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March 4, 2012

CLARION, Pa. - Nine Pitt wrestlers advanced to the semifinal round of the Eastern Wrestling League Tournament on Sunday at Clarion University. The semifinals are currently under way.

Tyler Nauman (149), Tyler Wilps (165), and Ethan Headlee (174) all recorded pins in the opening round. With his pin over Millersville's Steve Miller, Nauman ties Ryan Tomei for second on Pitt's career list.

Travis Shaffer recorded bonus points for the Panthers with a technical fall at 141, while Shelton Mack (133), Donnie Tasser (157), and Matt Wilps (197) added bonus points with major decisions. Andy Vaughan advanced with a 7-4 decision, while top-seeded Anthony Zanetta received a bye in the quarterfinals.

P.J. Tasser was the lone Pitt loss of the quarterfinals, but he turned in a solid performance in an underdog role. The 174-pounder bumped up three weight classes to heavyweight for the tournament. Looking comically undersized against top-seeded Ernest James (Edinboro), Tasser lost 1-0, but was just 12 seconds away from earning a riding time point and sending the match into overtime.

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Pitt Quartefinal Results

125 - Anthony Zanetta advanced with a bye

  • Next opponent - Bobby Rehm (Lock Haven)

133 - Shelton Mack maj. dec. Josh Childress (Lock Haven), 12-1

  • Next Opponent - Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg)

141 - Travis Shaffer tech. fall. Tyler Bedelyon (Clarion), 15-0

  • Next opponent - Mike Morales (West Virginia)

149 - Tyler Nauman FALL Steve Miller (Millersville), 5:19

  • Next opponent - Bryce Busler (Bloomsburg)

157 - Donnie Tasser maj. dec. Dominic Prezzia (West Virginia), 10-2

  • Next opponent - Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg)

165 - Tyler Wilps FALL Dylan Caprio (Lock Haven), 6:44

  • Next opponent - Jesse Swink (Edinboro)

174 - Ethan Headlee FALL Nick Milano (Clarion), 2:11

  • Next opponent - Seth Creasy (Lock Haven)

184 - Andy Vaughan dec. Sam Shirey (Bloomsburg), 7-4

  • Next opponent - Vic Avery (Edinboro)

197 - Matt Wilps maj. dec. Matt Parlier (Lock Haven), 14-5

  • Next opponent - Richard Perry (Bloomsburg)

285 - Ernest James (Edinboro) dec. P.J. Tasser, 1-0

  • Next opponent - Garry Yarborogh (Cleveland State)
Pitt Wrestling Advances Nine to Semis at EWL Tournament

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