Jan. 21, 2014
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh senior heavyweight P.J. Tasser has been named ACC Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced this morning.
Tasser takes home the honor after an exciting 3-1 overtime victory over No. 5 Oklahoma State’s Austin Marsden on Sunday. The award marks the first ACC honor for any Panther grappler.
The senior captain stepped to the mat with the match on the line and his team trailing 18-15 giving up nearly 50 pounds to No. 14 Austin Marsden but Tasser would not be denied when he capitalized on a double leg shot near the Pitt bench in the first sudden victory period of overtime to give him a 3-1 win and tie the match at 18-18, allowing the Panthers to win on criteria.
Eighth-ranked Pitt returns to action on Friday, Jan. 24, when it hosts No. 13 Virginia (13-2, 2-0 ACC) in a key conference dual at 7 p.m. inside Fitzgerald Field House.