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Pitt Wrestling Hosts Ohio State in Battle of Top-10 Teams




Dec. 8, 2011

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No. 6 OHIO STATE at No. 9 PITTSBURGH

Friday, December 9, 2011 • 7 p.m. ET

Fitzgerald Field House (6,798) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television:  Watch the broadcast live on PittsburghPanthers.com. The match will also air on Pitt Panthers Television (Channel 188 or 210 in Pittsburgh area) on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. Jacob Wise and Shawn Amistade will provide the play-by-play and color commentary.

Live Blog/Chat: www.pittsburghpanthers.com.

Coaches: Pitt: Rande Stottlemyer, 33rd season (283-222); Ohio State: Tom Ryan, 6th year at Ohio State (67-28), 17th year overall (176-109-1).

Series: Pitt and Ohio State meet for the 21st time in series history. The Buckeyes come from one of the toughest conferences in the nation, the Big Ten. The Panthers are 55-89-3 all-time vs.. Big Ten teams.

MATCH PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH--No. 9 ranked and two-time defending Eastern Wrestling League champion Pitt (3-0) hosts No. 6 Ohio State (4-0) on Friday, Dec. 9 at the Fitzgerald Field House. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The contest will be televised on Pitt Panthers Television with Jacob Wise and Shawn Amistade handling play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively.

Pitt will wrestle the sixth-ranked team in the nation for the third time in four matches as the Panthers opened the season with a win over then-No. 6 Lehigh, and beat then-No. 6 Michigan a week later.

Pitt is on an eight-match win streak dating back to last season and is a perfect 3-0 this year. Ohio State is also undefeated this season with a 4-0 record and is fresh off a first-place finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, where the Panthers finished eighth. There were no matchups between Pitt and Ohio State at the event.

The Panthers edged the Buckeyes, 18-17 in last season's match. The only probable rematch is at 174, where No. 18 Ethan Headlee (Pitt) is expected to take on No. 5 Nick Heflin. Headlee won last year with a fall in the second period.

Both teams have nine of their 10 starting wrestlers in the WrestlingReport.com national rankings. Pitt has one top-10 wrestler in No. 5 Matt Wilps, while Ohio State has three.

Probable Matchups

125 - No. 15 Johnni Dijulius (Ohio State) vs. No. 17 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt)

133 - No. 3 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) vs. No. 18 Shelton Mack (Pitt)

141 - No. 6 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) vs. Travis Shaffer (Pitt)

149 - No. 15 Cam Tessari (Ohio State) vs. No. 12 Tyler Nauman (Pitt)

157 - No. 22 Josh Demas (Ohio State) vs. No. 32 Donnie Tasser (Pitt)

165 - Derek Garcia (Ohio State) vs. No. 33 Tyler Wilps (Pitt)

174 - No. 5 Nick Heflin (Ohio State) vs. No. 18 Ethan Headlee (Pitt)

184 - No. 13 C.J. Magrum (Ohio State) vs. No. 28 Max Thomusseit (Pitt)

197 - No. 23 Andrew Campolattano (Ohio State) vs. No. 5 Matt Wilps (Pitt)

HWT - No. 11 Peter Capone (Ohio State) vs. No. 17 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt) OR Joel Yahner