The Pitt wrestling program took major steps this past season and the man in charge was recognized for them.
Keith Gavin was named 2021 ACC Wrestling Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with NC State’s Pat Popolizio. Gavin becomes only Pitt’s fourth ACC Coach of the Year winner in any sport and first since Dan Fisher won ACC Coach of the Year in volleyball in 2018.
The Pitt Panthers program achieved both individual and team success this season. At the just concluded NCAA Championship, Pitt finished in 11th place, which was their best team finish since 1970 and their 40.5 team points ever were their most ever at a national tournament under the current scoring format.
In terms of individual accomplishments, Nino Bonaccorsi and Jake Wentzel both advanced to the final in their weight class, which was the first time since 1963 that multiple Pitt wrestlers reached the finals. Also, all five of Pitt’s NCAA qualifiers won at least one match.
The good news for Gavin and his program is that all five of their NCAA qualifiers will return to wrestle for Pitt during the 2021-22 season.