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Pitt Athletics announced in 2019 that it would begin allowing alcohol sales at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt Athletics stands to gain big from alcohol sales at the Pete

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 23, 2021
Christian Spears, the deputy athletic director at Pitt, estimates Pitt Athletics stands to gain anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 annually from alcohol sales when the Petersen Events Center can return to full capacity for home basketball games.
Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will

Champagnie will “test the NBA Draft process;” final decision awaits

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 23, 2021
The Pitt star announced that he will “test the NBA Draft process” this offseason.
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.
Pitt wrestling placed 11th at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Senior Jake Wentzel (pictured) and redshirt junior Nico Bonaccorsi made it to the finals of their respective brackets, but neither won in their finals matchup.

Baseball, volleyball, wrestling highlight another busy weekend of Pitt sports

By Jason Glancy, Staff Writer March 22, 2021
Pitt baseball and volleyball capped off a packed weekend of Pitt sports with wins over ACC opponents. Earlier in the weekend, Pitt wrestling finished 11th in the NCAA championships.
Defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman reacts after his bench press performance, pumping out 40 reps of 225 pounds on Wednesday.

Twyman, former Panthers showcase athleticism at 2021 Pitt Football Pro Day

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 19, 2021
Pitt hosted 16 football players for its pro day on Wednesday, with Jaylen Twyman’s ridiculous performance on the bench press stealing the show.
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.
Three first-year Pitt team members — swimmers Caroline Crouse (left) and Genna Joyce (middle) as well as diver Claire McDaniels (right) — hail from the Raleigh area.

Carolina recruiting reflects global reach for Pitt swimming

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer March 19, 2021
The Triangle has already produced three Panthers who are laying the program’s foundation.
San Diego State's Caleb Giordano (13) on the court against Boise State at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Jan. 11, 2020.

March Madness sleepers: Predicting dark horses in each region

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2021
The Final Four has featured at least one team with a seed of five or lower in the past 10 NCAA Tournaments. While one of these under-the-radar teams will likely make a deep run, it’s difficult to pick which one will do it.
Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has a heated exchange with the referees during the Panthers’ game against NC State on Feb. 17.

Column | After three years under Jeff Capel, Pitt left with more questions than answers

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
At what point does Capel’s infallibility wear off? After a tumultuous 2020-21 season, the answer is now.
Mike McGuirl (00) of the Kansas State Wildcats controls the ball as Davion Mitchell (45) of the Baylor Bears defends during the quarterfinal game of the Big 12 basketball tournament at the T-Mobile Center on March 11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

March Madness Conference Power Rankings: Big 12 boasts unparalleled depth

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
Knowing which conference reigns supreme this year could make or break your bracket. 
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