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No. 6 Panthers Host No. 16 Virginia Tech in Key ACC Dual




Feb. 6, 2014

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PITTSBURGH- The No. 6 Pitt wrestling team returns to action Friday, Feb. 7, for an ACC match up against the No. 16 Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House. The winner of the dual will clinch a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The Panthers are coming off a 33-6 victory over long-time rival West Virginia in last weekend's Backyard Brawl where three pins from Pitt wrestlers Geno Morelli, Max Thomusseit, and Nick Bonaccorsi helped to lock up the win.

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

Virginia Tech is coming off wins over a pair of ACC foes in Duke and NC State to improve to 4-1 in conference action with its lone loss coming at Virginia. The Hokies' roster features four wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat polls led by Zach Neibert and Nick Vetterlein who rank 17th at 149 and 184 pounds respectively. 

In program history, the Panthers have matched up against the Hokies ten times, in which Pitt has come away with victories all ten matches. Last season's match at Fitzgerald Field House ended with a final score of 18-16 featuring three wins from current Pitt wrestlers.


 

 

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Probable Starters

No. 6 Pitt (11-1, 4-0 ACC)

125- Anthony Zanetta

133- No. 20 Shelton Mack

141- No. 17 Edgar Bright

149- Mikey Racciato

157- Ronnie Garbinsky/Cole Sheptock/Eric Nutter

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

 

No. 16 Virginia Tech (15-2, 4-1 ACC)

125- No. 19 Joey Dance

133- Dennis Gustafson

141- Erik Spjut

149- No. 17 Zach Neibert

157- Sal Mastriani

165- Chris Moon

174- Pete Renda/John Dickson

184- No. 17 Nick Vetterlein

197- No. 20 Chris Penny

285- Ty Waltz