BLACKSBURG, Va. (KDKA) – The Pitt Panthers took home second place honors at the 60th Annual ACC Wrestling Championship on Saturday.
The Panthers’ team total of 67 points was 20 points behind Virginia Tech, who have now won this event two years in a row.
Virginia Tech also hosted the championships this year at Cassell Coliseum.
“Our hats go off to Virginia Tech. They deserved to win after the way they wrestled today,” Pitt head coach Jason Peters said in a statement. “It’s disappointing, especially when so many close matches go against you. But you can’t always win in wrestling, and our guys know that. Now we have a week and a half to get better and prepare to perform well at nationals in Oklahoma City.”
Tyler Wilps (174 pounds) was the only Pitt wrestler to win an individual championship. Wilps claimed the title with a 7-2 victory over Virginia’s Stephen Doty.
Four other Pitt wrestlers took home second place individual honors: Anthony Zanetta (125), Edgar Bright (141), Mikey Racciato (149) and Max Thomusseit (184)
Shelton Mack (133) took home third place.
Now, the Panthers set their sights on the NCAA Division I Wresting Tournament, which will be held in Oklahoma City.
The tournament starts on March 20.