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Jan. 23, 2014

PITTSBURGH- The No. 8 Pitt wrestling team will host No. 13 University of Virginia on Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House for an ACC showdown.

The Panthers are coming off an outstanding win over No. 9 Oklahoma State after ACC Wrestler of the Week P.J. Tasser's overtime victory tied the match 18-18, allowing a criteria win for the Panthers to end the match 19-18, thanks to a pin from Mikey Racciato.

Pitt is 9-1 in dual action on the season with its lone loss coming at No. 1 Penn State. The Panthers are 3-0 in the ACC with wins over Maryland, NC State, and Duke.

The Panthers roster features five wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat polls led by top-10 grapplers Max Thomusseit (#6, 184 pounds) and Tyler Wilps (#7, 174 pounds). Virginia comes to Pitt on a six match winning streak. On the season, the Cavaliers are 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The UVa roster features six wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat poll led by Nick Sulzer (#2, 165 pounds).

The dual will mark the second meeting against the Cavaliers. The Panthers and Cavaliers last met in the Journeyman Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y., in November of 2010 with Pitt winning 21-15.

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Probable Starters

No. 8 Pitt

125- Anthony Zanetta

133- No. 17 Shelton Mack

141- No. 19 Edgar Bright

149- Mikey Racciato

157- Eric Nutter/Cole Sheptock

165- Geno Morelli

174- No. 7 Tyler Wilps

184- No. 6 Max Thomusseit

197- No. 18 Nick Bonaccorsi

285- P.J. Tasser/Mike Gregory

No. 13 Virginia

125-Nick Hermann

133- Joseph Martinez

141- No. 16 Joe Spisak

149- No. 10 Gus Sako/Chris Yankowich

157- No. 15 Blaise Butler

165- No. 2 Nick Sulzer

174- No. 12 Stephen Doty

184- No. 20 Jon Fausey

197- Zach Nye

285- Ethan Hayes/Collin Campbell

No. 8 Panthers Host No. 13 Virginia

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