Pitt's wrestling team had four duals this weekend, facing off against Duke, Davidson, Brown, and Franklin and Marshall. The Panthers had a tough time with Duke but outside of that, the competition was pretty light and the team won all four.
The Panthers' toughest test came in the morning against Duke. It came down to the final bout and No. 20 heavyweight Ryan Solomon recorded a pin to give Pitt a 23-19 win. Duke has three ranked wrestlers and nearly defeated the Panthers despite giving away six early points to a forfeit at 125 pounds - they even led 19-17 heading into the final bout. Without that, we could have seen a different outcome.
It was interesting to see Mikey Racciato, who is up to No. 5 in the rankings, not go at 141 pounds where Nick Zanetta did. I'm not sure if it was to rest him or not but he wrestled in two of the other four bouts. Pitt was up 11-0 at that point so perhaps they thought that was a situation he could rest. Pitt ended up losing the Zanetta bout and that helped keep things close as well. The Racciato thing is weird because the Panthers had lesser competition later in the day. Not seeing him out there against Duke, Pitt's toughest opponent, is something I'd love to know more about. I'm not sure if anyone asked head coach Jason Peters about it later or not.
The other three were mostly cakewalks for the Panthers. They beat Davidson 43-3, Brown 29-9, and Franklin and Marshall 25-12. Dom Forys and Cody Wiercioch had wins in all four duals. Wiercioch had the biggest upset win of the day for Pitt, knocking off No. 12 Jake Faust of Duke, 6-2.
Pitt is now 9-1 on the season and got an important conference win against Duke. Again, the competition was pretty light outside of the Blue Devils' dual but it's still nice to see them get four straight victories. Things heat up (a lot) when Pitt faces No. 7 Oklahoma State at home next Sunday.