No. 24 Pitt pounds West Virginia in regional rivalry dual, 37-3

By Julie Jurich, Pitt | Dec. 15, 2018, 10:54 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Nino Bonaccorsi of Pitt courtesy of PittsburghPanthers.com

PITTSBURGH – The 24th-ranked Pitt wrestling team dominated rival West Virginia Saturday night, 37-3, at the Fitzgerald Field House.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 3-0 on the year, while the Mountaineers drop to 1-3 overall.

Pitt used seven individual wins to secure the team win, while West Virginia forfeited two bouts at 125 and 141 pounds.

The win marks the largest margin of victory over the Mountaineers since 1978 when the Panthers defeated WVU, 42-3.

The Panthers opened the dual with a 6-0 advantage after West Virginia forfeited 125 pounds.

Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi boosted the team lead to 11-0 after earning his first win by technical fall at 133 pounds over Lucas Seibert. The sixth-ranked 133-pounder used six takedowns, six total nearfall points and an escape en route to the dominant win, 19-4 in 4:05.

The Mountaineers then forfeited 141 pounds, giving Pitt a 17-0 lead after three bouts.

West Virginia got on the board after senior Robert Lee dropped a 4-0 decision to Christian Monserrat at 149 pounds.

Redshirt junior Taleb Rahmani got things going for the Panthers again, as the 10th-ranked 157-pounder defeated Zach Moore in a 4-0 decision. Rahmani used a takedown, escape and riding time to secure the win and give Pitt a 20-3 lead after five bouts.

Redshirt sophomore Jake Wentzel continued the Panthers' winning ways at 165 pounds as he took down Nick Kiussis in a 6-2 decision. Wentzel struck first as he used a takedown and two nearfall points to lead 4-0 after the first period. He picked up another point in the third by way of escape and used riding time to secure the win, giving Pitt a 23-3 lead in the team race.

Redshirt sophomore Gregg Harvey returned to the win column after recording a 5-3 decision over Josh Ramirez at 174 pounds. Harvey scored a takedown and escape, and collected two penalty points en route to the decision.

Moving to 184 pounds, redshirt freshman Nino Bonaccorsi recorded his first collegiate technical fall. Bonaccorsi, who ranked 12th in his weight class, was strong on top, collecting 10 total nearfall points, as he downed Jackson Moomau 16-1 in 3:21.

Redshirt junior Kellan Stout also returned to the win column tonight as he picked up a 5-3 decision over Noah Adams. Stout used two escapes, two nearfall points and added a final point with riding time to lock up the win.

Junior Demetrius Thomas earned his 15th win of the year after outlasting Brandon Ngati at heavyweight. Thomas, who ranks 13th at 285 pounds, scored two takedowns, escaped and added another point with riding time to take down Ngati, 6-4.

Pitt resumes action Sunday, Dec. 16, when it hosts Bucknell at the Fitzgerald Field House at 2 p.m.

No. 24 Pitt 37, West Virginia 3
125: Brendon Fenton (UP) wins by forfeit – Pitt leads 6-0
133: #6 Micky Phillippi (UP) tech. fall Lucas Seibert (WVU), 19-4, 4:05 – Pitt leads 11-0
141: LJ Bentley (UP) wins by forfeit – Pitt leads 17-0
149: Christian Monserrat (WVU) dec. Robert Lee (UP), 4-0 – Pitt leads 17-3
157: #10 Taleb Rahmani (UP) dec. Zach Moore (WVU), 3-1 – Pitt leads 20-3
165: Jake Wentzel (UP) dec. Nick Kiussis (WVU), 6-2 – Pitt leads 23-3
174: Gregg Harvey (UP) dec. Josh Ramirez (WVU), 5-3 – Pitt leads 26-3
184: #12 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) tech. fall Jackson Moomau (WVU), 16-1, 3:21 – Pitt leads 31-3
197: Kellan Stout (UP) dec. Noah Adams (WVU), 5-3 – Pitt leads 34-3
285: Demetrius Thomas (UP) dec. Brandon Ngati (WVU), 6-4 – Pitt wins 37-3