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Pitt defeats WVU

PITTSBURGH -- The 23rd-ranked Pitt wrestling team defeated West Virginia, 23-15, Sunday afternoon in the Fitzgerald Field House. In the 62nd meeting between the two teams, six Panthers recorded wins on the day.

LJ Bentley
With the win, Pitt improves to 4-2 on the season while the Mountaineers move to 0-4.

"We had a few guys out of the lineup and had the opportunity to get some others in and I think they did a good job," head coach Jason Peters said. "I thought there were a few matches we could've won, but didn't. Overall I thought it was a good win for being in a compromised position."

Sophomore LJ Bentley got things started at 125 by picking up his first dual win of the season over Pittsburgh product Devin Brown. Bentley recorded five takedowns en route to the 12-3 major decision.

West Virginia posted wins at 133 and 141 pounds, taking a 6-4 advantage in the dual.

At 149 pounds, senior Mikey Racciato got things going again in favor of Pitt after defeating Christian Monserrat in an 11-8 decision. Racciato jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the first period. He would escape twice and take down Monserrat to secure the win.

Competing in just the second dual of his career, redshirt freshman Taleb Rahmani pinned Dayton Garrett in 55 seconds extending Pitt's team lead to 13-6. Rahmani has now pinned a team-high five opponents this season.

At 165 pounds, sophomore TeShan Campbell, ranked No. 11 in the country, defeated Ryan Lopez in a 4-1 decision. Campbell took down Lopez early on in the first, picked up a point in the second thanks to back-to-back stall warnings against Lopez and picked up one more point with riding time at the end.

Freshman Austin Bell kept things going at 174 pounds as he shutout Ty Millward, 9-0, recording his first career dual win. After a scoreless first period, the Pittsburgh product recorded four points in the second and five points in the final frame to lock up the win.

Entering the final bout of the day, Pitt led the dual 20-15. Senior John Rizzo outlasted Brandon Ngati in the first tiebreaker to secure the Panthers' win.

Pitt resumes action Dec. 29-30, as the team heads to the Midlands Championships hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

Results:
125: LJ Bentley (UP) maj. dec. Devin Brown (WVU), 12-3 - Pitt leads 4-0
133: Cory Stainbrook (WVU) dec. Ben Ross (UP), 7-3 - Pitt leads 4-3
141: Joe Wheeling (WVU) dec. Robert Lee (UP), 3-2 - WVU leads 6-4
149: Mikey Racciato (UP) dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 11-8 - Pitt leads 7-6
157: Taleb Rahmani (UP) pins Ryan Lopez (WVU), 0:56 - Pitt leads 13-6
165: No. 11 TeShan Campbell (UP) dec. Ryan Lopez (WVU), 4-1 - Pitt leads 16-6
174: Austin Bell (UP) maj. dec. Ty Millward (WVU), 9-0 - Pitt leads 20-6
184: Parker VonEgidy (WVU) dec. Cam Jacobson (UP), 10-7 - Pitt leads 20-9
197: Jacob A. Smith (WVU) pins Jacob Parker (UP), 2:00 - Pitt leads 20-15
285: John Rizzo (UP) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), TB-1 2-1 - Pitt wins 23-15

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