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Pitt tops Campbell in home opener

PITTSBURGH -- The 15th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team used eight individual wins en route to a dominant 28-6 win over Campbell Saturday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Field House.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 1-0 on the season while the Camels fall to 0-1.

Campbell took an early 3-0 lead, but Pitt responded with six straight individual wins on its way to its first win of the season. The wins were highlighted by a pin from 19th-ranked redshirt freshman Cole Matthews at 141 pounds, as well as 165-pounder Jake Wentzel and heavyweight Demetrius Thomas. All three Panthers defeated opponents ranked higher than them.

"I thought we wrestled really well," said head coach Keith Gavin. "I think we got pushed in some of those matches because they have a good team, they had six national qualifiers on the team. Our guys were pushed and they responded really well for the most part and we really dominated that dual."

The Camels got on the board first as redshirt freshman Louis Newell dropped an 11-8 decision to Korbin Meink at 125 pounds.

Fourth-ranked redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi then tied things up, 3-3, after defeating No. 12 Noah Gonser, 6-2, at 133 pounds.

Matthews then gave the Panthers a hefty 9-3 lead as he upset No. 13 Josh Heil with a pin in 1:28 at 141 pounds.

"Cole is a special kid," said Gavin. "He's a great competitor. The guy he wrestled today is pretty good, he's been around and has a lot of experience. But, Cole is mature beyond his years when he's out there competing."

Redshirt freshman Luke Kemerer and 16th-ranked redshirt senior Taleb Rahmani then recorded back-to-back wins for Pitt at 149 and 157 pounds, giving the Panthers a 15-3 lead through the first five bouts.

Next up was Wentzel at 165 pounds who recorded the Panthers' second upset of the day as he earned a 9-1 major decision over No. 15 Quinten Perez.

Redshirt junior Gregg Harvey continued the winning ways for Pitt as he won in a 9-4 decision over Austin Murphy at 174 pounds.

Campbell then earned its second and final win of the day as Andrew Morgan upset sixth-ranked redshirt sophomore Nino Bonaccorsi in an 11-8 decision.

Redshirt senior Kellan Stout and eighth-ranked Thomas recorded wins in the final two bouts of the day at 197 and 295 pounds. Stout outlasted Austin McNeill in a 4-0 decision before Thomas recorded a dominant win over No. 7 Jere Heino.

The Panthers return to the Fitzgerald Field House Friday, Nov. 15 when they host No. 3 Ohio State at 3 p.m.

Results:
125: Korbin Meink (Campbell) dec. Louis Newell (UP), 11-8 - Campbell leads 3-0
133: #4 Micky Phillippi (UP) dec. #12 Noah Gonser (Campbell), 6-2 - Tied 3-3
141: #19 Cole Matthews (UP) fall #13 Josh Heil (Campbell), 1:27 - Pitt leads 9-3
149: Luke Kemerer (UP) dec. Zach Barnes (Campbell), 4-0 - Pitt leads 12-3
157: #16 Taleb Rahmani (UP) dec. Matt Dallara (Campbell), 6-4 - Pitt leads 15-3
165: Jake Wentzel (UP) maj dec. #15 Quinten Perez (Campbell), 9-1 - Pitt leads 19-3
174: Gregg Harvey (UP) dec. Austin Murphy (Campbell), 9-4 - Pitt leads 22-3
184: Andrew Morgan (Campbell) dec. #6 Nino Bonaccorsi, 11-8 - Pitt leads 22-6
197: Kellan Stout (UP) dec. Austin McNeill (Campbell), 4-0 - Pitt leads 25-6
285: #8 Demetrius Thomas (UP) dec. #7 Jere Heino, 10-3 - Pitt wins 28-6

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