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No. 9 Pitt Wrestling Hosts No. 22 Hofstra on Friday




Match Notes

Feb. 9, 2012

No. 22 Hofstra at No. 9 PITT

Friday, February 10, 2012 • 7 p.m. ET

Fitzgerald Field House (6,798) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television:  Watch the broadcast live on PittsburghPanthers.com. The match will also air on Pitt Panthers Television (Channel 188 or 210 in Pittsburgh area) on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. Jacob Wise and Shawn Amistade will provide the play-by-play and color commentary. Amistade was a four-time national qualifier for the Panthers at 133 pounds from 1998-2002.

Live Blog/Chat: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Coaches: Pitt: Rande Stottlemyer, 33rd season (293-223); Hofstra: Rob Anspach, 1st season (10-1).

Series: Pitt and Hofstra meet for the third time in series history. The Panthers lead the overall series 2-0-0.

MATCH PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH – The No. 9 Pitt wrestling team hosts No. 22 Hofstra on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House. The Panthers will attempt to win their 10th straight match and the third this season against a nationally-ranked team.

The match with the Pride (10-1) is the first of three dual meets against ranked teams to close out the regular season for Pitt. The Panthers (12-1) will host No. 20 Edinboro to decide the Eastern Wrestling League regular season champion on Friday, Feb.17, and will travel to take on defending national champion No. 2 Penn State on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Pitt is 2-1 against ranked teams this season with wins over then-No. 6 Lehigh and then-No. 6 Michigan and a loss to then-No. 6 Ohio State.

Pitt and Hofstra matched up in five weight classes earlier this season at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas with the Pride winning three of the bouts. Pitt notched wins at 133 pounds (No. 20 Shelton Mack dec. No.26 Jamie Franco, 9-7; No. 13 Tyler Nauman dec. No. 17 Justin Accordino, 2-1 tb) and lost at 125, 141 and 165 (No. 12 Steve Bonanno maj. dec. No. 16 Anthony Zanetta, 11-3; No. 23 Luke Vaith dec. Travis Shaffer, 7-3; No. 17 P.J. Gillespie dec. No. 33 Tyler Wilps, 3-2).

Friday marks just the third match against Hofstra in Pitt wrestling history. The Panthers won each of the first two contests.

Both teams have had long winning streaks this season. Pitt’s current nine-match streak is just one why of the 10 matches Hofstra won to open the season before falling to No. 3 Cornell.