Pitt wrestling got two commitments over the weekend, with Dylan Evans and Vincent Santaniello both announcing their decision on Sunday.
— PA Power Wrestling (@PAPowerWrestle) June 19, 2022
Evans wrestles for local Chartiers Valley high school and ranks as the No. 5 wrestler in the class of 2023 in Pennsylvania for PA Power Wrestling.
He won the 2022 WPIAL Title at 152 pounds, defeating Pine Richland’s Kelin Laffey in a close 5-4 decision. Then, he made it to the PIAA final and defeated Cathedral Prep’s Kaemen Smith in another close decision 3-2, to win the state championship.
At Pitt, Evans likely projects to wrestle higher than in high school, as he has added weight throughout his time at Chartiers Valley. Evans most likely wrestles in the 157-pound or 165-pound weight class at Pitt.
Santaniello is another state champion to commit to the Panthers this weekend. He won the NJSIAA title at 126 pounds in 2021 for Brick Memorial High school in Brick Township, N.J.
and grateful to announce I will be furthering my academic and athletic
career at the University of Pittsburgh. Thank you to all my family, friends and
coaches who stuck by my side through thick and thin to get me where I am today.#H2P pic.twitter.com/8FvqNDTNEf
— Vincent Santaniello (@Santa123Vincent) June 19, 2022
He won 131 matches and lost just 10 in high school, putting him at fourth-most wins all-time for Brick Memorial.
Santaniello wrestled for US Naval Prep School for the 2021-2022 season, winning three of four matches in the 133-pound weight class.
He likely projects to wrestle in that weight class at Pitt, but the 125-pound class isn’t too unsurprising either.