Oct. 26, 2011
PITTSBURGH – Pitt wrestling offers its first look at the 2011-12 team when the Panthers host their annual Blue vs. Gold match on Thursday, Oct. 27. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House.
The event includes a bracket for each weight class with the exception of 184. The Blue vs. Gold scoring will come from the finals matches.
The finals are set at two weights with senior Karl DeCiantis (Blue) and sophomore Tyler Wilps (Gold) squaring off at 165 and former national qualifier Matt Wilps (Blue) facing newcomer Jordan Shulman (Gold) at 197.
Two-time national qualifier Anthony Zanetta and freshman Travis Shaffer will both represent Blue. Zanetta will go against the winner between Derrick Nelson and Chace Small at 125 pounds. Shaffer, a former Pennsylvania state champion, awaits the winner of the match between freshman Ronnie Garbinsky and Dom Pietropaolo – a transfer from Pitt-Johnstown – at 141 pounds.
Representing Gold will be sophomore Shelton Mack, senior Andy Vaughan and returning national qualifiers Donnie Tasser and Zac Thomusseit. Mack, a returning starter from last season, will wrestle either senior Zach Grove or sophomore Erik Galloway at 133. Vaughan will wait for the winner of freshman Nick Bonaccorsi and sophomore P.J. Tasser at 174.
Senior Victor Konno and redshirt freshman Troy Reaghard will wrestle to see who faces Tasser in the finals at 157. At heavyweight, Thomusseit will wrestle either freshman Joel Yahner or two-time Massachusetts state champion Mike Gregory.
Four wrestlers will compete at 149. Competing for the chance to represent Gold will be three-time national qualifier Tyler Nauman and freshman Eric Nutter. Vying to wrestle for Blue are redshirt freshman Jordan Moss and senior Josh Pascazi.
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