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Pitt Wrestling Downs Bloomsburg, 22-8

PITTSBURGH– The No. 23-ranked Pitt wrestling team improved to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in EWL competition after defeating Bloomsburg, 22-8, Sunday at Fitzgerald Field House.

Redshirt senior Ryan Tomei earned his 100th career victory, and the Panthers won seven of the 10 bouts to remain unbeaten in the EWL conference.

The Panthers jumped out to a 14 point lead after four matches with wins by sophomore Anthony Zanetta (125), freshman Shelton Mack (133), redshirt junior Tyler Nauman (141) and redshirt freshman Dane Johnson (149).

Zanetta put the Panthers on the board first with a 6-4 sudden victory decision. In the 1-minute sudden victory period, Zanetta picked up a takedown to win the match. Following the bout, the Bloomsburg team was given a 1-point team penalty for a technical violation.

Mack put the Panthers up by seven with a solid performance at 133. Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, Mack took the next five points with a takedown and a three-point near-fall.

“Shelton came up big for us today and a quality win like that will continue to build his confidence,” Pitt Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer said following the match. “He really helped us keep the momentum of the match in our favor.”

Nauman followed with a major decision at 141, scoring four takedowns and five back points, while Johnson used three takedowns of his own en route to an 8-2 victory at 149.

After Bloomsburg earned the victory at 157, redshirt junior Ethan Headlee (165) notched a team-leading 22nd win with a 4-1 decision. Headlee needed only one takedown and was able to control most of the final period to add an additional point with riding time (1:19).

In the closest matchup of the day, freshman Max Thomusseit (184) rallied to earn a 3-1 sudden victory over Bloomsburg’s Nate Graham. Picking up an escape to even the match at 1-1 in the third, Thomusseit scored a takedown just 18 seconds into the sudden victory period. The win put the Panthers up 19-5, clinching the dual.

In the final bout of the day, Tomei put the fans on their feet with his 100th career victory. The 6-1 decision improved Tomei to 100-32 all-time as the Irwin, Pa. native became only the 18th Panther to reach the 100 win plateau.

Following the match, Pitt coaches held an autograph session and provided a free clinic for junior wrestlers in attendance.

The University of Pittsburgh will hold its annual “Fill the Fitz” promotion when the Panthers return to action on Friday, Feb. 4 for a 7 p.m. showdown against rival West Virginia at Fitzgerald Field House. Both teams enter the contest with a 2-0 EWL record.

Final: Pitt 22, Bloomsburg, 8

125: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Sean Boylan (B), 6-4 SV2 3-(-1) Pitt *

133: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Nick Wilcox, 6-4 6-(-1) Pitt

141: No. 7 Tyler Nauman (P) maj. dec. Derek Shingara (B), 16-4 10-(-1) Pitt

149: Dane Johnson (P) dec. Matt Hicks (B), 8-2 13-(-1) Pitt

157: Frank Hickman (B) dec. Donnie Tasser (P), 7-6 13-2 Pitt

165: Ethan Headlee (P) dec. Josh Veltre (B), 4-1 16-2 Pitt

174: Mike Dessinio (B) dec. Andy Vaughan (P), 5-2 16-5 Pitt

184: Max Thomusseit (P) dec. Nate Graham (B), 3-1 SV 19-5 Pitt

197: Richard Perry (B) dec. Phil Sorrentino (P), 7-4 19-8 Pitt

HWT: No. 7 Ryan Tomei (P) dec. Zac Walsh (B), 6-1 22-8 Pitt

*Bloomsburg was assessed a one point team penalty for a technical violation.

Courtesy of Jon Brennan, University of Pittsburgh Athletics

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