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Pitt's Phillippi gets sixth year of eligibility

Don't be surprised if you hear University of Pittsburgh wrestling fans chanting "Four more years!" towards Micky Phillippi.

Micky Phillippi
No, the redshirt freshman isn't running for political office. However, the NCAA has granted Phillippi a sixth year of eligibility to wrestle for the Panthers. Or as Pittsburgh Tribune-Review sportswriter Bill Beckner, Jr., wrote Friday, "Get used to seeing Micky Phillippi in a Pitt wrestling singlet for four more years."

Phillippi started his collegiate mat career at University of Virginia in 2016, where he was 22-7 in open tournaments. This past season (2017-18), the 133-pounder sat out due to NCAA transfer rules, tallying a 12-3 record as an unattached wrestler in open tournaments.

Prior to college, Phillippi -- a native of Derry, Pa. -- was a three-time PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) champ at Derry Area High School.

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