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Pitt wrestling finishes second at ACC championships

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Despite a pretty discouraging season, Pitt's wrestling team finished strong at the ACC wrestling championships on Sunday. The Panthers finished in second place at the event with Virginia winning the title. Pitt finished with 71 points behind the Cavaliers' 85.5 points.

Pitt sent all three of its No. 1 seeds to the championship match and all three won individual titles. Mikey Racciato (149 pounds), Tyler Wilps (174), and Max Thomusseit (184) all took first place. Heavyweight Ryan Solomon picked up a semifinal upset to also reach the finals but couldn't defeat North Carolina State's Nick Gwiazdowski, ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The Panthers' three individual titles tied Virginia Tech on the day.

The Panthers also had several other wrestlers advance deep at the event to help pick up team points. Dom Forys, Nick Bonaccorsi, Troy Reaghard, and Ronnie Garbinsky picked up third place finishes. Altogether, eight of Pitt's ten grapplers finished on the podium in the top three.

Considering the team's down season (8-8), a second-place finish here was good to see. The Panthers took a step back this season after a regular season title last year and they clearly have work to do to win a tournament title in a winnable conference. But all things considered, to see the three individual titles won and the work to win third in the consolation rounds was impressive.

Next up - the NCAA Tournament where the Panthers will be heavily represented.

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