Dec. 5, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The No. 11 ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team travels east for duals with Maryland and No. 1 Penn State.
The dual with the Terrapins will mark the first ACC dual for the Panthers while the PSU dual will take place in-front of a sold out crowd of over 15,000 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Pitt is coming off a free weekend with only a few grapplers wrestling in open competitions. The Panthers have five wrestlers - Anthony Zanetta (125), Shelton Mack (133), Tyler Wilps (174), Max Thomusseit (184) and P.J. Tasser (285) - in the latest Amateur Wrestling News individual poll.
Maryland is coming off a 1-1 showing at the Grapple at the Garden. The Terps bested Rutgers 19-18 in their first match before dropping a 31-9 contest to No. 6 Cornell.
The Terrapins' roster features four wrestlers - Shyheim Brown (141), Jimmy Sheptock (184), Christian Boley (197) and Spencer Myers (285) - ranked in the latest AWN individual rankings.
Penn State, the three-time defending national champions are 3-0 on the dual season with wins over Rider, Lehigh and Lock Haven.
The Nittany Lions have eight wrestlers ranked in the latest AWN poll. PSU would have their entire 10 man rotation ranked but multiple wrestlers are out due to injuries or suspensions.
Leading the way are three wrestlers who are ranked in the top five of their respective weight classes in Nico Megaludis (125), David Taylor (165) and Matt Brown (174).
The Panthers have a 18-6 lead in the all-time series with the Terrapins including a 23-12 win last season at Fitzgerald Field House. Pitt trails the all-time series with PSU 12-53-3, including a 31-7 home loss last season.
No. 11 Pitt (2-0)
125 - No. 10 Anthony Zanetta
149 - Mikey Racciato
165 - Geno Morelli
174 - No. 8 Tyler Wilps
197 - Nick Bonaccorsi
285 - No. 20 P.J. Tasser or Mike Gregory
125 - Paul O'Neill or Billy Rappo
133 - Tyler Goodwin
141 - No. 8 Shyheim Brown
149 - Frank Goodwin or Derrick Evanovich
157 - Ben Dorsay or Danny Orem
165 - Josh Snook or Anthony Volpe or Tyler Manion
174 - Tony Gardner
184 - No. 2 Jimmy Sheptock or Chris Jastrzebski
197 - No. 13 Christian Boley
285 - No. 6 Spencer Myers
No. 1 Penn State (3-0)
125 - No. 3 Nico Megaludis
133 - No. 11 Jimmy Gulibon or Jordan Conaway
141 - No. 11 Zain Retherford
149 - James English or Zack Beitz
157 - James Vollrath
165 - No. 1 David Taylor
174 - No. 3 Matt Brown
184 - Wes Phipps
197 - No. 4 Morgan McIntosh
285 - No. 10 Jimmy Lawson or Jon Gingrich