By Matthew Haas
Pittsburgh Sports Information
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (1-0) defeated Lock Haven (2-1), 27-14, this evening in its season opener at Fitzgerald Field House.
Four Panthers – Anthony Zanetta (125), Mikey Racciato (149), Tyler Wilps (165) and Nick Bonaccorsi (197) – registered bonus point victories in the match. Shelton Mack and P.J. Tasser also picked up wins for Pitt.
Zanetta, returning to the Fitzgerald Field House mats off a redshirt season in 2012-13, dazzled in his 2013-14 debut with a 21-5 (5:50) technical fall over Kaleb LeMarie.
Mack followed with a 10-4 decision over Matt Bryer to give Pitt an early 8-4 lead. Mack started the match with a quick takedown on a double less than 10 seconds in to set the tone. From there, Mack used three more takedowns and an escape to secure the win.
After Lock Haven got on the board with a major at 141 pounds, Racciato got the Panther crowd to its feet when he locked in a spladle and pinned Mac Maldarelli at the 1:45 mark to push Pitt’s lead to 14-4.
LHU fought back with wins at 157 and 165 before Wilps eared a pin of his own when he stuck Travis Moyer near the edge of the mat at the 4:39 mark to give the Panthers a 20-10 lead.
Following an Eagles’ major at 184, Pitt closed out the match with a major from Bonaccorsi and a decision from Tasser to secure the 27-14 win.
The Panthers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to face in-state foe Lehigh.
Pitt 27, Lock Haven 14
125: No. 8 Anthony Zanetta (P) tech fall Kaleb LeMaire (L), 21-5 (5:50); Pitt leads, 5-0
133: No. 19 Shelton Mack (P) dec. Matt Bryer (L), 10-4; Pitt leads, 8-0
141: No. 18 Dan Neff (L) m. dec. Jake Keller (P), 12-3; Pitt leads, 8-4
149: Mikey Racciato (P) pins Mac Maldarelli (L), 1:45; Pitt leads, 14-4
157: Billy Randt (L) dec. Cole Sheptock (P), 2-1; Pitt leads, 14-7
165: Jake Kemerer (L) dec. Geno Morelli (P), 7-4; Pitt leads, 14-10
174: No. 9 Tyler Wilps (P) pins Travis Moyer (L), 4:39; Pitt leads, 20-10
184: No. 16 Fred Garcia m. dec. Aaron Rothwell (P), 16-3; Pitt leads, 20-14
197: No. 17 Nick Bonaccorsi (P) m. dec. Phil Sprenkle (L), 8-0; Pitt leads, 24-14
285: P.J. Tasser (P) dec. Brad Emerick (L), 6-3; Pitt wins, 27-14