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Pitt Outlasts Edinboro, 19-16, Claims Back-to-Back EWL Titles

Edinboro, Pa. – The No. 22-ranked Pitt wrestling team claimed its second consecutive EWL dual season title, defeating Edinboro, 19-16, Saturday at McComb Fieldhouse.

Both teams claimed five bouts each, but the Panthers added four bonus points to the Fighting Scots one.

The win marks the 12th consecutive conference match victory for the Panthers, who have now finished the past two seasons with a perfect 6-0 record in the EWL.

“I’m really proud of our guys for the effort they’ve put in all season,” Pitt Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer said following the match. “These guys took things one match at a time and worked hard to get to where we are now.”

Sophomore Anthony Zanetta (125) got the Panthers off to a 6-0 start with his first pin of the season just 3:18 into the match. Zanetta led 8-3 at the time of the fall.

Edinboro cut the deficit to three with a tightly contested 5-3 decision.

In the third bout of the night, redshirt junior Tyler Nauman (141) put the Panthers back up six points with a 1-0 decision. Nauman earned an escape in the second period to record the only point of the match.

The Fighting Scots took the 149 match with a final second takedown to score a decision, pulling the match back to within three points.

In a thrilling matchup at 157-pounds, redshirt sophomore Donnie Tasser scored two takedowns in the final period, including the eventual winner with less than 15 seconds remaining. Tasser took the decision, 7-5.

Redshirt junior Ethan Headlee (165) used 4:22 of riding time en route to a 10-1 major decision. The Waynesburg native used two takedowns while adding two back points to increase the Pitt lead to 10 points.

Edinboro rebounded to take the next three bouts and even the score. The lone bonus point came in the 184 match, with the Fighting Scots’ Chris Honeycutt picking up the major decision. Honeycutt is currently ranked first in the nation at 184.

In his final dual match as a Panther, redshirt senior Ryan Tomei closed out the match in dramatic fashion with a team clinching 3-0 decision.

With the dual season complete, the Panthers will now prepare for the EWL Championships on Mar. 6 in Bloomsburg, Pa.

125: Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) FALL (3:18) Bijan Banks (Edinboro) 6-0 Pitt

133: Eric Morill (Edinboro) dec. Shelton Mack (Pitt), 5-3 6-3 Pitt

141: No. 8 Tyler Nauman (Pitt) dec. Kasey Davis (Edinboro), 1-0 9-3 Pitt

149: No. 18 Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro) dec. Dane Johnson (Pitt), 8-7 9-6 Pitt

157: Donnie Tasser (Pitt) dec. Johnny Greisheimer (Edinboro), 7-5 12-6 Pitt

165: Ethan Headlee (Pitt) maj. dec. Ethan Saylor (Edinboro), 10-1 16-6 Pitt

174: Chris Hrunka (Edinboro) Adam Counterman (Pitt), 4-1 16-9 Pitt

184: No. 1 Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) No. 18 Max Thomusseit (Pitt), 11-2 16-13 Pitt

197: Shawn Fendone (Edinboro) dec. Phil Sorrentino (Pitt), 1-0 16-16 tie

285: No. 7 Ryan Tomei (Pitt) dec. Ernest James (Edinboro), 3-0 19-6 Pitt

Courtesy of Jon Brennan, University of Pittsburgh Athletics, Media Relations Assistant

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