The good news keeps pouring in for Keith Gavin and the University of Pittsburgh wrestling program.
This past weekend, at the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Gavin and five grapplers completed a historic national tournament. Not only did the team place 11th overall, which was the best a Pitt team has finished since 1970, but two Panthers – Jake Wentzel (165) and Nino Bonaccorsi (197) – also made it to the finals at their respective weights, something that hasn’t occurred since 1963.
Then, three days later, Pitt officially announced that redshirt seniors Wentzel and Gregg Harvey (184) would be returning to Pitt for the 2021-22 season.
Just hours after hours after the program announced that all five of its 2021 NCAA qualifiers from St. Louis would be returning to the confines of Fitzgerald Field House, Pitt secured a verbal commitment from Connellsville junior, Jared Keslar.
— PA Power Wrestling (@PAPowerWrestle) March 24, 2021
The Connellsville middleweight is a two-time PIAA placewinner, with a pair of fourth-place finishes as a sophomore and a junior after not placing in Hershey as a freshman.
According to PA Power Wrestling, Keslar is ranked No. 13 in their Class of 2022 rankings.
2022 recruiting class off to a great start! Who’s next #H2P
— Keith Gavin (@keithgavin84) March 24, 2021