May 29, 2014
MADISON - A little over a month removed from representing the University of Pittsburgh in national wrestling tournaments in Las Vegas, current Pitt wrestler Nick Zanetta and former Pitt great Keith Gavin will compete at the USA World Team Trials from May 30-June 1 in Madison, Wis.
Keith Gavin has earned the No. 1 seed for the senior level and will compete for the US World Team. The US World Team Trials help select wrestlers who aim to compete for the U.S. national team at the 2014 World Wrestling Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Nick Zanetta will compete for a spot on the U-20 US World Team.
“Any time we have Pitt athletes competing at the top level is it good for the program,” Pitt head coach Jason Peters said. "We wish them the best of luck and hope that they continue to represent Pitt in a very positive fashion."
Gavin, who wrestled for the Panthers from 2003-2008, went 33-0 his senior year and became the 16th National Champion in school history, and the first since 1989. Gavin followed up his prolific senior campaign with a bronze medal at the 2008 World University Wrestling Championships, after which he came back to Pitt as an assistant coach for the 2008-2009 season. He continues to dominate the world of wrestling, having won his second consecutive United States Open freestyle title this past April in Las Vegas.
Nick Zanetta, a rising sophomore for Pitt, also wrestled in Las Vegas in late April. He finished eighth in the FILA Juniors Nationals Freestyle Tournament, which featured many of the best under-20 wrestlers in the nation, and performed the best of any Panther in the tournament.
Pitt finished its first season in the ACC with a perfect 6-0 record en route to winning the ACC regular season title. The Panthers will host the 2015 ACC Championships on March 8th in the Peterson Events Center.