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Two-time defending ACC champion Jake Wenzel (9-1) won 1-0 in his opening match against Drexels 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 18, 2021
The remaining three will compete in the quarterfinals on Friday, starting at 11 a.m.
Micky Phillippi only has one loss in the season and is ranked No. 2 in the 133-pound weight class.

Pitt wrestling shows improvement under Keith Gavin

By Sami Abu-Obaid, Staff Writer January 23, 2019
When reviewing the resumé of Pitt wrestling head coach Keith Gavin, it’s no surprise that the wrestling program is heading toward success.
Jeff Capel, previous Duke assistant coach and notorious top recruiter, is Pitt’s newest head men’s basketball coach. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)

Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer May 30, 2018

In her first year as Pitt’s athletic director, Heather Lyke quickly received a six-year extension to her contract at the end of April. Jumping right into a hectic season, Lyke hired six new head coaches...

Keith Gavin beat Michigans Steve Luke to win the 174-pound national championship in 2008. (Photo Courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

Q&A: Gavin prepares for first head coaching gig

By Steve Rotstein / Senior Staff Writer August 21, 2017

The Pitt wrestling team’s 2016-17 season had a little bit of everything — off-the-mat incidents, suspicious absences, dismissals, a coaching change and even three individual ACC champions. While the...

The 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are coming to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor April 18, 2017

For the first time in more than 60 years, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are coming back to Pittsburgh. The NCAA awarded the city of Pittsburgh with the 2019 NCAA Championships on Tuesday...

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 Pitts new head wrestling coach Friday morning. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

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...

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta fall just short at USA Team Trials

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta fall just short at USA Team Trials

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer June 3, 2014

Pitt wrestlers competing at the USA World Team Trials narrowly missed out on representing their country in international competition.Keith Gavin, a Pitt alumnus who graduated in 2008, placed second in...

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