Dec. 3, 2012
PSU Open Bracket
PITTSBURGH - Anthony Zanetta captured his fourth open title of the season while Geno Morelli and P.J. Tasser also placed to pace the University of Pittsburgh squad at the Penn State Open.
Zanetta started his run to the 125-pound crown in dominant fashion with a 17-0 tech fall, a 15-2 major and an 8-1 decision to reach the semis. In the semis, Zanetta matched up with Brian Bokoski of North Carolina and was able to get the Tar Heel on his back for a fall at 2:43 to set up a match with second-ranked Nico Megaludis of Penn State in the finals. Zanetta was able to control the pace in the finals and earned a 3-2 victory by decision. Zanetta, who stays undefeated on the season, has outscored his opponents by an impressive 168-34 margin with a fall.
Morelli earned his first spot on a podium with an eighth place finish at 165-pounds. After starting his tournament with a 4-0 decision, Morelli dropped a hard fought 7-5 decision against 10th-ranked Mark Lewandowski of Buffalo to send him to the consolation bracket. In the consols, Morelli ran off four consecutive wins before dropping his final two matches to finish his tournament with a 5-3 mark.
Tasser won his first two matches before dropping a narrow 3-1 decision in overtime to Turtogtokh Luvsandorj of the Citadel sending him into the wrestlebacks. Tasser earned a 7-5 decision and a 15-6 major to reach the finals of the consolation bracket where he fell to Mike Dessino of Bloomsburg to finish in sixth place at 174-pounds.
The Panthers return to the mats on Friday, Dec. 7, when they host No. 16 Maryland at Fitzgerald Field House.
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Pitt Weekend Open Tournament Results
Penn State Open
Dec. 2, 2012, at PSU
Wt. Wrestler Rec. Place
125 Zanetta 5-0 1st
125 Nyama 2-2 DNP
133 Bush 0-1 DNP
141 Stephen 0-1 DNP
141 Keller 2-2 DNP
149 Lydic 0-1 DNP
149 Pietropaolo 0-1 DNP
157 Nutter 2-2 DNP
165 Morelli 5-3 8th
174 Tasser 4-2 6th
197 Shulman 0-1 DNP