Pitt wrestling is preparing to take on their opponents in dual matches this upcoming season and released their schedule for 2023-24 on Tuesday.
The Panthers finished 10-4 overall in 2022-23, along with a 4-1 ACC record to earn a share of the conference regular season title for the first time under head coach Keith Gavin. Nino Bonaccorsi also finished undefeated at 197 pounds, winning the National Title in Tulsa, Okla., the first Panther to do so since Gavin in 2008.
Pitt wrestling will host their annual Blue-Gold scrimmage duel on Monday, Oct. 30 at the Fitzgerald Field House. They will compete in the Clarion Open for the third straight season in Clarion, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 5 for their first competitive duals of the season.
The Navy Duals occur the following weekend, where Pitt will take on wrestlers from Navy, Morgan State and VMI in Annapolis, Md. on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Road trips to in-state Lehigh in Bethlehem on Sunday, Nov. 19 and then Maryland on Monday, Nov. 20 should be great duel matches to take in. Last season, Pitt defeated Lehigh, but lost to Maryland in the home opener.
Big Ten opponent Illinois on Friday, Dec. 8 serves as the home opener for Pitt, who they defeated 30-6 last season in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. They will also travel to take on Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday, Dec. 10, the first matchup between the two programs since 2021, which Pitt lost 30-7.
Pitt will then compete in the prestigious National Collegiate Duals in Nashville, Tenn. from Dec. 18-19. They have guaranteed matchups against Little Rock, Iowa State and Cornell, with Ohio State, NC State, Lock Haven and Northern Iowa in the other group, also looking to win the duals as well.
The Franklin & Marshall Open on Friday, Jan. 5 in Lancaster, Pa. will serve as the first competition back after the Christmas break for Pitt.
They will face two Big 12 opponents the next weekend in Oklahoma State at home on Friday, Jan. 12 and then a trip to Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 14. Pitt lost to Iowa State at home last season on criteria and lost their last dual against Oklahoma State in 2020.
Pitt will take on Arizona State in an exciting matchup on Sunday, Jan. 21 and will face Rider for their last non-conference dual of the season on Thursday, Feb. 22, both at home.
The ACC will provide great duals for Pitt once again, as they look to win the conference outright. NC State comes to town on Friday, Jan. 26 before Pitt travels to take on Duke on Friday, Feb. 2 and North Carolina on Friday, Feb. 9. Pitt will finish their conference duals at home with Virginia Tech on Friday, Feb. 16 and Virginia on Friday, Feb. 23.