InterMat Wrestling – Pitt defeats Clarion 39-3, improves to 5-0

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CLARION, Pa. — The 24th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team continued its winning way Friday night as the Panthers downed Clarion, 39-3.

With the win, the Pitt improves to 5-0 as Clarion slides to 2-3 on the year.

For the fourth time this season, Pitt allowed just one win by its opponent, todays coming at 165 pounds.

Three Panthers pinned their opponents in the win, including seniors LJ Bentley (141) and Robert Lee (149), and junior Demetrius Thomas (285).

“I think we wrestled aggressively tonight,” said head coach Keith Gavin. “We competed hard and continued to try to score points. This has been a good first semester for us and we have a lot to build off of when we get back from this holiday break.”

Pitt won the first five bouts, which featured a technical fall by sixth-ranked Micky Phillippi at 133 pounds and back-to-back pins by Bentley at 141 pounds and Lee at 149 pounds.

Clarion’s lone win came at 165 pounds as redshirt sophomore Jake Wentzel dropped a 7-4 decision to Evan Delong.

Redshirt junior Gregg Harvey got the Panthers back on track with a 7-3 decision over Taylor Cahill at 174, bringing the team score to 23-3.

Pitt collected with at 184 and 197 pounds, thanks to a major decision by 13th-ranked Nino Bonaccorsi and a decision by redshirt junior Kellan Stout.

Thomas capped off the night with his sixth pin of the season and improves to 17-2, as the Panthers cruised to the 39-3 victory.

Pitt resumes action in the New Year at Oklahoma Sunday, Jan. 6 before traveling to North Dakota State Jan. 12 and South Dakota State Jan. 13.

Results:

125: Brendon Fenton (UP) def. Gavin Park (CU), SV-1, 6-4 – Pitt leads 3-0

133: #6 Micky Phillippi (UP) tech. fall Seth Koleno (CU), 20-5, 6:40 – Pitt leads 8-0

141: LJ Bentley (UP) pins Andrew Gapas (CU), 2:44 – Pitt leads 14-0

149: Robert Lee (UP) pins Jalin Hankerson (CU), 2:40 – Pitt leads 20-0

157: #10 Taleb Rahmani (UP) dec. Avery Shay (CU), 9-4 – Pitt leads 23-0

165: Evan Delong (CU) dec. Jake Wentzel (UP), 7-4 – Pitt leads 23-3

174: Gregg Harvey (UP) dec. Taylor Cahill (CU), 7-3 – Pitt leads 26-3

184: #13 Nino Bonaccorsi (UP) maj. dec. Tyler Bagoly (UP), 14-4 – Pitt leads 30-3

197: Kellan Stout (UP) dec. Shae Bloom (CU), 5-0 – Pitt leads 33-3

285: #13 Demetrius Thomas (UP) pins Toby Cahill (CU), 6:18 – Pitt wins 39-3





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