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No. 12 Panthers Hosts ACC Home Opener and Pitt Duals




Jan. 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH – The No. 12 ranked Pitt wrestling team will return to dual action this weekend when it hosts North Carolina State on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. and the Pitt Duals on Sunday, Jan. 12, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Panthers return to action this weekend when they host NC State in their first ACC home dual and then return to action the following day for Pitt Duals beginning at 10 a.m.

The Panthers are coming off an 11th place finish at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. For the tournament, Pitt was led by Tyler Wilps and Nick Bonaccorsi who each reached the podium at 174 and 197 pounds respectively.

Pitt is 4-1 in dual action on the season with wins over Lock Haven, Lehigh, Bucknell and ACC foe Maryland. The Panthers’ lone loss coming at No. 1 Penn State in front of a record crowd of 15,996 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Wolfpack are coming off a 21st place showing at the Sourthn Scuffle led by heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski who placed second.

NC State is 7-1 in dual action with its lone defeat coming at the hands of No. 7 Illinois at the Northeast Duals. The Wolfpack have yet to compete in an ACC dual this season.

The Panthers’ roster features five wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat polls, led by Max Thomusseit who is ranked sixth at 184 pounds while the Wolfpack roster features a pair of wrestlers ranked in the poll in 174 pounder Peter Renda (19) and heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski (4).

On Sunday, Pitt, Buffalo, Clarion, Davidson, Duke, Eastern Michigan, North Carolina State, Seton Hill and North Carolina will compete in the Pitt Duals. Matches begin at 10 a.m. and start at 125 pounds. Each round will start five minutes after the conclusion of the previous round.


 

 

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Probable Starters

No. 12 Pitt

125 – Anthony Zanetta

133 – No. 16 Shelton Mack or Derrick Nelson

141 – No. 20 Edgar Bright or Jake Keller

149 – Mikey Racciato

157 – Eric Nutter or Cole Sheptock

165 – Geno Morelli

174 – No. 8 Tyler Wilps

184 – No. 6 Max Thomusseit

197 – No. 13 Nick Bonaccorsi

285 – P.J. Tasser or Mike Gregory   

 

North Carolina State

125 – Micah Perez or Brendan Calas

133 – Chris Wilkes

141 – Sam Speno

149 – Brian Hamann or Cohl Fulk

157 – Tommy Gantt or Max Rohskopf

165 – Peter Santos

174 – No. 19 Peter Renda

184 – Michael Macchiavello or Shayne Brady

197 – KaRonne Jones

285 – No. 4 Nick Gwiazdowski

 

Pitt Duals Schedule/Mat Assignment

Round 1 - 10:00 a.m. start

Mat 1 - Eastern Michigan vs. Duke

Mat 2 - North Carolina vs. Buffalo

Mat 3 - Clarion vs. Davidson

Mat 4 - Open

Bye - Pitt, NC State, Seton Hill

 

Round 2 - 5 minutes after the conclusion of Round 1

Mat 1 - Pitt vs. Duke

Mat 2 - Clarion vs. NC State

Mat 3 - Buffalo vs. Seton Hill

Mat 4 - North Carolina vs. Eastern Michigan

Bye - North Carolina

 

Round 3 - 5 minutes after the conclusion of Round 2

Mat 1 - Pitt vs. Buffalo

Mat 2 - Davidson vs. Seton Hill

Mat 3 - Duke vs. Clarion

Mat 4 - NC State vs. Eastern Michigan

Bye - North Carolina

 

Round 4 - 5 minutes after the conclusion of Round 3

Mat 1 - Pitt vs. Davidson

Mat 2 - Clarion vs. North Carolina

Mat 3 - Seton Hill vs. NC State

Mat 4 - Buffalo vs. Duke

Bye - Eastern Michigan