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No. 18 Pitt Defeats North Carolina, 21-11, to Take Sole Possession of First Place within the ACC



PITTSBURGH — No. 18 Pitt confronted off towards North Carolina Friday night time on the Petersen Occasions Middle in a battle of two undefeated ACC squads. Strong wrestling from Pitt gave them the 21-11 victory within the duel and places them alone on high of the convention.

The Panthers (9-2 general, 3-0 ACC) win their fourth straight duel with this victory. The win for the Panthers additionally ends a seven match dropping streak to the Tar Heels (6-7 general, 2-1 ACC) that began in 2016.

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Panthers head coach Keith Gavin stated that it was a fantastic win towards a tricky opponent within the Tar Heels. He preferred his group’s effort and that he hopes to see his group construct on this effort.

“I believe we’re coming collectively on the proper time,” Gavin stated. “It’s a tricky convention the place you don’t know what can occur so. It’s a superb time to be wrestling nicely and I really feel like we’re doing that.”

No. 2 Redshirt senior Nino Bonaccorsi (11-0) began Pitt off within the match at 197 kilos and totally dispatched UNC redshirt junior Max Shaw (11-7) in a 7-2 resolution. This makes it two straight seasons he defeated Shaw, as he received a 7-1 resolution towards him in 2022.

No. 5 First-year Dayton Pitzer (7-1) continued the Panthers’ nice begin within the heavyweight class. He wrestled nicely and earned a 6-0 resolution over Tar Heels senior Brandon Whitman (9-13) to place the Panthers up 6-0.

Pitt No. 33 redshirt senior Colton Camacho (13-7) fought exhausting with UNC No. 19 graduate Jack Wagner (19-5) at 125 kilos. Camacho led for a lot of the match, however Wagner managed to tie it up at 8-8 to drive it into sudden victory, the place Wagner received the match on a takedown, 10-8.

No. 6 redshirt senior Micky Phillippi (10-1) acquired the Panthers again on observe at 133 kilos, profitable an 8-2 resolution over Tar Heels redshirt first-year Jace Palmer (12-10).

Pitt No. 3 redshirt senior Cole Matthews (14-1) and UNC No. 13 redshirt first-year Lachlan McNeil (18-5) battled within the largest match of the night time at 141 kilos. Matthews used a takedown and an escape to win a 3-2 resolution over McNeil and to maintain the momentum with Pitt.

Panthers No. 29 Tyler Badgett (15-8) received his first ACC duel of the season towards Tar Heels first-year Jayden Scott (14-6) at 149 kilos. He held Scott down for a lot of the second interval to earn using time and an escape within the third interval for a 2-0 resolution.

Pitt first-year Jared Keslar (11-3) stood no likelihood towards North Carolina No. 3 Austin O’Connor (14-0) at 157 kilos. O’Connor used a number of takedowns to win a 24-8 technical fall, reducing the Pitt result in seven at 15-7.

No. 23 redshirt senior Holden Heller (10-4) simply dealt with Tar Heels redshirt senior Joey Mazzara (13-8) in a 12-5 resolution at 165 kilos to assist the Panthers get nearer to victory.

Pitt redshirt first-year Luca Augustine (11-7) confronted a tricky problem in UNC No. 8 graduate Clay Lautt (18-5) at 174 kilos. Neither managed to attain any factors in addition to every making an escape and they also headed to sudden victory. They once more failed to attain, that means they headed to tiebreakers.

Augustine acquired a straightforward escape to begin off and held off assaults from Lautt to earn the upset in a 2-1 resolution and basically clinched the duel victory for the Panthers.

Augustine stated that he regarded for the offense from Lautt the entire time and that he might want to work on his recreation when he doubtless faces off towards Lautt within the ACC Championships in March

“At first, I felt the hand combat,” Augustine stated on his match with Lautt. “I felt robust within the hand combat, I felt good. Then, as time form of went on, he’s form of loosened up a bit bit, I felt a bit little bit of his photographs approaching. I didn’t actually have a snug shot, wasn’t actually comfy in my offense but, so I couldn’t actually discover too many photographs there, if any in any respect. I did have that fast escape, which helped and that’s the primary motive I received that match there.”

Panthers No. 18 redshirt junior Reece Heller (15-4) completed the match with a battle towards Tar Heels No. 13 junior Gavin Kane (19-4) at 184 kilos. Each wrestlers competed nicely, however Kane used two takedowns, an escape plus using time to win a 6-3 resolution.

Pitt finishes this weekend off with a match towards No. 3 Iowa State Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Discipline Home.

Augustine believes that his teammates are wrestling at their finest proper now and simply must hold the momentum going the remainder of the 12 months.

“We’re wrestling actually good proper now,” Augustine stated. “We’re wrestling with quite a lot of confidence and I really like the combat. I believe we simply must hold this vitality going. We had some powerful losses firstly of the season, however we bounced proper again and we simply must hold this vitality up and we are able to beat anyone.”


Vukovcan: The Pitt Basketball Rebuild Reaches One other Milestone; Get pleasure from it, Panther Followers



The rebuild of the Pitt males’s basketball program reached an enormous milestone on Sunday night.

Now not do individuals related to the group (and followers) should reference again to 2015-16 when speaking about March Insanity and the NCAA Match.

As a result of this 2023 Pitt group goes dancing.

Though it was by a slimmer margin than lots of people thought it might be, Pitt was one of many 68 groups chosen for the lads’s basketball event.

Regardless of opening and shutting the season with runs of 1-3, the Panthers did sufficient in between these eight video games, together with wins over Northwestern, Virginia, NC State, Miami and North Carolina to earn a event bid. We came upon after the Choice Present that these wins over North Carolina proved to be giant as a result of the Tar Heels had been the third group excluded from the sector, proper behind Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

I’ll should admit, it was enjoyable tuning in to CBS and feeling nervous and a few anxiousness to search out out whether or not Pitt would make it. More often than not through the Jamie Dixon period everybody knew Pitt was going to be within the discipline, it was only a matter of what seed they’d obtain.

That wasn’t the case yesterday and if there have been a couple of extra bid stealers, Pitt wouldn’t have acquired a bid. That’s how shut issues had been to having a very totally different emotion round Pitt this Monday morning.

Whereas most individuals are excited in regards to the upcoming alternative to look at Pitt this week and probably choose them for a pair rounds in a March Insanity bracket ballot that they might be enjoying, not everyone seems to be pleased.

I suppose the saying is true that you would be able to’t please everybody.

The truth that Pitt is enjoying within the First 4 video games has some followers upset–and even embarrassed–feeling as if the First 4 video games aren’t actual event video games.

Initially, that’s fully ridiculous. The event discipline has 68 groups, and the First 4 groups have the identical likelihood to win the title as everybody else, so, sure Pitt is an actual event group.

So far as being upset at being an 11 seed, they need to really feel extraordinarily lucky to be an 11 seed as an alternative of 8, 9 and even 10 seed.

If the aim is to have the perfect path and likelihood to win as many video games as potential, appropriately, Pitt finds themselves in an ideal spot.

On no account am I saying that Pitt’s potential schedule is straightforward, however I do consider they’ve been matched up with perfect opponents and the actual likelihood to advance to subsequent weekend. I positive as heck would moderately have Pitt’s draw than being a No. 8 or No. 9 seed with the winner enjoying a No. 1 seed. Or, being the No. 10 seed, who will play the next No. 7 seeds: Michigan State, Missouri or Texas A&M.

Mississippi State is a defensive oriented group, that isn’t a powerful offensive group, so if Pitt’s 3-point taking pictures is on, they’ll have a great likelihood to win. After that, odds are that it might be a matchup towards Iowa State (19-13), a group that’s misplaced 5 of their final seven video games.

The opposite profit that Pitt ought to obtain by enjoying on this First 4 sport, is that it provides Pitt followers the chance to make the four-hour drive to Dayton to look at and assist their group. I’d be stunned and upset if UD Area isn’t full of lots of people sporting blue and yellow.

This season is successful and one thing that Jeff Capel will have the ability to use as a springboard into subsequent yr, it doesn’t matter what occurs towards Mississippi State.

Nonetheless, if Pitt is ready to earn a win tomorrow, that may simply be the cherry on the sundae for this magical season.

Objective No. 1 for Capel in his try to actually rebuild Pitt was to have a successful season, particularly throughout the ACC. He checked that field. Objective No. 2 was to qualify for the NCAA Match, both this season or subsequent. That was additionally achieved.

Now the aim turns into for Pitt to win their first NCAA Match sport because the 2013-14 season.

Though it received’t be straightforward as Mississippi State are the early favorites, Pitt’s likelihood of checking one other field grew to become extra lifelike due to being chosen because the eleventh seed.

The Insanity begins formally begins tomorrow. Get pleasure from it and don’t take these moments without any consideration Panther followers!

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Florida State Edges Out Pitt, 5-3, to Take 2-0 Sequence Lead



After an further innings loss on Friday evening, Pitt fell once more to Florida State on Saturday afternoon at Mike Martin Area at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee because the Seminoles edged out the Panthers, 5-3.

With the loss, Pitt is now 7-8 on the season and 0-2 in ACC play. The Panthers will wrap up its ACC opening collection with Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Seminoles acquired out of the gates with 4 runs within the backside of the primary to take a 4-0 lead. Jaime Ferrer acquired issues began by singling by way of the left facet to knock in a run. Jordan Carrion then doubled to proper area to deliver house one other run, and identical to that, Florida State led 2-0. Cam Smith concluded the inning by singling by way of the left facet to earn two extra runs for the Seminoles. To say the least, it was a tough opening inning for Pitt righty Kyle Mosley.

The Panthers had bases loaded with no person out after walks by Noah Martinez and Jack Anderson and a single by Kyle Hess within the prime of the fourth. Issues appeared promising for Pitt to get some runs, however Florida State lefty Wyatt Crowell had different concepts. Crowell struck out two Pitt batters and compelled an out at house plate to retire the facet.

Jayden Melendez hit a solo shot within the prime of the seventh to deliver the Panthers inside three runs at 4-1. Hess then acquired walked with the bases loaded to deliver house one other run for Pitt. Jamie Arnold struck out Justin Acal to finish the inning and put a halt to Pitt’s two-run scoring surge.

Florida State rebounded and scratched throughout one other run within the backside of the eight to extend its result in 5-2. Nander De Sedas scored off an unearned run after a throwing error by Pitt catcher Jaylen Melendez.

The Panthers made it a two-run ballgame within the prime of the ninth, due to a RBI single by Hess to deliver house CJ Funk. Pitt was unable to muster any extra runs, nevertheless, as Andrew Armstrong struck out Nessler with the bases loaded to finish the sport.

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Die-Hards: Early Contenders for Pitt’s 2024 NFL Mix Members



It was a really profitable week for Pitt’s contingent on the 2023 NFL Mix, and whereas the 2023 NFL Draft remains to be about two months away, it’s by no means too early to look forward.

It appears unlikely that there shall be a Calijah Kancey — who now seems to be locked right into a first-round choice — amongst subsequent yr’s crop of Pitt stars out in Indianapolis for the 2024 NFL Mix, however the week in Indy may definitely supply fairly a couple of present gamers the prospect to bolster their draft inventory.

Now, let’s additionally preface this by saying that we don’t know what’s going to occur over the subsequent 12 months. Kancey and guys like Habakkuk Baldonado, Carter Warren and SirVocea Dennis could have been simple decisions presently a yr in the past, however it might’ve been powerful to challenge underclassmen like Israel Abanikanda and Brandon Hill.

There are the blokes on the present roster who make sense from a previous historical past and manufacturing standpoint, however there are additionally breakout candidates and gifted underclassmen to contemplate, too.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of gamers who’ve the potential to be in Indianapolis representing Pitt subsequent yr presently.

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