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Panthers Travel to Rival WVU




PITTSBURGH- The No. 7 Pitt wrestling team travels to West Virginia University on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a 7 p.m. match against its long-time rivals the Mountaineers.

The Panthers are coming off a win over No. 13 University of Virginia, winning the final four bouts of the day and using a pin from Mikey Racciato to sail past the Cavaliers, 25-9.

Following the win, Tyler Wilps was honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as ACC Wrestler of the Week for his 12-4 major decision over No. 12 Stephen Doty which helped swing the match in Pitt’s favor.

The Panthers roster features five wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat polls led by top-10 grapplers Max Thomusseit (#6, 184 pounds) and Wilps (#7, 174 pounds).

West Virginia hosts Pitt after falling to Oklahoma State University, 30-6. On the season, the Mountaineers are 9-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12. Colin Johnston (141 pounds) leads the team with a season record of 22-5, and is currently No. 17 the Amateur Wrestling News.

Pitt and WVU are meeting for the 69th with the all-time series between the two rivals dead locked at 33-33-2. Last year, the Panthers faced off against the Mountaineers coming away with a 31-9 victory at Fitzgerald Field House that featured three wins from current Pitt wrestlers.

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Probable Starters

No. 7 Pitt (10-1)


 

 

125- Anthony Zanetta

133- Shelton Mack

141- No. 16 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- No. 20 P.J. Tasser/Mike Gregory

West Virginia (9-3)

125- Cory Stainbrook

133- Nathan Pennesi

141- Colin Johnston

149- Mike Morales

157- Brutus Scheffel

165- Ross Renzi

174- Bubba Scheffel

184- Mac Mancuso

197- Leo Trindade

285- A.J. Vizarrondo