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No. 12 Pitt Wrestling Stays Ranked in All Major Polls after Lehigh Win

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After a ranked win last Saturday against in-state rival then No. 17 Lehigh at Fitzgerald Field House No. 12 Pitt sees most of its previously ranked grapplers rise up the national rankings. The Panthers are now (2-0, 0-0 ACC) on the year.

Two-time ACC champ and 133-pounder Micky Phillippi saw his FloWrestling ranking move up one spot to No.5 this week. InterMat has the Derry, Pa. native back at No. 4 for the second straight week. Trackwrestling has Phillippi holding strong at No. 6, also the same spot from last week. The Open Mat also has Phillippi rounding out its top-5.

141-pounder Cole Matthews, who earned his second straight win of the season Saturday vs. Lehigh, saw his marks in all four of the rating services remain unchanged from the previous iterations. InterMat has the redshirt sophomore at No. 14 while Flo and The Open Mat place him No. 16, and Trackwrestling ranks Matthews 17th.

Panthers’ captain Jake Wentzel saw a jump in all four outlets after a not surrendering a point in his 3-0 decision against Thayne Lawrence of Lehigh. Wentzel is No. 6 at 165 according to Flo, No. 7 in InterMat and The Open Mat, and ranked eighth by Trackwrestling.

While Gregg Harvey’s Trackwrestling ranking (No. 16 at 184), InterMat ranking (No. 18 at 184), and The Open Mat ranking (No. 19 at 184) held constant this week, the redshirt senior out of Boyertown, Pa. jumped up two spots to No. 20 in Flo’s latest release.

This week’s Office Depot/Supra Student-Athlete of the Week honoree, Nino Bonaccorsi, is the fifth-best 197-pounder according to Flo and InterMat. He checks in at No. 8 in the Trackwrestling standings and No. 9 in The Open Mat.

While redshirt freshman Jared McGill was not ranked inside the top-20 by Flo, InterMat, or The Open Mat, he has soared up eight sports to No. 19 at 174 pounds, according to Trackwrestling.

As a team, Pitt is a consensus top-20 team. Flo and InterMat having the Panthers as high as No. 14 while Trackwrestling has them sitting at No. 19. The latest NWCA Coaches Poll puts undefeated Pitt at No. 12, up one spot from last week.

The Panthers will be back in action Saturday, Jan. 16 for second straight home dual at The Fitz when they host ACC foe Duke at 10 a.m. for their first conference meet of 2021.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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