Pitt wrestler Demetrius Thomas had his senior season cut short with the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament.
But the heavyweight is sticking around with Pitt, with the Pittsburgh Regional Training Center announcing on Wednesday that Thomas has signed on as a resident athlete.
Thomas will join Nico Megaludis and Luke Pletcher as resident athletes for the training center, which works hand in hand with the Pitt wrestling program.
Since joining Pitt in 2018 after spending his first two seasons at NAIA William Baptist University, Thomas went 45-12, winning the ACC heavyweight title in both 2019 and 2020 and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both seasons. He also was a team captain and widely respected by his teammates and coaches.
“[Thomas] is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever coached,” Pitt assistant coach Jordan Leen said on Twitter. “At Pitt for less than a year and voted captain by his teammates. Ceiling in wrestling is through the roof.”
He was one of seven Pitt wrestlers who had qualified for the 2020 NCAA Wrestling Championships, which were scheduled for March 19-21 at Minnesota’s US Bank Stadium.
Thomas said after winning the 2020 ACC title at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center that he hopes to continue his wrestling career after college.
“I want to keep going until the wheels fall off,” Thomas said, while mentioning the 2020 Olympic Games, which have now been pushed back to 2021, as a goal.