Sept. 21, 2005
PITTSBURGH - The 2005-06 season brings new changes to the Pitt wrestling program as it welcomes a new training facility located in the Fitzgerald Field House. The original wrestling room was built in 1951 along with the rest of the Field House, but hadn't been updated until this summer.
Pitt's wrestling program is ranked 13th nationally for having 15 NCAA champions. The program continues to produce All-Americans and EWL champions as well. With the addition of the new wrestling room, the Panthers are in a facility that is representative of a rich and proud tradition that is Pittsburgh wrestling.
The new wrestling room is twice the size of the previous training facility while containing new floor and wall mats. In addition, the room is equipped with a new ventilation system and lighting. Adding to the facility is a video and recruitment room as well as a cardio area on a balcony above the surface.
"We've really gone from a one to a ten," said head coach Rande Stottlemyer. "I think it exceeds expectations when people walk in and see what's been done."
Stottlemyer said that the improvements made under the guidance of athletic director Jeff Long and senior associate athletic director Carol Sprague have boosted morale of the team.
The new wrestling room is one of two new facilities the athletic department is introducing for the 2005-06 year. An Olympic sports weight room was also added to the Fitzgerald Field House and will serve as a primary training facility for over 300 Pitt student-athletes. According to Stottlemyer, these two additions have given the teams a renewed sense of pride in their university and should contribute to improving a number of successful programs. A formal ceremony introducing the new wrestling room will be held on Friday, October 14 at 5:30 p.m. More details are to come at www.pittsburghpanthers.com.