March 21, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Four members of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team will compete for All-American honors tonight in Session 4 of the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Pitt hasn't had four All-American wrestlers in the same season since 1963.
Anthony Zanetta (125), Tyler Wilps (174), Max Thomusseit (184) and Nick Bonaccorsi (197) are the Panthers still alive in the consolation brackets, and they will attempt to add to the 74 All-Americans in Pitt Wrestling history when action resumes tonight at 8 p.m. EST.
The seven Panthers that competed on Friday afternoon posted a 6-3 record, improving Pitt’s combined record for the tournament to 15-11. Pitt finished Session 3 tied for 19th place in the team standings with 15.5 points.
Zanetta started the session for Pitt with a 3-1 victory over Paul Petrov from Bucknell. The senior 125-pounder lost to Petrov twice during the regular season, but he picked up the win over the familiar foe when it mattered most. Then oozing confidence, Zanetta dominated Kory Mines of Edinboro to advance to tonight’s “Blood Rounds” with an 11-1 major decision. Zanetta will wrestle Iowa State’s Earl Hall to be an All-American.
Wilps was next to the mat for the Panthers, but he dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 2 seed and former national champion Andrew Howe from Oklahoma. Wilps drops into the consolation bracket, and he will face No. 12 Tanner Weatherman from Iowa State tonight for All-American honors. Wilps defeated Weatherman 11-7 earlier this season.
Thomusseit battled back from yesterday’s disappointing loss with two victories against Lelund Weatherspoon from Iowa State (4-0) and Vic Avery of Edinboro (7-6). Thomusseit dominated Weatherspoon from start to finish, but he needed a late rally to defeat Avery after falling behind 4-1. The Pitt junior 184-pounder will square off with No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus from Minnesota tonight.
Then Bonaccorsi, who ended a four-match losing streak last night with a pin against Lehigh’s John Bolich, rode that momentum to beat Timothy McCall from Wisconsin (6-2) and Shane Woods of Wyoming (6-4, SV). Now Bonaccorsi will wrestle Duke’s Conner Hartmann tonight in the Round of 12. Bonaccorsi lost to Hartmann both times they met this season.
Unfortunately, Shelton Mack (133), Edgar Bright (141) and P.J. Tasser (HWT) all saw their tournaments come to an end on Thursday. It marked the final time putting on a Pitt singlet in competition for seniors Mack and Tasser.
Mack lost his consolation bout to No. 4 Jonathon Morrison from Oklahoma State, 3-0. Shelton Mack finished with a 26-12 overall record this season, and his successful Pitt career ends with 84 total victories and three NCAA appearances.
Bright dropped an 8-3 decision to Iowa’s Josh Dziewa, finishing his season after the fantastic freshman tallied 19 wins and advanced to nationals.
Tasser, a two-time NCAA qualifier at heavyweight that originally came to Pitt as a 165-pounder, came out on the wrong end of a controversially quick pin call against J.T. Felix from Boise State at 1:35. Tasser finished his Pitt career with 69 wins.
Complete results and this evening’s matchups for the four remaining Pitt wrestlers at the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are listed below.
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2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships - Pitt Results and Upcoming Matches
No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (125 pounds)
First Round: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) pins Conor Youtsey (Michigan), 3:44
Second Round: No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P), 6-0
Wrestlebacks: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Paul Petrov (Bucknell), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) m. dec. Kory Mines (Edinboro), 11-1
Round of 12: No. 15 Anthony Zanetta (P) vs. Earl Hall (Iowa State)
Shelton Mack (133 pounds)
Pigtail Round: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Devon Lotito (Cal Poly), 2-1
First Round: No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg), 2-1 (TB1)
Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma State) dec. Shelton Mack (P), 3-0
Shelton Mack finishes his senior season with a 26-12 overall record, 84 career victories and three total NCAA appearances.
No. 14 Edgar Bright (141 pounds)
First Round: No. 14 Edgar Bright (P) dec. Tyler Scotton (Boston University), 3-1
Second Round: No. 3 Zain Retherford (Penn State) dec. No. 14 Edgar Bright (P), 3-0
Wrestlebacks: Josh Dziewa (Iowa) dec. No. 14 Edgar Bright (P), 8-3
Edgar Bright finishes his freshman season with a 19-11 overall record.
Mikey Racciato (149 pounds)
First Round: No. 3 Chris Villalonga (Cornell) dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 5-2
Wrestlebacks: Ryan Lubeck (Wisconsin) m. dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 12-3
Mikey Racciato finishes his freshman season with a 22-15 overall record.
No. 7 Tyler Wilps (174 pounds)
First Round: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Bradley Wukie (Penn), 4-2
Second Round: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. No. 10 Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan), 6-2
Quarterfinals: No. 2 Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) dec. No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P), 5-2
Round of 12: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) vs. No. 12 Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State)
No. 4 Max Thomusseit (184 pounds)
First Round: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Clint Morrison (Rider), 5-4
Second Round: No. 13 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) dec. No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 4-0
Wrestlebacks: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Vic Avery (Edinboro), 7-6
Round of 12: No. 4 Max Thomusseit (P) vs. No. 7 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota)
Nick Bonaccorsi (197 pounds)
First Round: No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech) dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (P), 3-1
Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) pins John Bolich (Lehigh), 2:27
Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Timothy McCall (Wisconsin), 6-2
Wrestlebacks: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) dec. Shane Woods (Wyoming), 6-4 (SV1)
Round of 12: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) vs. Conner Hartmann (Duke)
P.J. Tasser (Heavyweight)
First Round: No. 7 Mike McClure (Michigan State) dec. P.J. Tasser (P), 6-4 (SV1)
Wrestlebacks: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Blake Herrin (American), 4-3
Wrestlebacks: No. 8 J.T. Felix (Boise State) pins P.J. Tasser (P), 1:35
P.J. Tasser finishes his senior season with an 18-11 overall record, 69 career victories and two total NCAA appearances.