It’s been a huge week for the Keith Gavin and the Pitt wrestling program as they’ve added a handful of talented wrestlers.
Last night, Gavin received a commitment from highly decorated Ohio wrestler David Crawford and this morning Jack Davis from Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania joined the Pitt Panther wrestling program. Davis is a national prep champion and currently ranked 14th in the country at 138 pounds.
The Panthers wrestling program is on a roll as Crawford and Davis join Hempfield’s Luke Kemerer, Reynolds’ Cole Matthews and Seneca Valley’s Louis Newell as future members of the Pitt wrestling family.
All five of these wrestlers come to Pitt as high successful competitors which speaks highly for the future of Panther wrestling.
This morning, PSN caught with Crawford, who’s a 3-time Ohio state placer and the 2017 state champion, and talked to him about his decision to be a part of what Gavin and his coaches are building at Pitt.
“I love the Pitt coaches that got hired and the leadership of Coach Gavin and vision that they have for the program. They want to do big things at Pitt and I want to be a part of that,” said Crawford.
I asked Crawford what he meant by the vision of the new coaching staff.
“That they want to develop all of us and allow us to compete at the best of our abilities so that we’ll compete at a national level. I can tell that Coach Gavin is going to be a great coach. I came to Pitt for a couple of tournaments and I watched them lift on my official visit and I just love the way he interacts with people,” said Crawford.
Crawford tells me that he knows and has talked with current Pitt commitment and Ohio native Cole Matthews and made an official visit last weekend with Davis.
The excitement and optimism for the Pitt wrestling program is as high as it’s been in years and I asked Crawford what he believes the ceiling for this program is?
“I definitely believe that within the next couple of years we can become a top five program in the nation.”