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Three Pitt Wrestlers Win ACC Titles



No. 25 Pitt took third place in the ACC Wrestling Championships that concluded this past Sunday. No. 4 NC State took home the title, their fourth straight, while No. 8 Virginia Tech was the other school to finish above Pitt.

Four Pitt wrestlers made the championship in their weight class, with three of them winning the gold medal. Cole Matthews (141), Jake Wentzel (165) and Nino Bonaccorrsi (197) won the gold medal for Pitt. The lone runner-up for Pitt was Mickey Phillipi (133) who fell to Korbin Meyers of Virginia Tech.

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It was the second consecutive year that Phillipi lost to Myers in the ACC title at 133 pounds. The two have combined to win the last four such titles, and have formed a great rivalry in the process.

Bonaccorsi won his second consecutive title at 197 pounds, defeating NC State’s Isaac Trumble 5-2. Trumble had defeated Bonaccorsi earlier in the season.

Matthews won his first conference title with his victory in the 141 weight class over NC State’s Ryan Jack 3-2. Matthews became Pitt’s 10th ACC Champion under head coach Keith Gavin.

It was Wentzel though who really shined for Pitt as he blanketed Virginia’s Justin McCoy, 7-0, to win his third ACC title. He is the school’s first three-time ACC winner since they joined the conference in 2013.

The remaining winners were NC State’s Jakob Camacho (125), Tariq Wilson (149), Ed Scott (157), Trent Hidlay (184) and Virginia Tech’s Mekhi Lewis (174) and Nathan Traxler (285). Lewis received the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler award.

NC State finished with 98.5 points, the most by a team at the tournament since NC State scored 103.5 points in 2007. Virginia Tech finished with 76.0 points while Pitt finished with 51.0. North Carolina (48.0), Virginia (39.5) and Duke (11.0) rounded out the standings.

The ACC will feature 39 wrestlers in the NCAA tournament, a record for a conference with only six teams. The conference sent 36 wrestlers last year, with Pitt sending five.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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