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Dec. 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH – Coming off a thrilling 18-16 victory over No. 11 Virginia Tech, the 16th-ranked Pitt wrestling team will return to Fitzgerald Field House to host its fourth ranked opponent in as many contests when it faces No. 17 Maryland on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

The match between the Panthers and Terrapins will air live on Pitt Panthers TV with Pete Blais and former Panther letterwinner Shawn Amistade serving as the broadcast team.  

The last time out, the Panthers earned a dramatic, 18-16, victory against No. 11 Virginia Tech. In the third overtime, with his squad trailing in the team score by a 16-12 mark, redshirt senior heavyweight Zac Thomusseit pinned David Marone to give the Panthers six team points and their first victory of the season. Shelton Mack, Nick Bonaccorsi, Max Thomusseit and Matt Wilps also picked up decisions for Pitt on the evening.

Maryland, which is coming off a 2-1 trip to Northeast Duals, enters the dual with a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming against No. 6 Illinois. The Terps’ roster features five wrestlers who are ranked in the latest Amateur Wrestling News poll. UM is coached by Kerry McCoy who is in his fifth season with the program. 

Pitt, which also has a wrestler ranked at five weight classes by AWN, has 17-6 mark all-time against the Terrapins with the last meeting coming in 1984, a 32-9 UM victory.   

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Probable Starters

No. 16 Pitt

125 - Godwin Nyama or Derrick Nelson

133 – No. 7 Shelton Mack

141 - Travis Shaffer or Ty Lydic

149 - Donnie Tasser

157 - Troy Reaghard or Eric Nutter

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 or Mike Gregory   

No. 17 Maryland

125 – No. 12 Shane Gentry or Paul O’Neill

133 – No. 13 Geoff Alexander

141 – Danny O’Malley

149 – Lou Mascola

157 – Danny Orem or TJ Guidice

165 – Josh Snook

174 – No. 5 Josh Asper or Aaron Norris

184 – No. 9 Jimmy Sheptock

197 – No. 13 Christian Boley or Ty Snook

285 – Carl Buchholz


No. 16 Pitt Wrestling Hosts No. 17 Maryland

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