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No. 24 Pitt Faces Large Problem to Show Themselves In opposition to ACC Rival No. 7 Virginia Tech



No. 24 Pitt travels to Blacksburg, Va. to tackle ACC Rival No. 7 Virginia Tech Friday evening at 7 p.m. The match is among the greatest in an awesome evening of wrestling throughout the nation, as No. 1 Penn State faces off in opposition to No. 2 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan hosts No. 6 Ohio State.

The Panthers come into this matchup 7-2 total and 1-0 in ACC play after dismantling Virginia final week. The Hokies are 7-2 total and 1-0 within the ACC as nicely. They’ve gained their previous 4 matches, together with an in depth 16-14 victory over the then ranked No. 5 NC State Wolfpack final week.

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Pitt has an actual probability of rising to the highest of the ACC in the event that they win this match Friday evening. The possible matchups appear like this:

Weight Class-Pitt wrestler vs. Virginia Tech wrestler. The rankings go Intermat/Coaches Ballot

125-NR/No. 30 Redshirt Junior Colton Camacho vs. NR/NR Redshirt First-12 months Cooper Flynn

133-No. 7/No. 6 Redshirt Senior Micky Philippi vs. No.5/No. 4 Redshirt Junior Sam Latona

141-No. 3/No. 2 Redshirt Senior Cole Matthews vs. No. 12/No. 10 First-12 months Tom Criminal

149-No. 29/No. 28 Redshirt Sophomore Tyler Badgett vs. No. 9/No. 7 First-12 months Caleb Henson

157-No. 33/NR Senior Dazjon Casto vs. No. 5/NR Senior Bryce Andonian

165-No. 23/No. 29 Redshirt Senior Holden Heller vs. No. 25/No. 20 Redshirt Sophomore Connor Brady

174-NR/NR Redshirt First-12 months Luca Augustine vs. No. 3/No. 3 Redshirt Senior Mekhi Lewis 

184-No. 19/No. 15 Redshirt Junior Reece Heller vs. No. 7/No. 5 Redshirt First-12 months Hunter Bolen

197-No. 2/No. 1 Redshirt Senior Nino Bonaccorsi vs. No. 22/No. 22 Redshirt Sophomore Andy Smith

Heavweight-No. 5/NR First-12 months Dayton Pitzer vs. No. 23/No. 19 Redshirt Sophomore Hunter Catka

The probables function implausible matchups, as all however two matchups function two ranked wrestlers.

The one most individuals shall be is Philippi (8-1) vs. Latona at 133 kilos, as it’s the solely prime ten matchup of the evening.

The heavyweight battle options Panthers fan favourite Pitzer (5-1) in opposition to Catka. Pitzer wrestled extremely on the Midlands Championships on the finish of December, ending in second place and shortly incomes reward from Panthers followers. Panthers head coach Keith Gavin is planning to redshirt him, however he can wrestle the subsequent three weekends and nonetheless keep on that redshirt. Pitzer will wrestle instead of senior Mike Slinger (8-6).

Camacho (12-6) faces off in opposition to Flynn to start out off the match at 125 kilos. Virginia Tech began No. 27 redshirt first-year Eddie Ventresca most of this season, however with three losses in his final 4 matches, head coach Tony Robie is probably going going to start out Flynn.

Casto (5-5) has gained his final two matches after a tough begin to the 2022-23 season. He comes up in opposition to a tricky opponent in Andonian, who not too long ago got here again from harm and gained a significant resolution in opposition to the No. 7 Eddie Scott of NC State.

Matthews (12-1) seems to remain close to the highest of the rankings with a win over an awesome foe in Criminal. Bonaccorsi, who can be preventing for that prime spot comes up in opposition to a superb opponent in Smith, who took down then No. 6 Isaac Trumble of NC State in a 3-2 resolution final weekend.

The Heller brothers each come up in opposition to worthy opponents. Reece Heller (14-3) will look to rebound after a tough loss to then ranked No. 20 Neil Antrassian of Virginia in a 7-3 resolution, as he takes on an awesome opponent in Bolen. Holden Heller (8-4) takes on a worthy foe in Brady, with each wrestlers seeking to earn factors for his or her respective workforce.

Badgett (14-7) should work onerous to keep away from a second straight defeat, after dropping to then ranked No. 30 Jarod Verkleeren of Virginia final Friday, as he takes on a prime ten wrestler in Henson.

Augustine (10-6) is a shock at 174 kilos this 12 months for his stable wrestling, successful his previous three matches. He faces the most effective wrestler on the Hokies in Lewis and should wrestle the most effective he has achieved this season to earn a victory.

It’s a robust process, however Gavin stated that his workforce has the power to tackle anybody, even an awesome opponent in Virginia Tech.

“Our guys are succesful,” Gavin stated. “I feel that we’ve got to have all people wrestle to their greatest. There’s not an entire lot of margin of error for us, but when everybody wrestles to their greatest, we will beat anyone. It’s a really thrilling alternative for the fellows and the entire time. All of them have their very own particular person objectives, but it surely’s cool to do one thing as a workforce as nicely.”


Duquesne to Play within the School Basketball Invitational, Persevering with Their Season



Duquesne accepted a bid to play on this seasons’ School Basketball Invitational (CBI), persevering with their season.

The Dukes completed with an total report of 20-12 and 10-8 in Atlantic 10 play within the 2022-23 season. They improved 14 wins total and 9 wins from the 2021-22 season, the place the Dukes had a 6-24 total report and 1-16 report within the Atlantic 10.

Duquesne earned a No. 6 seed and a First Spherical bye within the Atlantic 10 Match. They misplaced their matchup within the Second Spherical in opposition to No. 11 La Salle final Wednesday, March 8, on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y., ending their lengthy shot possibilities at an NCAA Match look.

The Dukes acquired a No. 5 seed within the CBI and can tackle No. 12 Rice on Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. within the First Spherical. Your entire CBI will happen on the Ocean Middle in Daytona Seaside, Fla. from Saturday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 22.

FloHoops will stream the First Spherical from March 18-19 and the Quarterfinals on Monday, March 20. ESPN2 will broadcast the Semifinals on Tuesday, March 21 and the Last on March 22.

The 2023 CBI consists of 16 groups that may play in a single-elimination bracket. If Duquesne is to win the CBI, they might want to win 4 consecutive video games in 4 consecutive days from the First Spherical to the Last.

That is the fourth time that the Dukes will play within the CBI, beforehand doing so in 2010, 2011 and in 2016. That is the primary postseason for the Dukes since that CBI look in 2016 and the primary below head coach Keith Dambrot in his six seasons as head coach. That is additionally simply the sixth look within the postseason within the final 42 seasons for the Dukes.

The Dukes are 2-3 within the CBI, profitable within the First Spherical and shedding within the Second Spherical in each 2011 and 2016, whereas shedding within the First Spherical in 2010.

That is the seventh matchup between Duquesne and Rice. Duquesne holds a 5-2 report in opposition to Rice, with a win within the final matchup in November 2008.

Duquesne performed in opposition to one different opponent within the CBI and that’s No. 1 Indiana State, who they defeated at house, 92-86, on Dec. 17.

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Pitt to Face Mississippi State in Dayton, Ohio Tuesday in First 4 Starting at 9 p.m.



The Pitt Panthers are returning to March Insanity. Pitt obtained a No. 11 seed within the 2023 NCAA Event and can play Mississippi State in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday evening starting at 9 p.m.

The Panthers return to the Large Dance for the primary time because the 2015-16 season and first underneath head coach Jeff Capel in his fifth season.

Capel’s workforce will play in a First 4 recreation as one of many Final 4 In chosen by the match committee. The winner faces No. 6 Iowa State Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina, the place the Panthers simply accomplished the ACC Event on Thursday.

Pitt ranks No. 67 within the NET rankings and edged out North Carolina and Clemson to turn out to be the ultimate ACC workforce to make the Area of 68. The workforce completed 2022-23 fifth within the ACC after posting a 22-11 general report and 14-6 convention mark, failing to win one in all its closing two video games with the chance to win a share of the ACC regular-season title. 

The workforce fell 96-69 Thursday to No. 4 Duke following a Second Spherical win in opposition to No. 13 Georgia Tech, 89-81, the day earlier than. Pitt is the No. 44 general seed within the NCAA Event.

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Pitt Makes the Match: Panthers in as an 11 Seed within the First 4



PITTSBURGH — Pitt is formally again within the NCAA Match.

On Sunday evening, the Panthers had been included on this yr’s subject of 68 as a No. 11 seed within the Midwest area. Pitt will play in opposition to Mississippi State within the first 4 in Dayton, with the winner going to Greensboro to tackle 6-seed Iowa State.

Pitt completed the common season and ACC Match with a 22-11 file, falling within the quarterfinals of the ACC Match this week to Duke.

The Panthers went 14-3 at residence, 7-5 on the highway, and 1-3 on impartial courts. Pitt went 4-4 in Quad One video games, 3-5 in Quad Two video games, 5-1 in Quad 3 video games, and 10-1 in Quad 4 video games. The Panthers presently rank No. 67 within the NCAA’s NET rankings.

Now, the talk has been settled. Pitt, broadly often known as a “bubble workforce” this yr, has formally made the event and might be heading to ___ for its first sport.

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