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.
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
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