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Pitt shuts out South Dakota State

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- The 18th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team shutout South Dakota State Sunday afternoon at Frost Arena, 34-0.

With the win, Pitt improves to 8-0 on the year, while SDSU drops to 1-5 overall.

The Panthers have now avenged all non-conference losses from a year ago. Pitt fell to then-ranked No. 12 South Dakota State in 2018, 25-13, in Pittsburgh.

Four Panthers contributed bonus points in the shutout, including freshman Brendon Fenton returning to the win column with a 14-0 victory at 125 pounds, while junior Demetrius Thomas picked up his ninth major decision of the year at heavyweight.

Senior Robert Lee recorded the most notable win of the day, as he took out SDSU's lone ranked wrestler in No. 17 Henry Pohlmeyer at 149 pounds.

"Great team win today," said head coach Keith Gavin. "Our guys competed hard up and down the lineup. It was especially good to see Rob Lee get a big win. I'm really proud of his effort today."

Fenton got things going for the Panthers at 125 pounds, scoring two takedowns, eight total nearfall points, an escape and riding time to shutout Greg Coapstick.

Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi followed that with another major decision, this time 14-4. Phillippi, the fifth-ranked 133 pounder, picked up his 12th win over Rylee Molitor to give Pitt an 8-0 lead.

Senior LJ Bentley collected another solid win on the weekend at 141 pounds, taking down Aric Williams in a 9-5 decision.

Lee picked up his eighth win of the year and his first over a ranked opponent at 149 pounds this afternoon. After a scoreless first period with No. 17 Henry Pohlmeyer, the senior collected a point after Pohlmeyer was hit with stalling twice. Lee started the third on top and a quick escape by Pohlmeyer tied things up 1-1. Lee then scored a takedown and earned two nearfall points to take the lead 5-1. Pohlmeyer escaped, but it wouldn't be enough as Lee added a final point with riding time en route to the impressive victory.

Redshirt junior Taleb Rahmani and redshirt sophomore Jake Wentzel both bounced back after suffering losses yesterday at North Dakota State. Rahmani earned a 10-5 decision over Colten Carlson at 157 pounds and Wentzel outlasted Logan Peterson 3-1 at 165 pounds, boosting Pitt's score to 20-0.

Redshirt junior Gregg Harvey was one of the four that majored his SDSU opponent. At 174 pounds, Harvey cruised past Brett Bye for his seventh win of the year.

Redshirt freshman Nino Bonaccorsi and redshirt junior Kellan Stout continued Pitt's winning ways at 184 and 197 pounds. No. 13 Bonaccorsi outlasted Zach Carlson, 7-6, before Stout picked up a 5-2 decision over Martin Mueller.

No. 13 Thomas improved to 20-2 on the year after his major decision win at heavyweight. Thomas cruised to a 12-2 victory over Blake Wolters to complete the team shutout.

Pitt resumes action Saturday, Jan. 19 when it hosts No. 3 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Field House.

Results:
125: Brendon Fenton (UP) maj. dec. Greg Coapstick (SDSU), 14-0 - Pitt leads 4-0
133: #5 Micky Phillippi (UP) maj. dec. Rylee Molitor (SDSU), 14-4 - Pitt leads 8-0
141: LJ Bentley (UP) dec. Aric Williams (SDSU), 9-5 - Pitt leads 11-0
149: Robert Lee (UP) dec. #17 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 6-2 - Pitt leads 14-0
157: #8 Taleb Rahmani (UP) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 10-5 - Pitt leads 17-0
165: Jake Wentzel (UP) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 3-1 - Pitt leads 20-0
174: Gregg Harvey (UP) maj. dec. Brett Bye (SDSU), 13-5 - Pitt leads 24-0
184: #13 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) dec. Zach Carlson (SDSU), 7-6 - Pitt leads 27-0
197: Kellan Stout (UP) dec. Martin Mueller (SDSU), 5-2 - Pitt leads 30-0
285: #13 Demetrius Thomas (UP) maj. dec. Blake Wolters (SDSU), 12-2 - Pitt wins 34-0

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