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Pitt Scholar Hits Three-Quarter Courtroom Shot, Wins House Lease



PITTSBURGH — Magical moments have occurred on the Petersen Occasions Middle all through the Panthers’ breakout season. One other occurred late Tuesday evening, this time by a member of the Oakland Zoo. 

Junior pupil Richie Ferris related on a halftime contest to win a one-year condominium lease. Removed from a simple process, Ferris wanted to make a shot from one spot on the ground into each baskets. 

Ferris, from Pittsburgh, shot his first try near the three-point line close to the Zoo and banked it in. From the identical spot, he chucked the basketball completely into the alternative basket and splashed by means of the ring to win an unimaginable prize. Ferris can be a member of the Pitt membership baseball crew. 



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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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.


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