PITTSBURGH â€“ Pitt junior wrestler Ryan Tomei has been named the Eastern Wrestling Leagueâ€™s Wrestler of the Week following his dominating performance at the Buffalo Open on Sunday.
Tomei (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) breezed through five matches en route to the heavyweight title. He opened the tournament with a first-period fall and followed it up with two straight major decisions to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, Tomei claimed an 8-2 win over Jason Weber of Buffalo and a 9-2 finals win over Patrick Gilmore of Maryland for the title.
The junior redshirted last season and has returned as possibly the biggest surprise heavyweight in the country. The Wrestler of the Week honor is Tomeiâ€™s first of his career.
Pitt got off to a strong start on the weekend with 14 wrestlers placing in the Buffalo Open, including three who won their weight class â€“ Dane Johnson at 141, Matt Wilps at 197 and Tomei at 285.
The Panthers will host their annual Blue and Gold intersquad match Thursday at 6 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.
Courtesy of Pitt Sports Information…