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Pitt Wrestling Dominates Brown, 41-3.



On the heels of lopsided wins over No. 22 Lehigh and Illinois, the No. 20 Pitt Panthers routed Brown, 41-3, on Thursday night in Providence, R.I. The Panthers had three pins and lost just one of the 10 bouts.

Panthers head coach Keith Gavin went up against his former protégé Jordan Leen, who spent the last five years as Pitt’s associate coach before taking the head job at Brown this past offseason. The Panthers improved to 2-1 in the all-time series against Brown, but it was the first time since 2016 that the two teams met.

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Colton Camacho (125) finished his bout with an exclamation point by pinning Shane Hanson-Ashworth to give the Panthers an early 6-0 lead. Micky Phillippi (133) followed with a convincing 13-5 win over Hunter Adrian, and Pitt was out to a 10-0 advantage. At the end of the first period of the 141 dual, Justin Bierdumpfel led Emory Taylor, 2-1. Brown chose the bottom to start the second period, and Bierdumpfel increased his lead to 5-2 after a take down.Taylor stormed back to almost win it but fell just short, 6-4.

Tyler Badgett (149) responded with a pin on Blake Saito. Saito made a mistake by turning the wrong way, and Badgett made him pay. Dazjon Casto secured another fall right at the end of the first period with a pin on Keegan Rothrock to put the Panthers up 22-3. It was the third pin of the night through six bouts.

The Panthers continue to dominate with wins by decision from Jared Keslar (165), Luca Augustine (174) and James Lledo (184). Four-time NCAA qualifier and back-to-back ACC champion, Nino Bonaccorsi, defeated Aaron Wolk decisively. 15-3, at 197. Heavyweight Jake Slinger shutout Thomas Mukai, 7-0, to cap a dominating, 41-3, win for the Panthers.

Pitt improved to 4-1 on the season with the win, and will meet with Columbia for its next dual on Sunday at 1 p.m. in New York City. Pitt won all three prior meetings against Columbia, who lost 30-5 last season in Pittsburgh.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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