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NCAA Releases Championships Brackets, Revealing Placements for Pitt Wrestlers



The NCAA have launched the brackets for the Wrestling Championships, revealing placements for Pitt wrestlers and their journeys to attain excessive placements and Nationwide Titles.

The NCAA Wrestling Championships will play out beginning this Thursday March 16 via Saturday March 18 on the BOK Heart in Tulsa, Okla. Panthers head coach Keith Gavin is in his sixth season as head coach and can carry six wrestlers with him to this season’s Championships.

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Redshirt senior Nino Bonaccorsi completed his season undefeated with a 16-0 file, giving him the No. 1 seed at 197 kilos. He’s the primary Pitt wrestler to earn this achievement since Gavin did it in 2008. Gavin additionally gained the Nationwide Title at 174 kilos with an ideal file, the final Pitt wrestler to attain each feats.

Bonaccorsi gained his second straight ACC Title at 197 kilos towards NC State sophomore Isaac Trumble in Raleigh, N.C. final Sunday in a 2-1 resolution. That is his fifth straight 12 months as an NCAA qualifier, as he made it twice at 184 kilos and the final 3 times at 197 kilos. Bonaccorsi’s greatest end on the Championships got here in 2021, the place he made it to the ultimate because the No. 6 seed, earlier than dropping to No. 4 A.J. Ferrari of Oklahoma State.

Nino Bonaccorsi November 18, 2022 David Hague/PSN

He’ll face the winner of No. 32 UNC redshirt junior Max Shaw (14-10) or No. 32 Penn junior Cole Urbas (17-13) within the First Spherical. Bonaccorsi defeated Shaw in a 7-2 resolution on Feb. 3 on the Petersen Occasions Heart and defeated him in 2022 and 2021 as effectively for a 3-0 profession file towards him.

Redshirt senior Cole Matthews had a 19-1 file within the 2022-23 season and earned a No. 3 seed at 141 kilos on the Championships.

Matthews’ sole loss got here towards West Virginia redshirt first-year Jordan Titus at dwelling on Jan. 8 in a 3-1 resolution.

He gained his second straight ACC title towards NC State sophomore Ryan Jack in a 3-1 resolution final Sunday and can compete in his fourth straight NCAA Championships. He completed in fifth place final season, the best end for a Pitt wrestler within the 2022 NCAA Championships.

Matthews takes on No. 30 Clarion senior Seth Koleno (21-9) within the First Spherical on Thursday.

Pitt’s Cole Matthews wrestles at N.C. State on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports activities Now)

Redshirt senior Micky Phillippi has yet one more shot for a Nationwide Title at 133 kilos and comes into the NCAA Championships because the No. 9 seed.

Phillippi completed with a 13-3 file within the 2022-23 season. He made it to the ACC Last for his fifth straight season however misplaced to NC State redshirt sophomore Kai Orine in a 3-1 sudden victory, for his second misplaced towards Orine this season.

Like Bonaccorsi, Phillippi is a five-time consecutive NCAA qualifier. He has reached the quarterfinals twice however has by no means positioned on the Championships.

Phillippi faces off towards No. 24 Iowa junior Brody Teske (9-4) within the First Spherical on Thursday.

Pitt wrestler Micky Phillippi vs UNC wrestler Jace Palmer within the 133 class February 3, 2023 David Hague

Brothers in redshirt junior Reece Heller and redshirt senior Holden Heller transferred from Hofstra final season and are actually of their first NCAA Championships collectively.

Reece Heller positioned at No. 16 at 184 kilos with an 18-8 file this season. He’ll tackle No. 17 Lehigh senior Tate Samuelson (21-7) within the First Spherical. Reece Heller defeated Samuelson in a 7-6 resolution on Nov. 19 at dwelling on this season’s first matchup.

Holden Heller has a 14-6 file and completed in Third Place on the ACC Championships final Sunday at 165 kilos. He earned a No. 20 seed this week and can compete in his second NCAA Championships, as he made it there in 2021 as a redshirt sophomore at 157 kilos.

Holden Heller will face off towards No. 13 rival Penn State redshirt first-year Alex Facundo (18-4) within the First Spherical.

Redshirt first-year Luca Augustine (15-9) is the bottom seed of any Panther at No. 28 at 174 kilos. He had a powerful finish to his season, ending in Third Place on the ACC Championships to earn the final computerized qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships.

He has a giant activity forward of him within the First Spherical, as he wrestles No. 5 Oklahoma State junior Dustin Plott (21-4), who can have a positive dwelling crowd in Tulsa.

Pittsburgh Sports activities Now will likely be in Tulsa offering protection on the NCAA Wrestling Championships this week across the clock, so ensure that to get your Pitt wrestling protection right here. The schedule for NCAA Wrestling Championships appears like this. All instances are within the japanese customary time zone.

Thursday, March 16

Session 1 – 12:00 pm (Preliminaries & First Spherical)

Session 2 – 7:00 pm (Candy 16 & Consolations)

Friday, March 17

Session 3 – 12:00 pm (Quarterfinals & Consolations)

Session 4 – 8:00 pm (Championship Semifinals & Spherical of 12)

Saturday, March 18

Session 5 – 11:00 am (Putting Matches)

Session 6 – 7:00 pm (Championship Finals)


How Does Pitt’s Offensive Line Depth Stack Up Over the Subsequent Three Seasons?



There’s a really excessive chance that Pitt’s class of 2024 will add a handful of offensive linemen, it’s already began with three-star Jiavani Cooley, and that’s only the start of the pipeline.

Lots will change over the subsequent three seasons — over the subsequent three weeks even — so that is only a tough sketch of the long run, however it’s all we’ve received proper now.

We all know deal about what to anticipate for the 2023 season, however even that’s topic to vary with camp developments and accidents. That is only a take a look at Pitt’s depth alongside the offensive line within the wake of Cooley’s dedication Saturday.

There can be new commitments, those that will resolve to switch out of this system and sudden developments in terms of the NFL and people rising inside the system. You possibly can’t predict all of it, so that is only a tough sketch.


Sort out — Matt Goncalves (R-Sr.), Branson Taylor (R-Jr.), Ryan Baer (R-Fr.), Trey Andersen (R-So.), Ryan Carretta (Fr.), Tai Ray (Fr.)

Guard — Blake Zubovic (R-Sr.), Ryan Jacoby (R-Sr.), Jason Collier (R-Sr.), Terrence Enos Jr. (R-So.), Dorien Ford (R-So.), Isaiah Montgomery (R-Fr.)

Middle — Jake Kradel (R-Sr.), Terrence Moore (R-So.), BJ Williams (Fr.)

We all know who’s again, and certain, who’s going to be beginning heading into Week 1 towards Wofford in September.

As of proper now, barring accidents or a really fast rise from Ryan Baer, the beginning 5 goes to be Branson Taylor (LT), Ryan Jacoby (LG), Jake Kradel (C), Blake Zubovic (RG) and Matt Goncalves (RT).

It’s a really stable beginning line, with some veteran expertise and youthful expectation, and there’s a stable second unit ready within the wings. Baer goes to start out on Pitt’s offensive line for a number of seasons (perhaps even subsequent season), and there are inside choices instantly in Terrence Moore, Jason Collier Jr. and Terrence Enos Jr.

Dorien Ford is getting his first style of taking part in on the offensive facet of the soccer this spring, so he’s somebody to look at for the long run.


Sixth seasons: Matt Goncalves (R-Sr.), Ryan Jacoby (R-Sr.) and Jason Collier Jr. (R-Sr.)

Sort out — Branson Taylor (R-Sr.), Ryan Baer (R-So.), Trey Andersen (R-Jr.), Ryan Carretta (R-Fr.), Tai Ray (R-Fr.), Jiavani Cooley (Fr.)

Guard — Terrence Enos Jr. (R-Jr.), Dorien Ford (R-Jr.), Isaiah Montgomery (R-So.)

Middle — Terrence Moore (R-Jr.), BJ Williams (R-Fr.)

That is the place the hypothesis begins, after all.

Kradel and Zubovic can have exhausted their eligibility, and Goncalves and Jacoby can have decisions to make.

If Goncalves performs properly in 2023, I count on him to go off to the NFL. If he returns, it can seemingly be to start out as soon as once more. The jury is out on Jacoby — we’ll must see how he performs this coming season.

I count on Jason Collier Jr. to compete for a depth position on the offensive line in 2023, and if he chooses to make use of a sixth season in 2024, he might compete for a beginning spot. However let’s function on the idea that he’s carried out.

A full season of Taylor and Baer beginning on the deal with spots may be very intriguing. I feel Baer at left deal with and Taylor at proper deal with is a really, very enviable place.

Enos will seemingly have spent the 2023 season as one of many first tackles off the bench, and Ford can have been capable of put in a full season (and offseason) on the offensive line getting into the 2024 season. I imply, come on, they’re each about 6-foot-4, 320 kilos. That’s the sort of beef you want inside.

Baer-Taylor and Enos-Ford, with Moore lastly beginning at middle, is a really good long-term state of affairs.


Sixth season: Branson Taylor (R-Sr.)

Sort out — Ryan Baer (R-Jr.), Trey Andersen (R-Sr.), Ryan Carretta (R-So.), Tai Ray (R-So.), Jiavani Cooley (R-So.)

Guard — Terrence Enos Jr. (R-Sr.), Dorien Ford (R-Sr.), Isaiah Montgomery (R-Jr.)

Middle — Terrence Moore (R-Sr.), BJ William (R-So.)

If Taylor begins for 2 full seasons at Pitt, both left or proper deal with (plus his cameo in 2022), I’d count on the NFL will come calling. He’s massive, sturdy and quick.

So, if he’s gone, Pitt might want to discover a complement to Baer — who could or will not be pushing All-ACC, All-American standing. He’s that sort of expertise. Andersen can have spent practically a profession within the system, and by then, Carretta, Ray and Cooley could have carried out sufficient to step into the highlight.

Enos and Ford will each return (in the event that they resolve) as seniors, and Isaiah Montgomery can have waited his flip behind them. Moore can have entered his second season because the beginning middle.

Lots might change between now and the 2025 season, however Pitt has the sort of younger expertise on the offensive line to be excited concerning the future.

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Pitt Signee Carlton Carrington Makes Capital Metropolis Basic All-Star Crew



Pitt signee Carlton Carrington has had an unbelievable 12 months.

This 12 months, the longer term Panther scored over 1,000 factors, led his St. Frances Academy crew to 29 wins, gained MVP at 5 totally different occasions, and dedicated to play for Jeff Capel’s Panthers.

Now, the most recent accomplishment for Carrington is one other massive one. Carrington was chosen to compete on the Capital Metropolis Basic All-Star crew, together with a number of of the very best gamers within the area. Carrington and his teammates, together with Amani Hansberry (Illinois commit) and Jahnathan Lamothe (Maryland), will compete on April 29 at Leisure and Sports activities Area in Washington D.C.

Carrington, a primary crew all Baltimore Catholic League choice, dedicated to Pitt again in June, deciding on the Panthers simply days after ’22 level guard Dior Johnson dedicated to this system as effectively.

Carrington is a 6-foot-4 capturing guard out of Baltimore, Maryland who’s ranked because the No. 97 participant within the nation in response to 247 Sports activities.

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North Hills Star Royce Parham Narrows Recruitment to 4 Groups, Contains Pitt



North Hills ahead Royce Parham is likely one of the largest names — and gamers — in WPIAL hoops in the intervening time.

The four-star ahead, who simply completed up his junior 12 months, has now narrowed his recruitment, trimming his checklist to 4 colleges. On Friday, On3’s Joe Tipton introduced that Parham is all the way down to Pitt, Marquette, Penn State, and Xavier.

Over the previous two years, he picked up presents from TCU, Penn State, Wisconsin, Xavier, VCU, George Mason, and others, however has now narrowed his checklist all the way down to his prime 4. The Panthers’ employees has been targeted on Parham’s recruitment for years and have had assistant coaches at his video games all through this season.

Marquette’s Shaka Sensible has visited Pittsburgh to observe Parham play quite a few instances this 12 months, together with as lately as mid-February.

Parham’s mom, Kimberly, performed for Penn State, and holds this system report for blocked pictures there. The Nittany Lions certainly have an opportunity at Parham, as do the remainder of the colleges within the combine.

Xavier and head coach Sean Miller have additionally stayed per Parham all through his high-school profession, visiting him quite a few instances.


Parham stands at 6-foot-8 and performs the ahead place. He ranks because the No. 69 participant within the class of 2024 based on the 247 Sports activities Composite rankings.

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