BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The 12th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team defeated No. 7 Lehigh based on the third criteria (match points) Sunday afternoon, 19-18.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 2-1 on the year, while the Mountain Hawks drop to 1-2 on the year.
The bout wins were even, 5-5, but it was a win by senior Demetrius Thomas that helped propel Pitt to victory.
"It was a hard fought win today," said head coach Keith Gavin. "It wasn't perfect and definitely didn't go the way we thought it would, but we just kept wrestling and found a way to win against a tough team. Taleb [Rahmani] and Meech [Thomas] stepped up big for us today."
Lehigh jumped out to a 6-0 lead after redshirt freshman Louis Newell got pinned in 3:27 by 12th-ranked Brandon Paetzell at 125 pounds.
Moving to the second bout of the day, fourth-ranked redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi recorded his seventh win of the season as he defeated No. 19 Nick Farro, 3-0.
The Mountain Hawks then captured wins at 141 and 149 pounds to take a 12-3 lead entering 157 pounds.
Thirteenth ranked Redshirt senior Taleb Rahmani then pinned No. 10 Josh Humphreys in 5:48 to cut Lehigh's lead to 12-9.
No. 12 Jake Wentzel carried the momentum to 165 pounds as he defeated Brian Meyer, 7-1, to tie the dual, 12-12.
The Mountain Hawks regained the lead after capturing a win at 174 pounds, 15-12.
Eighth ranked redshirt sophomore Nino Bonaccorsi tied the dual again with an 8-3 decision over Chris Weiler at 184 pounds.
Lehigh then recorded what would be its final win of the day at 197 pounds as redshirt senior Kellan Stout dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 17 Jake Jakobsen.
The dual came down to heavyweight and Thomas was up for the challenge. Thomas upset No. 6 Jordan Wood, 10-6, to tie the dual 18-18.
The Panthers won the dual based on the third criteria, which is total match points: 39-34.
Pitt's win is the first over the Mountain Hawks since 2013 and the 18th in program history.
The Panthers resume action Friday, Dec. 6 at West Virginia.
125: #12 Brandon Paetzell (Lehigh) pins Louis Newell (UP), 4:27 - Lehigh leads 6-0
133: #4 Micky Philippi (UP) dec. #19 Nick Farro (Lehigh), 3-0 - Lehigh leads 6-3
141: Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh) def. #15 Cole Matthews (UP), SV-1, 10-8 - Lehigh leads 9-3
149: Jimmy Hoffman (Lehigh) dec. Luke Kemerer (UP), 6-1 - Lehigh leads 12-3
157: #13 Taleb Rahmani (up) pins #10 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh), 5:48 - Lehigh leads 12-9
165: #12 Jake Wentzel (UP) dec. Brian Meyer (Lehigh), 7-1 - Tied 12-12
174: #2 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) dec. Gregg Harvey (UP), 4-1 - Lehigh leads 15-12
184: #8 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) dec. Chris Weiler (Lehigh), 8-3 - Tied 15-15
197: #17 Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec. Kellan Stout (UP), 4-1 - Lehigh leads 18-15
285: #9 Demetrius Thomas (UP) dec. #6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh), 10-6 - Tied 18-18*
* Pitt wins on third criteria: 39-34 edge in total match points