Oct. 30, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The Pitt wrestling team will host its annual Blue vs. Gold match this Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. inside the Fitzgerald Field House. The event will feature 14 matches across eight weight classes and will be the fans' first opportunity to see the 2012-13 Panthers in action.
The event will begin with a round of preliminary matches to determine the final participants for the Blue vs. Gold match, which will be contested and scored as a traditional dual match.
Preliminaries will begin at 133 pounds with a matchup between freshman Corey Bush and sophomore Chace Small. The winner of the Bush-Small matchup will represent the Blue squad and will matchup against 2012 national qualifier Shelton Mack.
A prelim at 141 pounds will follow the Bush-Small contest. Wrestling for a chance to represent the Gold squad will be a pair of freshmen in Jason Stephen and Jake Keller. The winner will face fellow freshman Ty Lydic, who will compete for the Blue squad.
The149 pound weight class also features a pair of prelim matches. First, redshirt senior Donnie Tasser will meet redshirt sophomore Dom Pietropaolo for the right to wrestle for the Gold team while, the Blue team will be represented by either freshman Cole Sheptock or redshirt freshman Ronnie Garbinsky.
Neither the 165 nor 174 pound weight classes feature preliminary matches. At 165 pounds, redshirt sophomore Tyler Wilps (Gold) will matchup against freshman Geno Morelli (Blue). At 174 pounds redshirt junior P.J. Tasser (Gold) will face redshirt freshman Nick Bonaccorsi (Blue).
Matches will not be contested at 125 and 184 pounds.
The Panthers are coming off a successful 2011-12 campaign where they captured their third consecutive EWL Dual Championship, second-straight EWL Tournament title and recorded a top-15 finish at Nationals.
BLUE VS. GOLD SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
1. 133 pound prelim (Bush v. Small)
2. 141 pound prelim (Keller r v. Stephen)
3. 149 pound prelim (D. Tasser v. Pietropaolo)
4. 149 pound prelim (Sheptock v. Garbinsky)
5. 157 pound prelim (Horner v. Nutter)
6. 285 pound prelim (Kornberg v. Zaitsev)
7. 133 pound (Mack v. match 1 winner)
8. 141 pound (Lydic v. match 2 winner)
9. 149 pound (match 3 winner v. match 4 winner)
10. 157 pound (Reaghard v. match 5 winner)
11. 165 pound (T. Wilps v. Morelli)
12. 174 pound (P. Tasser v. Bonaccorsi)
13. 197 pound (M. Wilps v. Patrick)
14. 285 pound (Z. Thousseit v. match 6 winner)
BLUE VS. GOLD ROSTERS
141: Ty Lydic
157: Troy Reaghard
165: Geno Morelli
174: Nick Bonaccorsi
197: Matt Wilps
133: Shelton Mack
165: Tyler Wilps
174: P.J. Tasser
197: Matt Patrick
285: Zac Thomusseit