Pitt finishes 2-0 at Mountaineer Duals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The Pitt wrestling team (2-0) collected two wins at the Mountaineer Duals Sunday, Nov. 6, at the WVU Coliseum to open the 2016-17 season.

The Panthers first defeated Ohio, 21-16, before recording a 21-13 win over Campbell.

Freshman Jake Wentzel and sophomore TeShan Campbell were the lone Panthers to pin their opponents on the day, both of which came against Ohio opponents.

"I think it was a good start," said head coach Jason Peters. "We got to see some guys for the first time and some at new weights. We'll get ready this week and maybe change some guys around. Overall I thought it was good, the warm-ups were good, the weight cut was good so those are definitely some positives from the first weekend out."

Pitt vs. Ohio
At 133 pounds, it was a battle between No. 9 Dom Forys and No. 13 Cameron Kelly. Kelly took the first lead of the match early on in the first, but Forys would record five takedowns in the second and third periods to secure a 10-6 decision, tying the dual 3-3.

Senior Mikey Racciato then stepped in to take on Cullen Cummings at 149 pounds, looking to bring back the Pitt lead. Racciato struck early with a takedown, but Cummings escaped. In the second, Cummings started on bottom and escaped, tying the score 2-2. Racciato did the same in the third and held on to win in a 3-2 decision, tying the dual 6-6.

At 157 pounds, freshman Jake Wentzel made his collegiate debut against Zach Wilson and did not disappoint. Wentzel recorded four points in the first period by way of takedown and nearfall. He added a takedown in the second, taking a 6-0 lead. Soon after, Wentzel pinned Wilson in 4:12 to give Pitt the lead, 12-6.

Wrestling for the first time at 165 pounds was sophomore TeShan Campbell as he took on No. 19 Austin Reese. Campbell scored the lone points of the match with a takedown in the first and pinned Reese in 2:10, extending Pitt's lead to 18-6.

In the final bout of the opening dual, redshirt junior Ryan Solomon came out and dominated Zak Parker, controlling the majority of the match. The 15th-ranked heavyweight won in a 6-2 decision, securing the Panthers victory, 21-16.

Pitt vs. Campbell
Forys picked up his second win of the day by way of major decision over Campbell's Jonathan Ryan, 17-6. Forys took the lead in the first period, 4-2, and dominated in the second with an escape, two takedown and a four-point nearfall. The Pittsburgh product collected four more points in the third with riding time, earning him 17-6 major decision, giving Pitt the lead, 4-3.

At 141, Zanetta recorded his first win of the day over Joshua Heil in a 6-4 decision, extending Pitt's lead to 7-3.

Wentzel also picked up his second win of the day at 157 pounds over Austin Kraisser, 10-6. The freshman recorded four points in the first period and scored the rest of his points in the third by way of three escapes, a takedown and capped it off with riding time.

Campbell kept the momentum going at 165 pounds, winning in an 8-3 decision over Quentin Perez. The Pittsburgh product recorded an escape, three takedowns and added a point with riding time en route to his decision.

At 174, Dietrich earned his first win as a Panther in a 16-5 major decision over Alex Herringshaw. Dietrich recorded seven total takedowns, including three in the third period. Dietrich's notable win boosted the team score to 17-6 in favor of Pitt.

Rounding out the Panthers wins on the day was Bruce at 197, collecting a 15-5 major decision over Willie Bivens. Bruce started the match strong, scoring three-straight takedowns in the first period and another one in the second. Bruce continued to dominate Bivens in the third with a reversal, two takedowns and added on a point with riding time.

Pitt resumes action Sunday, Nov. 13, at Edinboro for a 1 p.m. start.

Pitt 21, Ohio 16
125: Shakur Laney (OU) dec. LJ Bentley (UP), 4-3 - Ohio leads 3-0
133: No. 9 Dom Forys (UP) dec. No. 13 Cameron Kelly (OU), 10-6 - Tied 3-3
141: Noah Forrider (OU) dec. Nick Zanetta (UP), 4-3 - OU leads 6-3
149: Mikey Racciato (UP) dec. Cullen Cummings (OU), 3-2 - Tied 6-6
157: Jake Wentzel (UP) pins Zach Wilson (OU), 4:12 - Pitt leads 12-6
165: TeShan Campbell (UP) pins No. 19 Austin Reese (OU), 2:10 - Pitt leads 18-6
174: Arsen Arshughyan (OU) dec. Christian Dietrich (UP), 5-3 - Pitt leads 18-9
184: Tom Williams (OU) dec. Mat Carr (UP), 10-8 - Pitt leads 18-12
197: Bailey Faust (OU) maj. dec. Zach Bruce (UP), 14-0 - Pitt leads 18-16
285: No. 15 Ryan Solomon (UP) dec. Zak Parker (OU), 6-2 - Pitt wins 21-16

Pitt 21, Campbell 13
125: No. 14 Nathan Kraisser (CU) dec. LJ Bentley (UP), 5-4 - Campbell leads 3-0
133: No. 9 Dom Forys (UP) maj. dec. Jonathan Ryan (CU), 17-6 - Pitt leads 4-3
141: Nick Zanetta (UP) dec. Josh Heil (CU), 6-4 - Pitt leads 7-3
149: Lucas Stewart (CU) dec. Mikey Racciato (UP), 10-4 - Pitt leads 7-6
157: Jake Wentzel (UP) dec. Austin Kraisser (CU), 10-6 - Pitt leads 10-6
165: TeShan Campbell (UP) dec. Quetin Perez (CU), 8-3 - Pitt leads 13-6
174: Christian Dietrich (UP) maj. dec. Alex Herringshaw (CU), 16-5 - Pitt leads 17-6
184: Ville Heino (CU) maj. dec. Mat Carr (UP), 15-5 - Pitt leads 17-10
197: Zach Bruce (UP) maj. dec. Willie Bivens (CU), 15-5 - Pitt leads 21-10
285: Jere Heino (CU) dec. John Rizzo (UP), 9-6 - Pitt wins 21-13


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