Morgantown, W. Va. -- The No. 7 University of Pittsburgh wrestling team (11-1) used pins from Geno Morelli, Max Thomusseit and Nick Bonaccorsi to cruise past rival West Virginia (9-4), 33-6, this evening at the WVU Coliseum.
Anthony Zanetta and Shelton Mack started the match off strong for the Panthers with a pair of decisions at 125 and 133 pounds to get the early 6-0 lead.
WVU responded by winning the next two bouts to even the match but Pitt regained momentum on a decision from Ronnie Garbinsky at 157 pounds. Garbinsky jumped on Brutus Scheffel early with a double leg and turned it into a near fall for a quick 4-0 lead and never looked cruising to a 10-3 decision.
The Panthers started to take over at 165 pounds when Morelli planted Ross Renzi for a pin at 1:41 to extend the Pitt lead to 15-6.
Tyler Wilps followed up the Morelli pin with a convincing 8-2 decision over Bubba Scheffel. Wilps registered a takedown in each period, an escape and a bonus point for riding time for the win.
Thomusseit and Bonaccorsi followed the Wilps victory with falls at 184 and 197, respectively, to put the match out of reach. Thomusseit locked Mac Mancuso in a cradle at the 5:30 and Bonaccorsi stuck Leo Trindade at 4:51 to give the Panthers a 30-6 lead.
P.J. Tasser allowed Pitt to end the dual on a six match winning streak when he scored a takedown off a scramble with nine seconds left in his match with A.J. Vizcarrondo for a 6-4 decision.
The Panthers return to action on Friday, Feb. 7, when they host ACC foe Virginia Tech (15-2, 4-1 ACC) in a 7 p.m. dual at Fitzgerald Field House.
125: Anthony Zanetta (P) dec. Cory Stainbrook (W), 3-0; Pitt leads, 3-0
133: Shelton Mack (P) dec. Nathan Pennesi (W), 7-2; Pitt leads, 6-0
141: Colin Johnston (W) dec. No. 16 Edgar Bright (P), 4-3; Pitt leads, 6-3
149: Mike Morales (W) dec. Mikey Racciato (P), 11-9 (OT); Match tied, 6-6
157: Ronnie Garbinsky (P) dec. Brutus Scheffel (W), 10-3; Pitt leads, 9-6
165: Geno Morelli (P) pins Ross Renzi (W), 1:41; Pitt leads, 15-6
174: No. 7 Tyler Wilps (P) dec. Bubba Scheffel (W), 8-2; Pitt leads, 18-6
184: No. 6 Max Thomusseit (P) pins Mac Mancuso (W), 5:30; Pitt leads, 24-6
197: No. 18 Nick Bonaccorsi (P) pins Leo Trindade (W), 4:51; Pitt leads, 30-6
285: No. 20 P.J. Tasser (P) dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo (W), 6-4; Pitt wins, 33-6