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No. 13 Panthers Head to Eastern PA for Busy Weekend




Nov. 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH – The No. 13 ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team travels to Lehigh for a dual meet against the Mountain Hawks on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. and will compete in the Keystone Classic on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

Coming off a season-opening 27-14 triumph over Lock Haven last Friday, the Panthers (1-0) will seek another victory over a Pennsylvania-based rival while also hoping for revenge against Lehigh (1-2) after suffering a 22-14 defeat to the Mountain Hawks last season.

Pitt features five ranked wrestlers with three in the top 10 of the latest Amateur Wrestling News rankings, including 184-pounder Max Thomusseit (No. 5), 125-pounder Anthony Zanetta (No. 7) and 174-pounder Tyler Wilps (No. 8).

Meanwhile, Lehigh, which received votes in the latest NCWA Coaches Poll, boasts three ranked wrestlers, including two in the top 10: 133-pounder Mason Beckman (No. 6) and 157-pounder Joey Napoli (No. 9). The Mountain Hawks were upset in their season-opening dual meet by Bucknell (18-17) on criteria points; but Lehigh has responded well to that shock, beating No. 15 Bloomsburg (22-13) and competing admirably against No. 1 Penn State in a 22-12 loss.

The dual meet’s biggest potential bout – and only ranked matchup – would feature Pitt’s Shelton Mack (No. 17) against Lehigh’s Mason Beckman (No. 6) at 133 pounds. Mack holds a 5-2 record on the season, while Beckman remains undefeated with a 3-0 mark.

Lehigh’s coaching staff features two former Panthers. Pitt wrestling legend Pat Santoro, a two-time national champion and four-time All-American (1985-89), is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh volunteer assistant Drew Headley also wrestled at Pitt (2004-08), earning two Eastern Wrestling League championships and one All-American honor.


 

 

Pitt and Lehigh will meet for the 59th time, with the Mountain Hawks leading the all-time series against the Panthers, 40-16-2.

On Sunday, Pitt will compete in the Keystone Classic at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The 19th Keystone Classic will feature 12 teams, including American, Appalachian State, Arizona State, Bloomsburg, Boston University, Harvard, Indiana, N.C. State, Northwestern, Pitt and Rider in addition to the host Quakers.


Probable Starters

No. 13 Pitt

125 – No. 7 Anthony Zanetta

133 – No. 17 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. 8 Tyler Wilps

184 – No. 5 Max Thomusseit or Aaron Rothwell

197 – No. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi

285 – P.J. Tasser or Mike Gregory   

Lehigh

125 – Darian Cruz

133 – No. 6 Mason Beckman

141 – No. 19 Laike Gardner

149 – Mitch Minotti

157 – No. 9 Joey Napoli

165 – Brian Brill

174 – Elliot Riddick

184 – Zach Diekel or Austin Meys

197 – John Bolich

285 – Doug Vollaro

Approximate Schedule Keystone Classic

10 a.m. – Championship First Round (Pigtails)
10:20 a.m. – Championship Second Round
12:30 p.m. – Championship Quarterfinals/Consolation First Round

2 p.m. – Consolation Second Round

3 p.m. – Championship Semifinals/Consolation Third Round

4:30 p.m. – Consolation Fourth Round

5:15 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals

6 p.m. Championship, 3rd Place, 5th Place Matches