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Pitt Starts Off Season With Two Wins

new-panther-headPITTSBURGH – The Pitt wrestling team picked up two wins in their first dual matches of the season with a 28-14 win over host school Drexel, and a 35-6 win over Sacred Heart.

Junior Ryan Tomei (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) led the team with two wins on two falls on the day in the heavyweight class. Tomei defeated Paul Schweighardt of Sacred Heart by a fall (3:56) and followed that up with a fall (4:22) against Kyle Frey of Drexel. Tomei is now 7-0 on the year with three pins and five total bonus-point wins.

At 149, redshirt senior Eric Albright (York, Pa./Red Lion Area/Virginia) also picked up two wins on the day with a 21-6 major decision over Zach Moran of Sacred Heart, and a 7-4 win over Brent McCurdy of Drexel.

Redshirt senior David Sullivan (Dingmans Ferry, Pa./East Stroudsburg) claimed a 7-0 decision over Michael Hartman of Sacred Heart and defeated Dave Woodall of Drexel, 8-4 at 174.

Zac Thomusseit, a sophomore at 184, captured a 2-0 record on the day. Thomusseit (St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham) picked up a win against Sacred Heart by forfeit, then went on to defeat Justin Wieller of Drexel, 14-2.

At 197, Matt Wilps (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) continued an impressive start to the season, as he defeated Brandon Lapp of Sacred Heart by a fall (3:46) and knocked off Jack Callender of Drexel, 7-3.

Others earning a win on the day for the Panthers were Chris Kochinsky (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) at 125, with a 9-5 decision over Josh Yurasits of Drexel. In the 133 weight class, sophomore Zach Grove (York, Pa./Central York) defeated Justin Belanger of Sacred Heart, 11-7. At 141, redshirt sophomore Tyler Nauman (Middletown, Pa./Middletown) defeated Cory Dunn of Sacred Heart, 9-2 and at 157, redshirt senior Mark Powell (Washington, Pa./Trinity/Purdue) took a 4-3 decision from Anthony Priore of Sacred Heart.

The Panthers return to action Sunday with a 2 p.m. meeting at No. 17 Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks are led by Pitt’s former four-time All-American Pat Santoro, who was coached by Panther head coach Rande Stottlemyer.

Pittsburgh 28, Drexel 14

125: Chris Kochinsky (P) dec. Josh Yurasits (D), 9-5

133: Steve Mytych (D) FALL Zach Grove (P), 2:15

141: Shane Fenningham (D) FALL Tyler Nauman (P), 4:19

149: Eric Albright (P), dec. Brent McCurdy (D), 7-4

157: Joe Booth (D) maj. Kyle Patton (P), 15-0

165: Alex Rinaldi (D) dec. Karl Deciantis (P), 6-2

174: Dave Sullivan (P) dec. Dave Woodall (D), 8-4

184: Zac Thomusseit (P) maj. Justin Wieller (D), 14-2

197: Matt Wilps (P) dec. Jack Callender (D), 7-3

285: Ryan Tomei (P) FALL Kyle Frey (D), 4:22

Pittsburgh 35, Sacred Heart 6

125: Pat Feeley (SH) dec. Chris Kochinsky (P), 4-3

133: Zach Grove (P) dec. Justin Belanger (SH), 11-7

141: Tyler Nauman (P) dec. Cory Dunn (SH), 9-2

149: Eric Albright (P) maj. Zach Moran (SH), 21-6

157: Mark Powell (P) dec. Anthony Priore (SH), 4-3

165: Jonathan Rizzitello (SH) dec. Karl Deciantis (P), 9-5

174: Dave Sullivan (P) dec. Michael Hartman (SH), 7-0

184: Zac Thomusseit (P) unopposed/Foreit

197: Matthew Wilps (P) FALL Brandon Lapp (SH), 3:46

285: Ryan Tomei (P) FALL Paul Schweighardt (SH), 3:56

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