Pitt wrestling finishes strong with win against North Carolina, claims ACC title outright

The Pitt wrestling team had already clinched a share of the ACC title with a win over Virginia Tech a couple of weeks ago. On Saturday, the team won the league outright with a 22-12 victory over North Carolina. The victory moved Pitt to 6-0 on the season against ACC foes in dual meets.

Pitt again got off to a slow start as Anthony Zanetta dropped his opening match at 125 pounds, but the Panthers tied went ahead with a Shelton Mack win and an upset by No. 15 Edgar Bright over the Tar Heels' Evan Henderson, who was No. 6 at the 141-pound class.

The Panthers struggled a bit in the middle with losses by Mikey Racciato, Ronnie Garbinsky, and Geno Morelli. That put them behind 12-6 and really put pressure on the heavier guys to bring home a win. They did just that as Tyler Wilps (Major Decision), Max Thomusseit, Nick Bonaccorsi (pin), and P.J. Tasser all won their bouts, giving Pitt the 22-12 win. The victory gives them a final dual meet record of 13-3.

That closes out an unbelievably strong dual season for the Panthers and gives them some momentum heading into the ACC Tournament, which starts on March 8th. It will be on ESPN3.

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