Keith Gavin and company are hot on the recruiting trail. The No. 4 wrestler in all of Pennsylvania for the Class of 2022, Dayton Pitzer, has committed to Pitt. This coming just off the Mac Stout commitment, is creating a lot of buzz about Pitt Wrestling on Twitter, and is leaving fans eager for the season to get here in November.
“I am truly blessed and excited to announce that I have committed to the University of Pittsburgh, to further my athletic and academic career. I feel Pitt has the coaches and tools to take me to the next level. I also wanted to thank my family, club coaches, and HS coaches for all their support in this journey. Hail to Pitt,” Pitzer posted on Instagram.
He won a state title as a freshman in 2019 at 182lbs, accumulating a record of 43-1 with 31 falls. He missed his sophomore year due to an injury, but appeared to have not missed a step posting similar results his junior season. The Mount Pleasant Viking went 42-2 as a junior, again with 31 falls, and defended his state title, however this time at 215. In addition to states, he also won his section, district, and regional (WPIAL) tournaments both years racking up a perfect post-season resumé.
In an article published by Paul Schofield on TribLive Pitzer reflected on his second state championship. “Winning this feels good. My freshman year, I was kind of the underdog and I won it. Coming back from my injury last year definitely feels good.” Adding on: “The injury was something I couldn’t control because my goal was to be a four-time champion,” Pitzer said. “The next best thing is becoming a three-time champion. Definitely that’s one of my goals, but you have to take it a day at a time. I try not to look too far ahead.”
He adds to what was already a very good class with Briar Priest (Hempfield), Jared Keslar (Connellsville), and Stout (Mt. Lebanon). He will compliment Stout in the upper-weights which could prove to be a deadly finishing combo.
That’s a lot of high quality, home grown talent. It has been said once or twice – or perhaps a few orders of magnitude more – that Pitt needs to keep the best local kids. Well, look no further than the four coming next year.