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No. 18 Pitt Wrestling Shuts Out Cleveland State, 36-0, to Open the 2022-23 Season



No. 18 Pitt shut out Cleveland State Friday night. 36-0, to open up their 2022-23 season with a victory.

The Panthers (1-0) last competed against the Vikings (0-1) in December 2012, where the Panthers also won, 38-6. It is the 10th straight season that the Panthers started the season with a win, with six of those coming under head coach Keith Gavin.

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The most important match saw redshirt sophomore Pitt No. 24 Reece Heller face off against Cleveland State redshirt junior No. 33 DeAndre Nasser in the 184-pound weight class. Heller and Nasser fought the most competitive matchup of the dual meet, with Heller winning a 3-2 decision, thanks to an incredible takedown.

Panthers redshirt senior No. 1 Cole Matthews started his 2022-23 campaign with a 9-3 decision over redshirt junior Hunter Olson in the 141-pound weight class. Fellow Panther redshirt senior No. 9 Nino Bonaccorsi also won with a 9-2 decision against Vikings redshirt senior Anthony Perrine, 9-2 in the 197-pound weight class.

Many Pitt wrestlers won on major decisions against Cleveland State. This includes redshirt senior No. 8 Micky Phillippi in the 133-pound weight class, senior No. 11 Dazjon Casto in the 157-pound weight class and redshirt junior No. 15 Holden Heller in the 165-pound weight class. Reece and Holden Heller are both brothers who both transferred from Hofstra.

Two other major decisions for the Panthers came from redshirt first-year Luca Augustine in the 174-pound weight class and redshirt sophomore Tyler Badgett in the 149-pound weight class.

Panthers redshirt junior Colton Camacho opened up the dual meet with a major decision in the 125-pound weight class. Senior Jake Slinger finished the dual meet with a 3-1 decision over redshirt sophomore Daniel Bucknavich in the heavyweight class.

Pitt opens at home next Friday, Nov. 18 with a matchup against Maryland at Fitzgerald Field House.





Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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