Troy Reaghard - 157 Pounds

First Round: Casey Fuller (Edinboro) dec. Troy Reaghard (P), 6-4

Wrestlebacks: Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) dec. Troy Reaghard (P), 8-4

Donnie Tasser - 157 Pounds

First Round: Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 3-1

Wrestlebacks: Donnie Tasser (P) dec. Casey Fuller (Edinboro), 4-0

Wrestlebacks: Donnie Tasser (P) dec. Danny Orem (Maryland), 6-2

Wrestlebacks: Donnie Tasser (P) dec. Tommy Churchard (Purdue), 7-4

Wrestlebacks: Hayden Zilmer (NDST) pins Donnie Tasser (P), 0:50

Tyler Wilps - 165 Pounds

Second Round: Tyler Wilps (P) m. dec. Jake Dorulia (Eastern Michigan), 10-2

Third Round: Jackson Morse (Illinois) dec. Tyler Wilps (P), 11-5

Wrestlebacks: Tyler Wilps (P) m. dec. Jarrett Jensen (Northern Iowa), 10-2

Wrestlebacks: Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Pierce Harger (Northwestern), 6-1

Nick Bonaccorsi - 174 Pounds

Second Round: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Kevin Bailey (Lehigh), 8-5

Third Round: Bryce Hammond (CSU-Bakersfield) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 6-4 (SV3)

Wrestlebacks: Scott Liegel (Wisconsin) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 3-2

P.J. Tasser - 174 Pounds

Second Round: P.J. Tasser (P) m. dec. Cody Caldwell (Northern Iowa), 11-3

Third Round: Nate Brown (Lehigh) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 9-4

Wrestlebacks: Matt Reed (Oklahoma) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 10-9

Matt Wilps - 197 Pounds

Second Round: Matt Wilps (P) m. dec. Dan Santoro (Princeton), 13-1

Third Round: Matt Wilps (P) m. dec. Mike Tamillow (Tamillow Twisters), 10-0

Quarterfinals: Matt Wilps (P) dec. Kyven Gadson (Iowa State), 4-3

Mike Gregory - 285 Pounds

First Round: Nick Gajdzik (Harvard) pins Mike Gregory (P), 4:14

Wrestlebacks: Paul Snyder (Hofstra) m. dec. Mike Gregory (P), 11-0

Zac Thomusseit - 285 Pounds

Second Round: Zac Thomusseit dec. Cody Krumweide (Northern Iowa), 3-2

Third Round: Zac Thomusseit m. dec. Chris Lopez (Illinois), 8-0

Quarterfinals: Zac Thomusseit dec. Matt Meuleners (Northern State), 3-2



No. 13 Panthers Wrap Up Day One at 50th Midlands Championships

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