Matt Wilps goes from wrestler to coach

Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh athletics department (www.pittsburghpanthers.com)

When long-time coach Rande Stottlemyer retired as the head of Pitt's wrestling program, the school promoted then-assistant Jason Peters. That left a vacancy on the bench and recently, Peters added Matt Wilps to his staff as an assistant.

If Wilps' name sounds familiar, it should - he was a star wrestler for the program over the past few years and has competed for national championships. This past season, he finished third at the NCAAs. In 2012 and 2013, Wilps was an All-American at Pitt and he finished his career 129-37 as a three-time EWL champion. Last season, the wrestler was 24-3 and had his best season as a Panther. Many of those 37 losses came early in his career as Wilps was 58-8 as a junior and senior.

His career achievements go on and on and adding him as an assistant has to be a bonus for Pitt as they head into the ACC this season.

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