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No. 13 Pitt Wrestling Opens EWL Slate with CSU and Clarion




Dec. 19, 2012

PITTSBURGH -The 13th-ranked Pitt wrestling team will open its 2012-13 EWL slate this week when it hosts Cleveland State on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Fitzgerald Field House in a 7 p.m. contest and then travels to Clarion for 7 p.m. dual at Tippin Gym.

The Panthers, who earned a 23-12 victory over No. 17 Maryland last time out, have won their past 18 EWL dual matches en route to capturing three-consecutive EWL dual season championships.

Cleveland State, which is 14-20-1 all-time against Pitt, enters the dual with a 1-1 record on the season with a victory over John Carroll and a loss to Eastern Michigan. For the year, the Vikings have been led by freshman heavyweight Riley Shaw who has a team-best 16 wins on the season. CSU is coached by Ben Stehura who is in his fifth season with the program.

Clarion is coming off losses to a pair of ranked opponents in Northwestern and Edinboro and holds a 1-3 (0-1 EWL) record on the year. The Golden Eagles, who are 28-20-3 all-time vs. the Panthers, are led by third-ranked 157-pounder James Fleming who enters the dual with a record of 16-1. CU is coached by Troy Letters in his first season with the program.

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Probable Starters
No. 13 Pitt

125 - Godwin Nyama or Derrick Nelson
133 - No. 11 Shelton Mack
141 - Travis Shaffer 
149 - Ronnie Garbinsky  
157 - Troy Reaghard or Donnie Tasser 
165 - No. 10 Tyler Wilps
174 - Nick Bonaccorsi
184 - P.J. Tasser 
197 - No. 2 Matt Wilps
285 - No. 7 Zac Thomusseit

Cleveland State
125 - Ben Willeford
133 - Mike Carlone
141 - Nick Flannery
149 - Mike Mencini
157 - Matt Donohoe
165 - Corey Carlo
174 - Xavier Dye
184 - Bobby Blankenship
197 - Nick Anthony
285 - Riley Shaw

Clarion
125 - Tyler Fraley
133 - Joe Waltko
141 - Sam Sherlock or John Matacic
149 - Tyler Bedelyon
157 - No. 3 James Fleming
165 - Nick Milano
174 - Ryan Darch
184 - Steven Cressley
197 - Justin Ortega
285 - Phil Catrucco

Results from Last Season's Matches
Pitt 39, Cleveland State 3 (12/11/2011)

125 - No. 17 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) maj. dec. Ben Willeford (CSU), 9-1
133 - No. 18 Shelton Mack (Pitt) maj. dec. Nick Flannery (CSU), 16-5
141 - Travis Shaffer (Pitt) maj. dec. Josh Palivoda (CSU) 10-0
157 - No. 32 Donnie Tasser (Pitt) maj. dec. Tanner Lemon (CSU), 14-0
165 - No. 33 Tyler Wilps (Pitt) dec. Corey Carlo (CSU), 12-5
184 - No. 28 Max Thomusseit (Pitt) maj. dec. Corbin Boone (CSU), 19-8
197 - No. 5 Matt Wilps (Pitt) maj. dec. Nick Anthony (CSU), 14-5
285 - Chris Weber (CSU) dec. Joel Yahner (Pitt), 3-1

Pitt 28, Clarion 10 (1/20/2012)
125 - No. 14 Anthony Zanetta (P) maj. dec. Trey Hicks (C), 12-1
133 - No. 20 Shelton Mack (P) dec. Joe Waltko (C), 6-1
141 - Travis Shaffer (P) tech. fall Tyler Bedelyon (C), 15-0
157 - No. 5 James Fleming (C) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 9-2
165 - No. 5 Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (C) maj. dec. No. 32 Tyler Wilps (P), 13-3
174 - P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Nick Milano (C), 7-1
197 - No. 4 Matt Wilps (P) maj. dec. No. 30 Alex Thomas (C), 11-2
285 - No. 24 Quintas McCorkle (C) dec. Joel Yahner (P), 8-2

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