April 20, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Panther great Keith Gavin, a two-time All-American and 2008 National Champion, won his first U.S. Open Title on Saturday evening in Las Vegas.
Gavin captured the 84 kg/ 185 pound championship with a hard fought 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 victory over Clayton Foster of Grit Athletics/Cowboy WC for his first-career U.S. Open title.
With his win, Gavin has earned a spot in the final-round series of June's U.S. World Team Trials held in Stillwater, Okla.
In addition to Gavin, two additional Panther greats, Ryan Tomei and Drew Headlee, also competed in the event.
Complete results from Pitt alums in the event can be found below.
Pitt U.S. Open Results
Keith Gavin - 84 KG
First Round: Keith Gavin TF Devin Hightower (Rocky Mountain); 6-0, 7-1
Second Round: Keith Gavin dec. Michael Pucillo (Titan Mercury); 5-0, 5-3
Semifinals: Keith Gavin dec. Jon Reader (Sunkist Kids); 0-1, 2-0, 4-1
Finals: Keith Gavin dec. Clayton Foster (Grit Athletics); 1-0, 1-1, 2-1
Drew Headlee - 66 KG
First Round: Drew Headlee dec. Kyle Ruschell (Badger WC); 0-4, 5-3, 6-1
Second Round: Brent Metcalf (NYAC) dec. Drew Headlee
; 7-0, 4-0
Wrestlebacks: Chase Pami (Sunkist Kids) dec. Drew Headlee; 2-0, 6-3
Ryan Tomei - 120 KG
First Round: Ryan Tomei dec. Cody Davis (Rocky Mountain); 2-0, 6-0
Second Round: Kyle Massey (NYAC) 3 cau. Ryan Tomei
Wrestlebacks: Matthew Meuleners (Aberdeen WC) dec. Ryan Tomei; 1-0, 1-0