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    #43 Overall Junior Mac Stout to Pittsburgh

    Mac Stout (Photo/Eleanor Bailey; TheAlmanac.net)

    Tonight, the Pittsburgh Panthers received an important commitment from the #43 overall wrestler in the Class of 2022, Mac Stout (Mt. Lebanon, PA). Stout, a 2020 PIAA AAA state runner-up, did not compete in the 2021 postseason after suffering an injury at the Powerade Tournament. Stout will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Kellan, who was a 2019 national qualifier for the Panthers at 197 lbs. Mac projects at the same weight class, as well. They also have a brother, Luke, that is set to compete at 197 lbs for Princeton.

    Mac's 2020 state finals appearance came in a 170lb weight class that was likely the deepest of any bracket in any state that year. In the semifinals, Stout scored a win over the returning state champion, Trey Kibe (Mifflin County), a 2021 Virginia Tech signee. On a national scale, Stout was a 16U National freestyle finalist in Fargo during the summer of 2019. He is also a three-time placewinner at the Powerade (7th, 4th, 6th). The sixth-place finish occurred at the 2021 tournament when Stout was injured in the consolation semifinals.

    Stout is the third member of the Class of 2022 to give a verbal commitment to Keith Gavin's team. #120 Jared Kesler (Connellsville, PA) and Briar Priest (Hempfield, PA) have also pledged to the Panthers. As mentioned in our Class of 2022 recruiting feature, Keslar and Priest, along with Stout, all hail from Western Pennsylvania, a region that Gavin and staff have been able to recruit aggressively during his tenure.

    The Panthers current starter at 197 lbs, national runner-up Nino Bonaccorsi, has two years of eligibility remaining. That means Stout could take a redshirt and step in immediately upon his departure. The 2021 recruiting class also includes a talented 197 lb prospect in Ethan Finch (Sheffield, PA).

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