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Dec. 30, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 13 Pitt wrestling team saw a pair of wrestlers, Matt Wilps and Zac Thomusseit, advance to the finals to pace the squad at the 50th Midlands Championships on Sunday at Welsh Ryan Arena. As a team, the Panthers finished in 10th place in the standings.

At 197 pounds, Wilps started his day with a convincing 7-0 decision over Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in semifinal action. In the finals, Wilps met up with Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore and dropped a 4-2 decision for his first loss on the season.

In heavyweight action, Thomusseit made the finals where he dropped a tight 3-2 decision to Chad Hanke of Oregon State. 

In addition to Wilps and Thomusseit finishing second, Anthony Zanetta also found the podium for Pitt placing eighth at 125 pounds. 

The Panthers will return to the mats on Sunday, Jan. 13, when they welcome Bloomsburg, Eastern Michigan and Davidson to Fitzgerald Field House for the Pitt Duals beginning at 10 a.m.

Panthers’ Final Results 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

Wrestlebacks: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Jared Germaine (Eastern Michigan), 9-2

Wrestlebacks: Trent Sprenle (North Dakota State) dec. Anthony Zanetta (P), 10-5

Seventh Place Match: Joe Roth (Central Michigan) dec. Anthony Zanetta (P), 3-2

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) m. dec. Tyler Small (Kent State), 11-3

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

Wrestlebacks: Mike Mangrum (Oregon State) pins Travis Shaffer (P), 0:24

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 (North Dakota State) 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

Wrestlebacks: Taylor Massa (Michigan) dec. Tyler Wilps (P), 6-4

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

Semifinals: Matt Wilps (P) dec. Taylor Meeks (Oregon State), 7-0

Finals: Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) dec. Matt Wilps (P), 4-2

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 (P) dec. Cody Krumweide (Northern Iowa), 3-2

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

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

Semifinals: Zac Thomusseit (P) wins by default vs. Mike McMullan (Northwestern)

Finals: Chad Hanke (Oregon State) dec. Zac Thomusseit (P), 3-2





Wilps and Thomusseit Lead Pitt at 50th Midlands Championships

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