March 18, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Eight members of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team will begin competing for individual National Championships and All-American honors when the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships begin on Thursday, March 20 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Anthony Zanetta (125), Shelton Mack (133), Edgar Bright (141), Mikey Racciato (149), Tyler Wilps (174), Max Thomusseit (184), Nick Bonaccorsi (197), and P.J. Tasser (HWT) will represent the Panthers, marking the third time in the last four seasons that exactly eight Pitt wrestlers earned berths to nationals.
Pitt boasts an experienced group of wrestlers aiming to better the team's consecutive 15th place team finishes at nationals, with six wrestlers making their return to NCAAs.
Racciato and Bright, both true freshmen, are the two Panthers who will make their debuts at the NCAA Championships. Wilps, Bonaccorsi and Tasser travel to nationals for the second time; Mack and Thomusseit are three-time qualifiers; and Zanetta will wrestle at the pinnacle of college wrestling for the fourth time.
This year's coverage of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships provides college wrestling fans with an unprecedented viewing experience. For the first time, every match on every mat in every session can be watched thanks to ESPN's comprehensive coverage on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN3.
For further details on ESPN's coverage of the tournament, click here.
To stay updated with how the eight Pitt wrestlers are doing at nationals, follow the team on Twitter. The Panthers will begin wrestling on Thursday when the NCAA Championships begin at noon.
Pitt First Round Seeds and Matchups for NCAAs:
125: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta vs. Conor Youtsey (Michigan)
133: Shelton Mack vs. Devon Lotito (Cal Poly)
141: No. 14 Edgar Bright vs. Tyler Scotton (Boston University)
149: Mikey Racciato vs. No. 3 Chris Villalonga (Cornell)
174: No. 7 Tyler Wilps vs. Brad Wukie (Penn)
184: No. 4 Max Thomusseit vs. Clint Morrison (Rider)
197: Nick Bonaccorsi vs. No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech)
HWT: P.J. Tasser vs. No. 7 Michael McClure (Michigan State)