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Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

Jason Peters worked as Pitt’s assistant wrestling coach for 10 years and head wrestling coach for four years before he and three wrestlers were suspended in January 2017. Peters filed a lawsuit against Pitt in federal court Monday alleging a breach of contract and racial discrimination. (TPN file photo)

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 6, 2018

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh for racial discrimination and termination without just cause after he was fired last January. In the lawsuit, Peters claims Pitt violated his employment contract by firing him “without ‘just...

Year in review: Five moments to remember in Pitt sports

Cornerback Avonte Maddox celebrates after Pitt's 43-42 win over No. 2 Clemson Nov. 12. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 24, 2017

The 2016-17 academic year will go down as one of the most memorable years in Pitt sports for a number of reasons. Several varsity programs underwent transitions, as high-profile coaches and administrators came and went. The basketball programs stumbled, but the football and volleyball teams excelled, ...

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

Keith Gavin gets his hand raised after winning the 174-pound national championship in his final match as a Panther in 2008. Gavin was hired as Pitt's new head wrestling coach Friday morning. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017

Heather Lyke made the first big hire of her tenure as Pitt’s athletic director Friday morning, naming former national champion Keith Gavin as the Panthers’ new head wrestling coach. “We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling progra...

TeShan Campbell says goodbye to Steel City

TeShan Campbell announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State two days after the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, but his mind had already been made up for more than a month. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017

After 21 years in the steel city he’s called home, TeShan Campbell is moving out. Campbell announced his decision Monday to transfer to Ohio State University to spend the final two years of his college career wrestling for coach Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes. The standout sophomore started out wrest...

Without Peters, Racciato, Pitt wrestling sees mixed results

Pitt's LJ Bentley wrestles Davidson's Camden Bertucci on Jan. 14. Saturday, Bentley outlasted VMI's Dalton Henderson in a 2-1 decision. John Hamilton | Visual Editor

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 23, 2017

Without former coach Jason Peters and wrestler Mikey Racciato, the Pitt wrestling program attempted to recover, if only briefly, from a tumultuous week. The weekend started poorly for the No. 23 Panthers (8-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) as they took a beating Friday in Blacksburg, Virginia, losing to No. 5...

Relief of Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters came after incident in Evanston

Jason Peters was relieved of his duties as Pitt head wrestling coach Thursday morning and is no longer with the university. Jeff Ahearn | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017

Without clear explanation, Pitt relieved Jason Peters of his position as Pitt’s head wrestling coach Thursday. Peters no longer works for the University. Assistant head coaches Matt Kocher and Drew Headlee will act as co-head coaches for the remainder of the 2017 season. Senior 149-pounder Mi...

Pitt wrestlers refocus after setbacks in Stillwater

Pitt sophomore TeShan Campbell is ranked No. 13 in the country at 165 pounds. Theo Schwartz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 5, 2017

After successful high school wrestling careers, Pittsburgh natives Dom Forys and TeShan Campbell are on the cusp of greatness at the next level. Both Forys and Campbell sit inside the top 15 of the latest InterMat NCAA rankings — Forys is ranked No. 7 at 133 pounds, while Campbell slides in at N...

Pitt wrestling season ends, promising future awaits

133-pounder Dom Forys was one of two Pitt wrestlers to win against No. 11 Lehigh Friday night.  Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 21, 2016

​Dom Forys nearly reached his goal of earning All-American status over the weekend, but the sophomore wrestler came up just one win short. While Forys still put together a strong showing at the NCAA Wrestling Championships Friday, his performance reflected the Pitt wrestling team’s up-and-down season...

Wrestling ready for opening slate this weekend

Dom Forys will serve as a leader for Pitt wrestling 
Pitt News File Photo

By Logan Hitchcock / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015

Eight months after watching Tyler Wilps climb down from the podium at nationals following his devastating NCAA championship loss, the Pitt wrestling team is primed to start another season. The Panthers open action this Sunday at the Terrapin Duals in College Park at the University of Maryland, whe...

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