Pitt cruises past Duke

DURHAM, N.C. -- The 10th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team recorded its second shutout of the season in dominant fashion Saturday morning. The Panthers downed the Duke Blue Devils, 50-0, at Card Gymnasium in the ACC opener.

With the win, Pitt improves to 6-2 on the year, while the Blue Devils drop to 0-11.

Today's 50-point win was the first since 2015 when the Panthers defeated Clarion 51-0. Prior to that, Pitt defeated Millersville, 53-0, in 2010.

"We did what we were supposed to do today and that's good," said head coach Keith Gavin. "Now we have a quick turnaround and need to be ready to compete hard again tomorrow."

Pitt opened the dual with a 6-0 lead after Duke forfeited 125 pounds.

Moving to 133 pounds, redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi pinned Harrison Campbell in 4:01 for his 17th win of the year. The fall was his second consecutive in duals as he pinned Reece Witcraft last weekend at Oklahoma State.

The Blue Devils then forfeited 141 and 149 pounds to give the Panthers a 24-0 lead in the dual.

Redshirt senior Taleb Rahmani returned to the win column this morning as he pinned Eric Carter in 4:04 for his 10th win of the year.

At 165 pounds, sophomore Hunter Kernan made his dual debut and recorded a 10-3 decision over Wyatt Pfua to give Pitt a 33-0 lead.

174 pounds featured two ranked wrestlers in No. 24 Gregg Harvey and No. 26 Mason Eaglin from Duke. Harvey picked up his 12th win of the year as he won in a 15-6 major decision.

Redshirt sophomore Nino Bonaccorsi picked up his 15th win of the year after pinning Kai Blake at 184 pounds. The fall was Bonaccorsi's first of the season and boosted the Panthers to a 43-0 lead.

At 197 pounds, redshirt senior Kellan Stout shutout Vincent Baker, 14-0, for a major decision.

Junior Cole Rickert completed the shutout as he defeated Jonah Niesenbaum at heavyweight, 3-1.

The Panthers have a quick turnaround as they return to Pittsburgh to host Edinboro Sunday, Jan. 26 a 2 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House.

125: Louis Newell (UP) wins by forfeit - Pitt leads 6-0
133: #6 Micky Phillippi (UP) pins Harrison Campbell (DU), 4:01 - Pitt leads 12-0
141: Jake Cherry (UP) wins by forfeit - Pitt leads 18-0
149: Luke Kemerer (UP) wins by forfeit - Pitt leads 24-0
157: #28 Taleb Rahmani (UP) pins Eric Carter (DU), 4:04 - Pitt leads 30-0
165: Hunter Kernan (UP) dec. Wyatt Pfau (DU), 10-3 - Pitt leads 33-0
174: #24 Gregg Harvey (UP) maj. dec. #26 Mason Eaglin (DU), 15-6 - Pitt leads 37-0
184: #9 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) pins Kai Blake (DU), 1:50 - Pitt leads 43-0
197: Kellan Stout (UP) maj. dec. Vincent Baker (DU), 14-0 - Pitt leads 47-0
285: Cole Rickert (UP) dec. Jonah Niesenbaum (DU), 3-1 - Pitt wins 50-0


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PM918 (1) about 10 months ago
Duke is bad this year. And they gave up 3 forfeits. Unheard of for a division 1 team. Anybody know what's happening there?