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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.

Probable Starters

No. 15 Pitt

125 – Derrick Nelson or Godwin Nyama

133 – No. 13 Shelton Mack

141 – Travis Shaffer

149 – Ronnie Garbinsky

157 - Donnie Tasser or Troy Reaghard

165 – No. 12 Tyler Wilps

174 – Nick Bonaccorsi or P.J. Tasser

184 – No. 13 Max Thomusseit

197 – No. 2 Matt Wilps

285 – No. 7 Zac Thomusseit or Mike Gregory

West Virginia

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



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