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Matt Wilson, pictured, is one of four Panthers that will compete in the 4x400m relay event at the National Outdoor Track and Field meet in Oregon on Wednesday.

Pitt sends four athletes to national meet to compete in 4x400m relay

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 9, 2021
Pitt track and field will compete in just one event at the National Outdoor Track and Field meet this week in Eugene, Oregon, but four Panthers are making the trip. The foursome — composed of senior Cobe Wiggins, senior Lonzell Feagin, junior Matt Wilson and senior Ade Jones-Roundtree — will compete in the 4x400m relay event on Wednesday night after qualifying for the event at the Eastern Regional about a week ago, becoming the first relay team since 2014 to earn a spot in the national meet.
The Panthers will send their first relay team to nationals in seven years, as the foursome posted their season-best and fifth-fastest in program history with a time of 3:06.92 in the 4x400m event.

Men’s 4×400 relay team qualifies for NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer June 2, 2021
The NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary Round came to a close over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. Multiple Panthers had solid performances, but the weekend was headlined by the Pitt men’s 4x400m relay team earning a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing No. 7 overall at the event.
Although the overall team scores left Pitt’s track and field program below most of the other ACC programs, there were some notable individual performances at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

Three trips to the podium headline Panthers’ performance at ACC Outdoor Meet

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer May 19, 2021
Three trips to the podium, two first-team all-ACC performances to go along with six second-team selections and four school records headlined the weekend for the Panthers. The men’s team finished 10th place overall at the event while the women’s team placed 12th.
Pitt’s wrestling team has 27 wrestlers who are from Pennsylvania. Redshirt senior Jake Wentzel (right) and redshirt junior Nino Bonaccorsi are both from Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Pitt wrestling building success around local products

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
The five Panthers who competed in the NCAA Championships have one thing in common — they’re all from Pennsylvania. In fact, 27 of the 31 wrestlers on Pitt’s roster hail from Pennsylvania. Pitt’s head coach, Keith Gavin, is also from Pennsylvania and had a successful career as a Panther wrestler.
Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine denied St. Cloud State's Easton Brodzinski during Minnesota's victory in the Mariucci Classic championship game.

Preview: NCAA Frozen Four comes to Pittsburgh

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
Massachusetts, Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State will battle at PPG Paints Arena this week in the NCAA’s Frozen Four.
Senior gymnast Jordan Ceccarini tied for first in floor exercise with a score of 9.90.

Coca, Ceccarini earn top spots on the podium at 2021 EAGL Championship

By Tricia Caucci, Staff Writer March 22, 2021
The Petersen Events Center hosted the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championship for the first time in 17 years Saturday night. The seven competing teams — No. 1 NC State, No. 2 Towson, No. 4 Temple, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 Pitt, No. 7 George Washington and No. 8 LIU — battled it out to see who would wear the League's crown after the irregular 2021 season.
Two-time defending ACC champion Jake Wenzel (9-1) won 1-0 in his opening match against Drexel's Evan Barczak (6-3) on March 18. Wenzel was also Pitt’s highest individual seed since Max Thomusseit (2 at 184) in 2015.

Returning wrestlers fight to keep All-American status at 2021 NCAA Championships

By Tricia Caucci, For The Pitt News March 19, 2021
The remaining three will compete in the quarterfinals on Friday, starting at 11 a.m.
Pitt gymnastics (6-10-1, 5-7-1 EAGL) won a match against West Virginia (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) on Friday night, beating the Mountaineers by a final score of 195.100-194.675 at the Fitzgerald Field House. However, the team couldn’t maintain momentum and ultimately lost on Sunday by a margin of 196.100-193.400.

Pitt gymnastics celebrates senior night with win over WVU

By Tricia Caucci, For The Pitt News March 15, 2021
After Pitt gymnastics (6-10-1, 5-7-1 EAGL) lost its first match in the three-meet series of the Backyard Brawl, the Panthers came back with a vengeance in match two on Friday night, beating West Virginia (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) by a final score of 195.100-194.675 at the Fitzgerald Field House. But despite their opponent's momentum, the Mountaineers turned out a compelling win on Sunday by a margin of 196.100-193.400.
Felix Wolter (top) and Greg Lauray will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas, this weekend. Wolter, a fifth-year, will compete in the heptathlon and Lauray, a senior, will compete in the high jump.

Roommates Felix Wolter, Greg Lauray set high expectations ahead of NCAA Championships

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 10, 2021
When the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships occur this week, two roommates will represent the Panthers on the national stage.
Junior gymnast Olivia Miller

Miller, Coca star in all-around for Pitt gymnastics despite loss to WVU

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor March 8, 2021
Pitt gymnastics (5-9-1) took the floor of the Fitzgerald Field House for the first of three dual meets against rival West Virginia (1-6 overall, 0-6 Big 12) on Friday night. The Panthers were unable to overcome dazzling floor routines from the Mountaineers in a 195.900-194.175 loss, but an event win for junior Olivia Miller and Coca’s first trip through the all-around category softened the sting of defeat.
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