Taking a break from football, Pitt's wrestling team announced their schedule for the upcoming season. For the Panthers, it's a high-profile year.
In addition to the ACC matchups, Pitt has several big non-conference meets - none bigger than Penn State. While most of Pitt's home meets are at the Fitzgerald Field House, the Panthers will face the Nittany Lions at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt-Penn State regularly draws thousands of fans and hosting it there just means a lot more people can attend. Head coach Jason Peters talked a little about it:
“I think it’s exciting to get Penn State. The last time they were here we had about 4,000 people in Fitzgerald Field House,” said Peters. “And now we have an opportunity to host them at the Petersen Events Center. It’s a great facility. We will see what we can do down there as far as drawing a crowd and having a great event.”
Trust me - even if you're not a wrestling fan, that match will be a huge deal. Penn State drew 16,000 to the match against Pitt last year and you can bet they'll have a lot of fans there this year.
That's not the only big out of conference opponent, though. Pitt also makes a return trip to Oklahoma State after defeating them at home last year when the Cowboys were ranked No. 5 in the nation. The Panthers also make a trip to Michigan and host programs, including Maryland and West Virginia.
After the regular season is over, Pitt will also host the ACC championships at the Pete - the first time the Panthers will host an ACC championship in any sport.
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