Nov. 29, 2012
PITTSBURGH - The 18th-ranked Pitt wrestling team will open its 2012-13 home slate when it welcomes No. 11 Virginia Tech to Fitzgerald Field House for a 7 p.m. dual on Friday, Nov. 30. The match will be streamed live on Panther All-Access with Pete Blais and Greg Warnock serving as the broadcast team.
The Panthers are coming off a, 26-13, loss at No. 5 Ohio State on Nov. 18. In the match, Pitt won four of the final five bouts but it wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit. On the day, the Panthers picked up decisions from Tyler Wilps (165), Max Thomusseit (184) and Zac Thomusseit (285) and a major decision from Matt Wilps (197).
The Hokies, who are coming off a 25-6 home victory over in-state rival Virginia, enter the dual with a 3-1 record with the lone loss coming against Ohio State. Virginia Tech's roster features five wrestlers who are ranked in the latest Amateur Werstling News poll. VT is coached by Kevin Dresser who is in his seventh season with the program.
Pitt, which also has a wrestler ranked at five weight classes by AWN, has a 9-0 all-time record against the Hokies with the last meeting coming in 2004, a 26-11 Panther win in Blacksburg.
No. 18 Pitt
133 - No. 7 Shelton Mack
149 - Donnie Tasser
157 - Troy Reaghard
165 - No. 11 Tyler Wilps
174 - Nick Bonaccorsi or P.J. Tasser
184 - No. 14 Max Thomusseit
197 - No. 2 Matt Wilps
285 - No. 9 Zac Thomusseit
No. 11 Virginia Tech
125 - No. 7 Jarrod Garnett
133 - Erik Spjut
141 - No. 10 Zach Neibert
149 - No. 10 Nick Brascetta
157 - No. 8 Jesse Dong
165 - No. 4 Pete Yates
174 - Austin Gabel
184 - Nick Vetterlein
197 - Derrick Borlie
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