Jan. 31, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The 15th-ranked Pitt wrestling team (7-4) returns home for the first of three matches when it welcomes long-time rival West Virginia to Fitzgerald Field House for a 7 p.m. dual on Saturday, Feb. 2. The match will be streamed online via Pitt Panthers TV.
The Panthers are coming off a 33-6 victory against Lock Haven with impressive performances from Shelton Mack, Donnie Tasser, Tyler Wilps, Nick Bonaccorsi, Matt Wilps, and Zac Thomusseit, who all tallied bonus point wins.
WVU is returning to the mats after a loss to Iowa State, 30-3. The only win for the Mountaineers during the dual was produced by No. 12 Nathan Pennesi in a 5-1 decision.
The match on Saturday will be the 68th meeting between the Mountaineers and the Panthers. WVU leads the all-time series 33-32-2. This will be the 35th meeting between Pitt head coach Rande Stottlemyer and West Virginia head coach Craig Turnbull, who both began their careers at the rival schools in 1979.
The two coaches have been extremely successful with similar careers. Stottlemyer has acquired 303 career victories, with Turnbull having 274. Turnbull leads the all-time series between the two coaches 17-16-1. Stottlemyer has been more successful in the past few years, winning four of the last five matches, including a 26-12 victory in Morgantown last season.
No. 15 Pitt
133 – No. 13 Shelton Mack
141 – Travis Shaffer
149 – Ronnie Garbinsky
165 – No. 12 Tyler Wilps
184 – No. 13 Max Thomusseit
197 – No. 2 Matt Wilps
285 – No. 7 Zac Thomusseit or Mike Gregory
125 – Shane Young
133 – Colin Johnson
141 – No. 12 Nathan Pennesi
149 – Tim Wheeling or Tre Miller-Scott or Roman Perryman
157 – Jason Luster
165 – Dominic Prezzia or Ross Renzi
174 – Bubba Scheffel
184 – Lance Bryson
197 – A.J. Vizcarrondo
285 – Phil Mandzik