Nov. 14, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The No. 14 ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team begins its 2013-14 duel campaign and inaugural season as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference when is welcomes former Eastern Wrestling League foe Lock Haven to the Fitzgerald Field on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Pitt returns several letterwinners who have combined for 441 wins during their collegiate careers, including seven NCAA qualifiers on its 2013-14 squad.
The Panthers feature five wrestlers ranked in the most recent Amateur Wrestling News poll, led by three ranked in the top 10: junior 184-pounder Max Thomusseit (No. 6), senior 125-pounder Anthony Zanetta (No. 8) and junior 174-pounder Tyler Wilps (No. 9).
Several Panthers have already enjoyed noteworthy individual success this season. Max Thomusseit and 285-pounder P.J. Tasser each won titles at the Clarion Open in early November, while six other Panthers earned spots on the podium at the season-opening event that featured wrestlers from numerous local schools.
Lock Haven (2-0) should present the Panthers with a formidable early season challenge. The Bald Eagles have started the new campaign strongly, picking up two impressive victories against Shippensburg (42-3) and Bucknell (19-13). Lock Haven, which has received votes in the latest NWCA Coaches Poll, boasts two ranked projected starters: 184-pounder Fred Garcia (16th) and 141-pounder Dan Ness (18th).
Pitt owns a 28-21-1 all-time series lead against Lock Haven, including a 33-6 victory last season that saw returning Panthers Shelton Mack, Tyler Wilps, Nick Bonaccorsi and Max Thomusseit pick up decisive individual wins.
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No. 14 Pitt
125 – No. 8 Anthony Zanetta
133 – No. 19 Shelton Mack or Derrick Nelson
141 – Edgar Bright or Jake Keller
149 – Mikey Racciato
157 – Eric Nutter or Cole Sheptock
165 – Geno Morelli
174 – No. 9 Tyler Wilps
184 – No. 6 Max Thomusseit or Aaron Rothwell
197 – No. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi
285 – P.J. Tasser or Mike Gregory
125 – Kaleb LeMarie
133 – Matt Bryer
141 – No. 18 Dan Neff
149 – Mac Maldarelli
157 – Billy Randt
165 – Jake Kemerer
174 – Travis Moyer
184 – No. 16 Fred Garcia
197 – Phil Sprenkle
285 – Brad Emerick