Jake Wentzel of Pitt suffers season-ending injury

By Julie Jurich, Pitt | Feb. 07, 2019, 5:05 p.m. (ET)
Photo of Jake Wentzel courtesy of PittsburghPanthers.com

PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh head wrestling coach Keith Gavin announced Thursday that redshirt sophomore Jake Wentzel will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Wentzel, Pitt’s starting 165 pounder, finishes the year 9-6 overall and owns a 29-24 career record.

“It’s obviously unfortunate to lose Jake,” Gavin said. “He showed a lot of progress this year and was having a nice season. He has two more years with us so he will focus on his recovery and make sure he comes back stronger.”

The Panthers will lean on sophomores Curtis Decker or Tommy O’Brien for the remainder of the season.

No. 16 Pitt heads to North Carolina this weekend to take on Gardner-Webb Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. before making the short trip to Davidson for a 7 p.m. dual. The Panthers conclude the weekend at No. 8 NC State at 1 p.m.