Pitt's wrestling program had a tough test this past weekend in facing No. 8 Oklahoma State on the road. Things didn't go well, and the Panthers fell to the Cowboys, 25-13.
I wrote earlier that Pitt had a chance to pull of the upset if they could keep things close heading into the heavier weight classes. That proved to be true as the Panthers won three of the final four bouts. Problem was that Pitt was thoroughly dominated in the first six bouts, winning only one as Ronnie Garbinsky topped No. 19 Anthony Collica, 6-5.
Tyler Wilps, Max Thomusseit, and Nick Bonaccorsi all won their bouts, but by then it was too late. With the score 21-13 heading into the final matchup at heavyweight, Pitt had a chance to close the gap and make the score closer. But John Rizzo lost convincingly to No. 5 Austin Marsden, 11-1, providing the final margin.
Disappointing, but not entirely expected. The Panthers were really overmatched in the lighter weight classes and on the road against a team with some motivation to atone for being upset by Pitt last year, the result wasn't completely out of the blue.
Next up for Pitt is a big matchup against No. 14 Virginia on the road on Sunday.