PITTSBURGH- The No. 6 Pitt wrestling team returns to action this weekend as it travels to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels as well as Campbell University’s Fighting Camels on Saturday February 22nd, at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. With a victory over UNC, the Panthers would clinch an outright ACC regular season championship.
Pitt is coming off two tough losses this past weekend to No. 14 Edinboro and No. 8 Michigan. On Friday, February 14th, the Pitt wrestling team tied Edinboro 16-16 after retaliating against a 13-3 lead by the Fighting Scots. However, the Panthers fell 17-16 on the third criteria of total points, 50-49, which gave the Fighting Scots a bonus team point and the match.
In a furious comeback against the Wolverines Saturday night, the Panthers won four straight bouts, starting with Geno Morelli’s upset win over No. 6 Dan Yates at 165 pounds to put Pitt on the board after a 15-0 start by Michigan. With three more victories from Tyler Wilps, Max Thomusseit, and Nick Bonaccorsi, the Panthers trailed the Wolverines by only two points. In a controversial final match, P.J. Tasser fell to No. 2 Adam Coon, and Michigan was able to hold onto an 18-13 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).
The Tar Heels host Pitt after falling to the Citadel, 19-18. Currently, North Carolina’s roster boasts one wrestler ranked in the latest InterMat polls, their sole top-10 grappler Evan Henderson (#6, 141 pounds).
Campbell University travels to Chapel Hill after their match against the Citadel was postponed due to weather conditions. In the previous week, the Fighting Camels suffered their first SoCon loss, losing to the Chattanooga Mocs 32-10.
Saturday’s match will mark the fifth meeting between the Panthers and the Tar Heels, a series in which North Carolina leads 3-2. This weekend’s match up will be the Fighting Camels first time facing the Pitt wrestling team.
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No. 10 Pitt (12-3)
125- No. 16 Anthony Zanetta
133- No. 20 Shelton Mack
141- 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. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi
285- No. 19 P.J. Tasser/Mike Gregory
University of North Carolina (6-11)
125 - Nathan Kraisser
133 - Troy Heilmann
141 - No. 6 Evan Henderson
149 - Christian Barber
157 - Jake Crawford
165 - John Michael Staudenmayer
174 - Scott Marmoll
184 - Alex Utley
197 - Frank Abbondanza
285 - Bob Coe
Campbell University (5-2)
125- Tyler Walker
133- Drew Walker
141- Michael Dahlstrom
149- Brent Jorge/Collin Munson-Chappell
157- Grant Blumenthal/Daneil Luty
165- Paul Duggan
174- Cody Ryba
184- Ville Heino
197- Taylor McGiffen
285- Eloheim Palma