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Contained in the Locker Room: Panthers Preview Iowa State Matchup in Greensboro



GREENSBORO, N.C. — Forward of Pitt’s recreation in opposition to Iowa State within the Spherical of 64 of the NCAA Match, the Panthers ready for the Cyclones with a lightweight observe on Thursday.

Hear from the Panthers’ Federiko Federiko, Jamarius Burton, Nelly Cummings, Will Jeffress, and Nate Santos proper earlier than they took the courtroom for observe.



Pitt’s 2024 Recruiting Class Rises Inside High 20 Following Current Dedication



There at the moment are 5 verbal commitments in Pitt’s class of 2024, all earlier than the month of April, and the category is ranked wherever from 18 to twenty-eight by nationwide shops.

With two four-star recruits in large receiver DayDay Farmer (Cocoa, Florida) and defensive lineman Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and three three-stars in operating again Juelz Goff (York, Pennsylvania), and defensive linemen Ty Yuhas (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Francis Brewu (Columbus, Ohio), there’s a stable basis to the category.

Right here’s the place the three main nationwide shops rank Pitt’s early class of 2024:

247Sports — 18

Rivals — 21

On3 — 28

It’s early, after all, and plenty of will level out that every one 5 are verbal commitments, however nonetheless, all 5 are at the moment in line to change into Pitt Panthers come December.

Pitt has stocked up early on defensive linemen, which will probably be a necessity as Pitt misplaced 5 defensive linemen final season and can lose a handful extra after this coming season. Whittington is the crown jewel, the primary commit within the class, however he’s joined by high-upside guys in Yuhas and Brewu — who introduced his dedication in the present day.

Farmer is Pitt’s top-ranked recruit within the class, a Christmas Day current by way of Tiquan Underwood, and he’s the type of shifty, speedy large receiver that may have the ability to are available and make an instantaneous influence on the offense.

After both not touchdown a operating again (or not having the dedication work out) for a number of cycles, Pitt landed two in 2023 and shortly snapped up Goff on this cycle following his Junior Day go to.

With Pitt persevering with to herald recruits for spring practices, and official visits looming this summer season, Pitt is within the technique of placing collectively an enormous class in 2024.

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Pitt Sends 4 Wrestlers into the Spherical of 16 on the NCAA Wrestling Championships



TULSA, Okla. — Pitt had a stable displaying within the Spherical of 32 on the NCAA Wrestling Championships on the BOK Middle Thursday morning, placing 4 wrestlers into the Spherical of 16.

No. 9 Pitt redshirt senior Micky Phillippi (14-3) fell behind early to No. 24 Oklahoma State’s Wyatt Henson (18-13) at 133 kilos, as Henson made a takedown on him within the first interval. He got here again with two escapes after which used a takedown within the third interval to make sure a 4-2 choice in his favor.

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No. 3 Panthers redshirt senior Cole Matthews (20-1) rode No. 30 Clarion’s Seth Koleno (21-10) for 2 minutes of driving time within the second interval at 141 kilos. Matthews then made an escape, a takedown and received a 4-1 choice over Koleno.

No. 20 Pitt redshirt senior Holden Heller (15-6) discovered himself in lots of troublesome positions all through his match with rival No. 13 Penn State’s Alex Facundo (18-5). Holden Heller used his means to scramble to make an escape and a takedown to guide by means of two intervals.

Facundo tried to earn a takedown by means of the third interval, however Heller flipped it on him and bought a takedown on him to earn an upset with a 5-3 choice.

Holden Heller stated submit match that he spoke to Matthews previous to taking over Facundo. Matthews’ phrases of recommendation had been that “Nobody can beat you” and he took that to coronary heart into that match.

“I at all times attempt to get the place I’m good,” Holden Heller stated. “I’m good on [both elbows]. I’m at all times actually good with a man in on a leg. That was not a singular place for me. I most likely get there each single day, lots of of instances truthfully. I’m snug from there and I do know what to do from there. There’s quite a lot of trial and error in follow, however I do know what works. I ended up there within the match and it labored in my favor.”

No. 28 Pitt redshirt first-year Luca Augustine battled all through with the closely favored No. 5 Dustin Plott of Oklahoma State at 174 kilos .  Plott received a 3-2 choice with a takedown late, forcing Augustine into the Consolations.

No. 16 Panthers redshirt junior Reece Heller confronted off in opposition to No. 17 Lehigh’s Tate Samuelson in a rematch at 184 kilos. Reece Heller won a 7-6 choice over Samuelson on Nov. 19 in a duel match at dwelling. 

Reece Heller took a 2-1 lead into the third interval, however Samuelson managed to pin him at 5:45 to get revenge from earlier within the season.

No. 1 Pitt redshirt senior Nino Bonaccorsi (17-0) simply defeated No. 32 North Carolina’s Max Shaw in a 10-1 main choice at 197 kilos. Bonaccorsi made 5 takedowns within the victory over Shaw, who he additionally beat on Feb. 3 at dwelling in a duel match.

Pitt will wrestle once more tonight at 7 p.m. EST within the Spherical of 32 and Consolations. Keep tuned for protection from Pittsburgh Sports activities Now of Pitt wrestling for the NCAA Championships these three days.

Spherical of 32 

133-No. 9 Micky Phillippi vs. No. 8 Minnesota’s Aaron Nagao (19-4)

141-No. 3 Cole Matthews vs. No 14 Northern Iowa’s Cael Happel (17-6)

165-No. 20 Holden Heller vs. No. 29 Michigan State’s Caleb Fish (27-9)

197-Nino Bonaccorsi vs. No. 16 North Dakota State’s Owen Pentz (18-7)


174-No. 28 Luca Augustine vs. No. 21 Colorado’s Lennox Wolak

184-No. 16 Reece Heller vs. No. 33 West Virginia’s Anthony Carman (18-14)

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Pitt Lands Dedication From 2024 3-Star DL Francis Brewu



It will possibly typically be so simple as simply having that intestine feeling. When you realize, you realize. And Francis Brewu definitely knew he needed Pitt.

After Brewu — a 6-foot-2, 270-pound three-star defensive sort out from Thomas Worthington Excessive in Columbus, Ohio — made a go to to Pitt for the primary spring follow of the 12 months Tuesday, he gave Charlie Partridge a name Wednesday night time to let him know the excellent news.

Brewu dedicated to Pitt Wednesday night time over provides from Akron, Military, Ball State, Boston School, Bowling Inexperienced, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (Oh.), Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.

“The primary purpose is simply coach Partridge is without doubt one of the greatest ever, so the issues they do with guys my dimension are simply second to none,” Brewu instructed PSN. “For instance, Calijah Kancey, I really obtained an opportunity to satisfy him after I was down there, and he’s only a man who’s round my precise dimension.

“He’s clearly going to be within the first spherical of the draft class this 12 months, and the NFL is an enormous objective of mine, so I feel if there’s a spot that I wish to go to get that carried out, Pitt’s the place to be.”

It’s been a relationship between Brewu and Pitt that has progressed quickly since a go to in late January. He made a visit to Pittsburgh for Pitt’s Junior Day on Jan. 28, which is when he formally picked up his supply, and he made it again out Tuesday for follow.

Brewu had visits deliberate for Ohio State, Northwestern and Iowa State (and had already made visits to Cincinnati and Toledo) this spring, however after his go to at Pitt, he discovered the place he seems like he must be.

“I actually didn’t have plans to commit going into the go to, simply after I obtained down and sat with coach Partridge and simply talked soccer and method, I used to be simply actually amazed to see the extent of data he had,” Brewu stated. “I simply felt that it might be nice for him to be my coach, so I made the choice.”

It was a mutual feeling when it got here to Brewu’s need to be coached by one of the best line of defense coach in faculty soccer. Partridge definitely performed a big half in bringing Brewu to Pitt, but it surely wasn’t simply Partridge both. Ryan Manalac was one other key determine in constructing the connection.

And as an “undersized” defensive lineman, one who tries to mannequin his recreation off of former Pitt All-People in Aaron Donald and Calijah Kancey, Brewu seems like he’s an ideal match within the system — a continuation of the linemen Pitt has been pumping out.

There’s a stage of quickness off the road and a level of hand-to-hand aggression that jumps off the web page when watching Kancey and Donald, and it’s these two areas Brewu prides himself on. They’re explosive, highly effective gamers (in a position to undergo or round offensive linemen), and Brewu’s objective is to mannequin himself off of each “undersized” linemen with an analogous stage of pace and energy.

As a junior at Thomas Worthington, he flashed his pace and energy, racking up 74 tackles (42 solo), 25 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries on the line of defense.

“I simply really feel like I match completely in that system as a result of they run a four-man system they usually run a vertical system, so you may get vertical,” Brewu stated.

247Sports charges Brewu because the 784th-ranked recruit within the class (Seventy fifth-ranked defensive lineman and Thirty fifth-ranked recruit from Ohio) whereas On3 charges him because the 858th-ranked recruit within the class (82nd-ranked defensive lineman and Thirty sixth-ranked recruit from Ohio).

Rivals hasn’t rated Brewu but, however he does maintain a 5.6 Rivals Score — and he needs to be ranked in coming re-rankings.

No matter rankings, Pitt’s teaching employees — which doesn’t usually miss on defensive linemen — noticed plenty of traits in Brewu that they valued. And Brewu, on the opposite aspect, noticed the right alternative when committing to Pitt.

“It feels nice,” Brewu stated. “It actually does really feel nice as a result of Pitt’s been one of many dream faculties of mine, so it’s an excellent accomplishment to have the ability to have the chance to go to a dream college.”

Brewu is Pitt’s fifth commit within the class of 2024, the third defensive lineman — becoming a member of four-star Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Ty Yuhas (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Pitt has additionally landed four-star broad receiver DayDay Farmer (Cocoa, Florida) and three-star operating again Juelz Goff (York, Pennsylvania).

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