Pitt's wrestling program had a tough task this past weekend in facing No. 5 Oklahoma State. The Panthers weren't up to it and were soundly defeated, 36-0.
The Panthers came close to winning a few matchups, but couldn't quite get it done. No. 16 Dom Forys (133 pounds), the team leader in wins (18), lost only his second bout of the season. He went to Sudden Victory, before falling 13-11. Nick Bonaccorsi lost only 4-2 at 197 pounds. No. 20 heavyweight Ryan Solomon also put together a solid effort, losing only 4-2 to No. 5 ranked Austin Marsden. Zach Bruce also had a decent bout in hanging with No. 19 Nolan Boyd before losing, 4-1.
That score, of course, is awful. Pitt couldn't win a single bout and to get completely shut out against anybody is just a bad look. To be fair, though, the Panthers had a very difficult task. Eight of the Cowboys' ten starters are ranked in the top 20 and an astounding five are in the top five in the nation (including a pair of No. 1s). Putting it mildly, there are so few programs that have that many quality wrestlers.
It's hard to put much of a positive spin on this. Pitt did compete in a few bouts, but realistically, if you're ranked in the Top 20 and have three wrestlers ranked, you should. If nothing else, this type of match shows that the Panthers are pretty far back from wrestling's elite.