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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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
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
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