The Panthers finished the dual meet season with a 13-6 overall record and an unblemished 6-0 mark in the conference.
â€œItâ€™s a great accomplishment for our entire team to earn the award,â€ Pitt Head Coach Rande Stottlemyer said Monday. â€œWhen you think about winning a dual title, itâ€™s all about competing as a team and carrying each other when someone might not have their best day. Thatâ€™s what our team was about all season long.â€
Pitt defeated Edinboro, 19-16, in the teamâ€™s final dual match of the season on Saturday. Redshirt senior Ryan Tomei earned 3-0 decision in the final bout to clinch the match and the dual title for the Panthers.
â€œI like being the heavyweight guy and going out last because a lot of times, it comes down to my performance,â€ Tomei said. â€œItâ€™s a pressure situation but great athletes prove what theyâ€™re made of in the clutch.â€
Not only was Tomei clutch, he was dominant. In his six dual matches against EWL opponents, the Irwin, Pa. native was a perfect 6-0 and accumulated 30 team points including four wins by fall. For his efforts, Tomei will receive the â€œMost Points Team Awardâ€ trophy at the conference championship in Bloomsburg on March 6.
While the dual meet team was in Edinboro on Saturday, several Pitt teammates were busy competing at the National Collegiate Open held at Clarion University.
Junior Matt Wilps, who is redshirting the season, continued his outstanding season by claiming the 197 title. Wilps went 3-0 on the day, pinning his opponent at the 2:26 mark in the final. After already earning titles at Penn State and Midlands, Wilpsâ€™ season record now stands at 18-1.
At 165-pounds, freshman Tyler Wilps (Mattâ€™s younger brother) finished runner up with a 3-1 record. Wilps, like his brother, is also redshirting the season. He earned his first pin of the season in the semifinals.
Redshirt freshman P.J. Tasser also placed at the tournament with a fourth-place showing at 174. Tasser won five of seven matches throughout the competition.
The Panthers have two weeks off from competition before traveling to Bloomsburg to compete in the EWL Championships on Mar. 6.
Courtesy of Jon Brennan, University of Pittsburgh Athletics, Media Relations Assistant