Pitt cruises past Cleveland State

PITTSBURGH -- The No. 13 Pitt wrestling team (3-2, 1-0 EWL) earned bonus points in seven of its eight individual wins to drop Cleveland State, 38-6, this evening at Fitzgerald Field House.

After the Vikings (1-2, 0-1 EWL) captured the opening match at 125 pounds, Pitt was able to take the lead on a major decision victory by 11th-ranked Shelton Mack at 133 pounds. After taking a 7-3 lead into the final period, Mack started down and earned a quick escape and takedown. Mack then cut CSU's Mike Carlone lose and earned a takedown on a double to secure the 12-4 victory and the major.

CSU regained the lead with a win at 141 pounds but Ronnie Garbinsky gave the Panthers a lead that they wouldn't relinquish when he majored Mike Mencini, 13-5, at 149 pounds. Garbinsky, making his dual debut for Pitt, jumped on Mencini from the get go earning a pair of takedowns in the first period. In the second, the redshirt freshman started down and quickly earned an escape and takedown to extend his lead to 7-1 entering the final period. In the third, Garbinsky was able to overcome a late takedown by Mencini and earn the major thanks to the bonus point for 3:49 of riding time.

After Troy Reaghard kept the Panther momentum going with a 10-3 decision over Matt Donohoe at 157 pounds, No. 10 Tyler Wilps continued his impressive season when he defeated Corey Carlo by a 14-4 major decision.

Nick Bonaccorsi earned his second-consecutive victory by fall when he pinned Xavier Dye at 4:06 of his 174 pound match. Bonaccorsi controlled the match throughout earning two takedowns, and three three-point nearfalls en route to his victory.

Making his season debut at 184 pounds, P.J. Tasser earned Pitt's second fall of the night at 3:12 against Bobby Blankenship. After a finishing the first with a 4-1 lead, Tasser started down in the second and earned a quick escape, followed by a takedown and a stick a mere 12 seconds into the frame to push the Panther lead to 27-6.

Second-ranked 197-pounder Matt Wilps and seventh-ranked heavyweight Zac Thomusseit both earned convincing victories to remain undefeated on the season. Wilps used a takedown, a reversal, three two-point nearfalls and a pair of three-point nearfalls to collect a 16-0 technical fall over Nick Anthony at 4:35, while Thomusseit pinned Riley Shaw at 2:35 to wrap up the 38-6 win.

The Panthers return to action tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 21, when they travel to EWL rival Clarion for a 7 p.m. dual at Tippin Gym.

125: Ben Willeford (C) dec. Godwin Nyama (P), 8-5; CSU leads, 3-0
133: No. 11 Shelton Mack (P) maj. dec. Mike Marlone (C), 12-4; Pitt leads, 4-3
141: Nick Flannery (C) dec. Corey Bush (P), 6-1; CSU leads, 6-4
149: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) maj. dec. Mike Mencini (C), 13-5; Pitt leads, 8-6
157: Troy Reaghard (P) dec. Matt Donohoe (C), 10-3; Pitt leads, 11-6
165: No. 10 Tyler Wilps (P) maj. dec. Corey Carlo (C), 14-4; Pitt leads, 15-6
174: Nick Bonaccorsi (P) pins Xavier Dye (C), 4:06; Pitt leads, 21-6
184: P.J. Tasser (P) pins Bobby Blankenship (C), 3:12; Pitt leads, 27-6
197: No. 2 Matt Wilps (P) tech falls Nick Anthony (C), 16-0 (4:35); Pitt leads, 32-6
285: No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (P) pins Riley Shaw (C), 2:35; Pitt wins, 38-6


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