After a hefty win against Army West Point earlier in the day, University of Pittsburgh Wrestlers struggled to find their footing against No. 3 Michigan.
Pitt’s Hunter Kernan at 174 was pinned in the first period by Michigan’s No. 6 Logan Massa.
Following that match, Pitt’s Nicholas Megino at 184 also fell in the first period to Michigan’s No. 10 Myles Amine
The Fitzgerald Field House got loud as Pitt’s No. 8 Nino Bonaccorsi took on Michigan’s No. 9 Patrick Brucki. It was a fairly even match up for most of the three periods. Pitt coaches questioned referees refusal to not all stalling on Brucki in the third and ultimately, after being taken down again in the third, Bonaccorsi lost the match 3-6.
At heavyweight, Pitt’s Jake Slinger took on Michigan’s No. 2 Mason Parris. Parris controlled the match, winning by major decision.
At 125, Pitt’s No. 31 Gage Curry struggled to earn any points aside from escapes. Michigan’s Nick Suriano. Losing the match 7 to 18.
Pitt’s No. 7 Micky Phillippi still had a lot of energy after his Army match as he took on Michigan’s Jack Medley. Phillippi was up 3-0 for most of the match, Medley did earn some points in the third, but Phillippi stayed on top.
Pitt’s No. 23 Cole Matthews was on fire once again, scoring a take down right off the bat against Michigan’s No. 3 Stevan Micic. Micic escaped and got a take down of his own, which was challenged by Pitt and overturned by referees. Micic redeemed himself seconds later, the match was tied 3-3 going into the second period. In the second period, Matthews stayed heavy on top, refusing to give Micic any points. Eventually, Matthews put Mincic on his back to earn nearfall points. In the third period, Micic did he best to score, but Matthews refused to give any points up. Matthews won an exhilarating match 11-5.
But Matthews match wasn’t enough to bring home the W for the team, the final score stands at Michigan 29, Pittsburgh 12.
The wrestlers have less than a week to recover. The team faces Arizona State on Friday, January 14th at 7 p.m. at the Fitzgerald Field House.