ACC Wrestling Championship Brackets Reveal 4 No. 1 Pitt Wrestlers
The ACC launched their Wrestling Championships Brackets Tuesday, revealing who will wrestle who this upcoming Sunday, March 5 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.
The Panthers completed the common season with a duel document of 10-4 total and 4-1 within the ACC. Their ACC document received them a share of the common season title for the primary time beneath head coach Keith Dambrot and the primary because the Panthers received it outright in 2013-14.
Pitt sends 10 wrestlers to the ACC Championships in hopes of profitable their first ever ACC Event Title.
4 Panthers in redshirt seniors, Micky Phillippi at 133 kilos, Cole Matthews at 141 kilos, Holden Heller at 165 kilos and Nino Bonaccorsi at 197 kilos obtained No. 1 seeds. Matthews, Holden Heller and Bonaccorsi received all 5 matches in ACC play, whereas Phillippi solely misplaced as soon as.
Redshirt first-year Luca Augustine obtained a No. 3 bid for profitable three of his 5 matches this season at 174 kilos. Redshirt junior Colton Camacho at 125 kilos, redshirt sophomore Tyler Badgett at 149 kilos, and seniors in Dazjon Casto at 157 kilos and Jake Slinger within the heavyweight class all obtained No. 4 seeds. Redshirt junior Reece Heller obtained a No. 5 seed, the bottom for any Panther.
The NCAA final week additionally launched their allocations for automated qualifiers for every weight class for the ACC. 125 kilos has two qualifiers, 133, 149, 157, 165, 174 and 285 kilos have three qualifiers every, 141 and 197 kilos have 4 qualifiers every and 184 kilos has 5 automated qualifiers.
Because of this the seeding for various brackets has a distinct significance for every wrestler. Reece Heller is a No. 5 seed, all he has to do isn’t end in final place and he’ll transfer on to the NCAA Championships. Augustine, who’s a No. 3 seed, wants a minimum of a 3rd place end to make it to the NCAA Championships.
Bonaccorsi, Matthews, Phillippi are particular locks to contend for ACC titles and to make it to the NCAA Championships. Holden Heller also needs to be a part of them with a positive seed and his dominance in opposition to these in his weight class this season.
Camacho has the toughest draw of any Pitt wrestler with solely two automated qualifiers at 125 kilos, as he must defeat No. 1 NC State redshirt junior Jarrett Trombley, who might be in his dwelling area, within the semifinals. Camacho misplaced to Trombley in an 11-8 choice on Feb. 10.
Slinger has a good shot to earn a spot on the NCAA Championships. He takes on No. 5 UNC senior Brandon Whitman within the first spherical and if he wins, faces off in opposition to No. 1 Duke senior Jonah Niesenbaum. Slinger wrestled Niesenbaum on Feb. 18, dropping in a 5-3 choice.
Badgett will probably have to win a 3rd place match to make it to the NCAA Championships. If Badgett wins his first spherical matchup, he takes on No. 1 Virginia Tech first-year Caleb Henson, who defeated him in a 14-2 main choice on Jan. 27. A rematch with No. 3 Virginia graduate Jarod Verkleeren, who he misplaced an in depth 5-3 choice to on Jan. 20, ought to determine if his season goes ahead or not.
Casto faces the best odds to make a closing spot, as he faces off in opposition to No. 1 North Carolina graduate Austin O’Connor within the semifinals if he makes it there. Casto did upset O’Connor on the 2022 NCAA Championships, however hasn’t proven this season the dominance he has in previous years. If there’s a time for Casto to indicate his strengths as a wrestler, his first and final ACC Championships is the place to do it.
The ACC Wrestling Championships start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 5. Semifinals begin at 1 p.m. after which consolations are at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The ACC Community will televise the finals at 7 p.m.
Blake Hinson’s Choice Coming Quickly Concerning NBA Draft, Return to Pitt
Pitt’s Blake Hinson is at present going by way of the NBA Draft course of, testing the waters and seeing what it takes to make it to the subsequent stage.
On April 21, Hinson introduced that he could be coming into the NBA Draft early entry course of whereas retaining his school eligibility, releasing the next assertion.
“I really like the sport of basketball and am consistently on the lookout for alternatives to measure myself towards high competitors,” Hinson mentioned. “By coming into the NBA early entry draft course of whereas retaining my eligibility to return to Pitt for my senior season, I can additional take a look at myself and obtain further suggestions that may finally assist make me a greater participant. I’m enthusiastic about this chance and grateful for the assist of Coach Capel and the Pitt basketball household.”
Hinson has one week left to make his resolution, because the Could 31 deadline to take away his identify from NBA Draft consideration is approaching.
Earlier than enjoying for Pitt this previous yr, Hinson spent two years with Ole Miss and in addition frolicked with the Iowa State program. After spending two seasons away from recreation motion, he jumped into a large position for the Panthers of their greatest season beneath Jeff Capel.
Hinson lately confirmed off his expertise on the Influence Basketball Professional Day, catching the attention of scouts.
“6’7 Pitt and All ACC junior Blake Hinson confirmed that he’s a straight up gamer as soon as dwell actin began at @ImpactBBall professional day,” SLAM Journal’s Rodger Bohn tweeted. “The properly constructed ahead shot the ball properly from NBA 3pt vary and was excellent hitting cutters from perimeter. Nonetheless holds school eligibility.”
6’7 #Pitt and All #ACC junior Blake Hinson confirmed that he is a straight up gamer as soon as dwell motion began at @impactbball professional day. The properly constructed ahead shot the ball properly from NBA 3PT vary and was excellent hitting cutters from perimeter. Nonetheless holds school eligibility.#H2P pic.twitter.com/loDV7O9bbx
— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) Could 22, 2023
Assistant Quarterback Coach Jonathan DiBiaso No Longer With Pitt
A little bit of an eye fixed elevating personnel transfer on the Pitt soccer employees passed off over the past couple of days.
It seems as if offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso has been let go. No official announcement has been made by the Pitt program, however he’s now not listed on the group’s web site.
On Tuesday, DiBiaso’s twitter account was gone, a few hours later it reappeared and now it’s again down.
This information began to leak yesterday and over the past 24 hours, the one info that Pittsburgh Sports activities Now has solely been in a position to acquire from sources was that DiBiaso is now not with Pitt. PSN reached out to DiBiaso himself however no particulars for his dismissal/departure had been supplied.
Usually this wouldn’t be that massive of a deal however over the past yr since arriving with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr., DiBiaso has been wonderful recruiter for the Panthers and due to his ties to the world, has opened up recruiting within the Massachusetts/Connecticut space for Pitt. DiBiaso seemed to be a rising recruiting star on the Panthers employees.
PSN will proceed to work on this story, and we’ll solely report on confirmed info and gained’t report on rumors.
2024 3-Star OL Mason Lindsay Constructing Good Relationship With Pitt
As Marcus Minor entered the NFL Draft final month, Mason Lindsay took discover. He didn’t maintain a suggestion from Pitt then, however he knew the place Minor had performed the previous couple of seasons.
It took a couple of month, however Lindsay — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound three-star offensive lineman from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland — lastly picked up a suggestion from Andre Powell and Pitt this week.
“My relationship with Pitt has been fairly good,” Lindsay instructed PSN. “I speak to teach Andre Powell essentially the most.”
Blessed to obtain a suggestion from The College of Pittsburgh #AGTG @tanksdaman2 @RivalsFriedman @CoachMcGregor @DMCoachbrown6 pic.twitter.com/5VtkMiYFEg
— Mason lindsay (@MasonLindsay19) Might 22, 2023
Lindsay has picked up presents from Boston School, Charlotte, Maine, Maryland, Pitt, USF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia all through his recruiting course of, and as his course of heats up, he might want to decide the place he matches greatest.
He hasn’t been to Pittsburgh but, however he’s fairly aware of Pitt. He watched Minor signal a minicamp take care of the Baltimore Ravens final month, however he’s additionally been capable of watch Pitt play through the years. He’s felt a very good vibe from Pitt, seeing his aggressive but conservative model of play mesh properly with what he’s seen.
And as a junior at DeMatha final season, serving as a flexible piece throughout the offensive line, lining up inside and outdoors, Lindsay used his pace and energy to overwhelm opponents. It’s his skill to maul opponents that has attracted main school curiosity.
“I like to attend to see what my opponent goes to throw at me earlier than making a transfer, however after I make it, it’s going to be laborious and robust,” Lindsay stated.
The key recruiting providers haven’t rated Lindsay but, however he does maintain a 5.5 Rivals Ranking. And if he’s capable of put collectively a robust summer time, he ought to solely rise on all three recruiting providers going ahead.
Lindsay hasn’t been very vocal about the place he’s visited to this point this spring, however he stated that he plans to take a go to to Pittsburgh very quickly.
Pitt has landed commitments from three-star offensive linemen Adham Abouraya and Jiavani Cooley, each from Pennsylvania, this cycle, and there will definitely be one other lineman or two added to the category.
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