Slow starts doom Pitt wrestling team against Edinboro, Michigan

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Pitt's wrestling team had two big matches this week against ranked Edinboro and Michigan. Unfortunately, the Panthers lost both and fell to 12-3 on the season.

Part of the reason for the losses? Slow starts out of the gate.

Pitt's match against Edinboro was particularly agonizing. The match was tied 16-16 at the end of the match, but a tiebreaker for most total points came down to a single point (Edinboro won 50-49 there) and it cost the Panthers. If Pitt could have found a way to win an earlier match, though, they might have escaped with a team win.

The Panthers lost four of their first five bouts against Edinboro - the sole win coming from Anthony Zanetta at 125 pounds. Shelton Mack, Edgar Bright, Mikey Racciato, and Cole Sheptock all lost their matchups and that dug Pitt into a 13-3 hole.

Saturday was even worse for Pitt. Against Michigan, the Panthers lost their first five matches and the 15-0 hole proved to be too difficult to overcome. The Panthers fought back in the late middle/heavier classes, but fell just short at the end as P.J. Tasser couldn't defeat No. 2 Adam Coon.

Both opponents were very good teams. And, to be fair, Pitt had the lower-ranked wrestler in nine of those ten total bouts over the two days. But the slow starts were really difficult to watch and if Pitt found a way to win even one of those, their weekend may have been significantly different.

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