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No. 6 Pitt Hosts No. 14 Edinboro and No. 8 Michigan in Final Home Matches of 2014




ESPN3: Pitt vs Edinboro | Pitt vs Michigan 

PITTSBURGH- The No. 6 Pitt wrestling team returns to action this weekend as it hosts the No. 18 Edinboro Fighting Scots Friday, Feb. 14, and the No. 8 Michigan Wolverines Saturday, Feb. 15. Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House and will be streamed live on ESPN3. Saturday’s match will also serve as Senior Day.

Pitt is coming off a 19-14 victory over ACC foe Virginia Tech in which the Panthers clinched a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship, marking the first ACC title, in any sport, for the University. Winning three straight bouts from 174-197 pounds, Pitt was able to maintain the lead, putting a victory out of reach for the Hokies.

The Panthers roster features seven 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).

Edinboro, who won the EWL Championship, hits the road after hosting the Edinboro Open on Feb. 8, in which six Fighting Scots placed, as well as 41-3 victory over University of Buffalo on Feb. 1. In accordance with the latest InerMat polls, seven Edinboro wrestlers hold national rankings, led by Mitchell Port (#1, 141 pounds) and A.J. Schopp (#2, 133 pounds).

The Wolverines are coming to Pitt after falling at No. 3 Iowa, 26-6, in its final Big Ten Conference dual last Sunday, Feb. 9. Currently, Michigan boasts eight wrestlers ranked in the latest InterMat polls, including top-10 ranked Steven Dutton (#8, 141 pounds), Eric Grajales (#8, 149 pounds), Dan Yates (#6, 165 pounds), and Adam Coon (#2, 285 pounds).

Former EWL rivals Pitt and Edinboro have met 27 times with EU leading the series 16-10. The Panthers have won the last four meetings including a nail-biting, 19-18, win last season. Pitt trailed 18-0 but rallied to win the final six matches for the win, featuring four victories from current Pitt wrestlers.

The Panthers and Wolverines are meeting for the 32nd time in program history. Pitt has a 9-21-1 all-time record against UM, including a 16-15 setback in Ann Arbor last season.

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Probable Starters

No. 6 Pitt (12-1, 5-0 ACC)

125- No. 19 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. 19 P.J. Tasser/Mike Gregory

 

No. 14 Edinboro (8-3, 5-0 EWL)

125- No. 18 Kory Mines

133- No. 2 A.J. Schopp

141- No. 1 Mitchell Port

149- No. 15 Dave Habat

157- No. 16 Johnny Greisheimer

165- Kasey Burnett-Davis

174- Patrick Jennings

184- No. 15 Vic Avery/Nick Mitchell

197- Vince Pickett

285- No. 17 Ernest James

 

No. 8 Michigan (10-4, 6-2 Big Ten)

125- Sean Boyle

133- No. 19 Rossi Bruno

141- No. 8 Steve Dutton

149- No. 8 Eric Grajales

157- No. 14 Brian Murphy/Jake Salazar

165- No. 6 Dan Yates

174- Collin Zeerip

184- No. 16 Domenic Abounader

197- Chris Heald

285- No. 2 Adam Coon