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Pitt Bounces Back After Friday’s Loss to Crush Columbia

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University of Pittsburgh wrestlers had a unique opportunity to wrestle at the Petersen Events Center in their match-up against the Columbia Lions Sunday afternoon.

After Friday’s loss against University of North Carolina, the Panthers were able to rally back to crush the Lions. “It’s a short turn around since Friday,” said Coach Keith Gavin. “So, there’s not a lot we could have changed, the emphasis was on trying to finish single legs and attacks.”

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In less than 48 hours the Panthers were able to figure out what needed fixed in order to leave Columbia scoreless until the 165-weight class.

“A couple of our guys got some decent ranked wins,” said Head Coach Keith Gavin after the match. “I thought we wrestled well, 165 and 184 kind of sting a little bit but it’s all preparation for March.”

At 165, Jake Wentzel suffered a tough loss to Joshua Ogunsanya in three rounds of overtime.

In addition to the 165 bout, matches at 125 and 141 could have gone either way.

At 125, No. 31 Gage Curry refused to let Columbia’s No. 28 Joe Manchio get many points. Curry said he knew Manchio’s best position against him was neutral, so Curry rode heavy and made it difficult for Manchio to get to his feet.

“I’ve wrestled that guy a couple of times,” Curry said. “I knew I could get the win, I just had to stay focused and that’s what I did.”

At 141, Cole Matthews faced off against Columbia’s No. 19 Matt Kizimer. A front headlock to a gator roll had Kizimer on his back and Matthews with a pin in just 33 seconds. “I just felt it,” Matthews said. “I work on the front headlock every day in practice and then I felt the gator roll.”

A short, but exciting match for Matthews’s former wrestling team, the Reynolds Raiders, who traveled from Greenville, PA to watch him compete.

“They love the gator roll at Reynolds,” Matthews said. “It’s not the time, it’s the gator roll they wanted to see.”

The team has a few days to recoup after their weekend matches. The Panthers take on ACC opponent, No. 8 North Carolina State back at the Fitzgerald Field House on Friday, February 11. The match starts at 7.

  1. PITT PANTHERS VS. COLUMBIA LIONS

125

  1. GAGE CURRY VS. 28 JOE MANCHIO

Pitt’s Gage Curry got things started for the Panthers with a takedown in the first period. Curry held the Lion’s, Joe Manchio, throughout the period and led at the end of the first 2-0. Manchio took bottom in the second. Manchio quickly escaped and Curry countered a shot to earn an additional takedown, a call which was challenged by Columbia but was upheld by referees. Curry refused to give up additional points throughout the period. With a score of 4-1 going into the third, Curry chose neutral. The third period was nothing but hand fighting and Curry ended the match with a win. Final score with riding time, Curry 5, Manchio 1.

Team score: Pittsburgh-3 Columbia-0

133

7 MICKY PHILLIPPI VS. 25 ANGELO RINI

The first period saw very little action to start, Pitt’s Micky Phillippi was able to score a takedown with less than 20 seconds left in the first, bringing the score to 2-0 against Columbia’s Angelo Rini at the end of the period. In the second, Phillippi started on bottom and was able to score an additional point with an escape. With nothing but hand-fighting throughout the rest of the period, the score was 3-0 going into the third period. Rini chose neutral to start the third period. Phillippi was able to rack up an additional 2 with a takedown. Rini earned his first points with an escape before Phillippi took him back down and allowed another escape. Rini attempted to earn back points with shots but Phillippi refused to give any up, earning an additional takedown and allowing an escape with seconds left in the period. Final score, Phillippi 9, Rini 3.

Team score: Pittsburgh-6 Columbia-0

141

17 COLE MATTHEWS VS. 19 MATT KIZIMIR

Pitt’s Cole Matthews used a front headlock to a gator roll to pin Columbia’s Matt Kizimer 33 seconds into the first period.

Team score: Pittsburgh-12 Columbia-0

149

DAN MANCINI VS. DOM ROSSETTI

The first period for Pitt’s Dan Mancini and Columbia’s Dom Rossetti started off slow. Both wrestlers attempted to find a groove but were unable to do so leaving them scoreless. In the second, Rossetti started on bottom and was able to get on the board with an escape. Going into the third, Rossetti led the match, 1-0. Mancini started on bottom in the third and earned an escape himself. With the wrestlers tied at the end of the third, the match went into sudden victory. Mancini fought for points and was able to win the match 3-1.

Team score: Pittsburgh-15 Columbia-0

157

19. ELIJAH CLEARY VS. ANDREW GARR

Pitt’s Elijah Cleary got on the board early with a takedown against Columbia’s Andrew Garr before giving up an escape point. Cleary repeated the takedown with less than a minute in the period to bring the score to 4-1 by the end of the first. Cleary chose bottom in the second period and was able to earn an escape point. Cleary then had a takedown, where he worked in a cradle to earn nearfall points, bringing the score to 11-1 at the end of the second. Garr started the third on bottom and quickly earned an escape. Cleary was able to earn an additional takedown to bring the final score with riding time to 14-2

Team score: Pittsburgh-19 Columbia-0

165

  1. JAKE WENTZEL VS. 23 JOSHUA OGUNSANYA

Columbia’s Joshua Ogunsanya took Pitt’s Jake Wentzel down in the first period to get on the board before Wentzel escaped. Ogunsanya then took Wentzel down again to earn two more points. Coach Keith Gavin challenged the call and it was overturned by referees. At the end of the first, Ogunsanya was leading 2-1. Wentzel tied up the score in the second with an escape. Ogunsanya used an ankle pick to try to get an additional takedown but was unable to earn any additional points. Tied 2-2 going into the third, Ogunsanya chose neutral but neither wrestler was able to finish a takedown to win. The match then headed into sudden victory where, once again, neither wrestler could win on their feet. Wentzel chose bottom to score a point in the second round to bring the score3-2. Ogunsanya was then able to earn a takedown. In the third, the wrestlers started on their feet and Ogunsanya ultimately won the match 4-3.

Team score: Pittsburgh-19 Columbia-2

 174

HUNTER KERNAN VS. NICK FINE

Pitt’s Hunter Kernan was able to score seconds before the first buzzer to bring the score to 2-0 against his match with Columbia’s Nick Fine. Fine started the second period on bottom. But had trouble scoring any points. The score remained 2-0 going into the third. Kernan chose bottom in the third, struggled to earn any points from the position but did earn a stall warning before the end of the match. Final score, Kernan 2, Fine 0.

Team score: Pittsburgh-22 Columbia-2

184

31. GREGG HARVEY VS. BRIAN BONINO

Pitt’s Gregg Harvey and Columbia’s Brian Bonino stayed scoreless going into the second period where Bonino was able to get on the board with an escape. Harvey, down by one point, chose bottom in the third and tied things up with an escape of his own. With five seconds left in the match, Bonino was able to score a takedown to win, 3-1.

Team score: Pittsburgh-22 Columbia-5

197

9. NINO BONACCORSI VS. JOE FRANZESE

Pitt’s Nino Bonaccorsi started the match off with a takedown to earn some points. Columbia’s Joe Franzese earned an escape before Bonaccorsi took him down again. Franzese escaped before being taken down by Bonaccorsi again. Bonaccorsi turned Franzese to his back for nearfall points to bring the score to 10-2 going into the second period. Bonaccorsi started the period on bottom, and was able to bring the score to 12-2 with a reversal. Franzese remained on bottom, earned a stall warning and failed to score any additional points. Bonaccorsi chose neutral to start the third period, quickly earned a takedown and then a point after Franzese was called for stalling. Bonaccorsi let Franzese up before taking him down again. Final score, with riding time, Bonaccorsi 18, Franzese 3.

Team score: Pittsburgh-27 Columbia-5

285

JAKE SLINGER VS. DAN CONLEY

The first period remained scoreless for Pitt’s Jake Slinger and Columbia’s Dan Conley. Slinger started the second period on bottom and earned an escape point before earning two more points with a takedown. Slinger led the match 3-0 going into the third where the wrestlers started on their feet. Slinger took an additional 2 points in the final seconds of the third with another takedown to win the match with riding time, 6-0.

Final score: Pitt 30, Columbia 5.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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