Pitt wrestling may be without their starting 165 pounder for the rest of the year. Jake Wentzel suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury this week. “It’s a pretty serious injury. It happened on Thursday in practice. It’s questionable if he’s going to wrestle the rest of this season.”
Head coach Keith Gavin offered that grim assessment after Wentzel did not compete in the North Carolina dual on Saturday. There may be some optimistic news though. “The goal right now is rehab and see if he can do it at the end of the year.” Jake is a hard-nosed, western PA kid. If anyone can do it, it’s him.
The redshirt sophomore from South Park was 9-6 on the year, and had popped in and out of the rankings, climbing as a high No. 18.
Curtis Decker, a junior out of Spring Mills, PA, replaced Wentzel in Pitt’s match against UNC, and lost 9-5 to Sawyer Davidson. It appears Decker will be Wentzel’s replacement, as the only other option would be David Crawford who is redshirting, and would need to cut from 174, or Alex Murray bumping up from 157.
This news puts a serious damper on Pitt’s chances of climbing the ACC tournament standings, but the focus right now is on Jake’s health.