March 5, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Coming off an undefeated regular season in the Atlantic Coast Conference and outright ACC Dual Meet Championship, the No. 10 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team will begin its postseason when the Panthers travel to Cassell Coliseum on the campus of Virginia Tech for the 60th Annual ACC Wrestling Championship this Saturday, March 8.
After defeating all six of its ACC opponents in duals, Pitt enters the tournament as one of the favorites. But the Panthers will have to fight off challenges from No. 12 Virginia, defending ACC Champion and host No. 16 Virginia Tech and Maryland to earn the ACC Wrestling Championship.
The winning team will be determined using a point system that distributes points to schools based on the finishing places of individuals in all 10 weight classes, as well as issuing bonus points for wrestlers that record pins, technical falls and major decisions.
Representing the Panthers will be a lineup mixed with experience and youth: senior Anthony Zanetta (125), senior Shelton Mack (133), freshman Edgar Bright (141), freshman Mikey Racciato (149), sophomore Ronnie Garbinsky (157), freshman Geno Morelli (165), junior Tyler Wilps (174), junior Max Thomusseit (184), sophomore Nick Bonaccorsi (197) and senior P.J. Tasser (285).
With first-year head coach Jason Peters leading Pitt into the postseason for the first time, the Panthers aim to replicate their recent postseason success that saw them earn three consecutive Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Tournament titles. Five current Panthers - Zanetta, Mack, Thomusseit, Bonaccorsi and Tasser - have the experience of winning individual EWL titles and hope to add individual ACC championships to their career credentials.
Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day until the finals start at 7:30 p.m. All of the action will be available live on ESPN3 at the links posted above.
Last week, the NCAA announced that the ACC received 34 automatic qualifier allocations for its conference championship. A complete breakdown of allocations can be found here.
Pitt ACC Championships Participants (ACC number of NCAA allocations in parentheses):
125 (3): Anthony Zanetta
133 (3): Shelton Mack
141 (5): Edgar Bright
149 (4): Mikey Racciato
157 (2): Ronnie Garbinsky
165 (2): Geno Morelli
174 (3): Tyler Wilps
184 (4): Max Thomusseit
197 (5): Nick Bonaccorsi
285 (4): P.J. Tasser