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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...

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

Former Pitt wrestling head coach Rande Stottlemyer’s career includes a 304-231-12 record, making him the winningest coach in the program’s history.

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018

When former Pitt track and field coach John Vasvary first came to Pitt, he was looking for someone to help him find his way. Help came quickly from Rande Stottlemyer. “I became head coach in 1982. I didn’t know anyone except the administrative staff,” Vasvary said. “Rande was one of the fir...

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

Rande Stottlemyer served with Pitt wrestling for nearly four decades. (Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018

Rande Stottlemyer, an iconic former Pitt wrestler and longtime coach, died today due to complications of early onset Alzheimer's, according to the University. He was 62. Stottlemyer — whose association with Pitt spanned nearly four decades — was a three-time All-American wrestler for the Panthers. Enrolling...

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

Senior diver Meme Sharp took first in the 1-meter springboard at the USA Diving Winter Nationals on December 13. (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor)

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

January 8, 2018

While most Pitt students were at home relaxing and celebrating the holidays, Pitt swimming and diving, wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball teams were still hard at work. Throughout the break, the Panthers continued to compete on the mat, in the pool and on the court, with mixed result...

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

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

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 afternoon, bringing the sport’s three-day championship event to PPG Paints Arena from March 21-23. ...

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...

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

TeShan Campbell would have been one of Pitt's most valuable wrestlers next year, but he announced his intention to transfer to The Ohio State University Monday. TPN File Photo (2017)

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 2017

Pitt wrapped up its season at the NCAA Division I Championships last weekend without an All-American wrestler for the second year in a row. After a season marred by senior 149-pounder Mikey Racciato’s curious absences and dismissal, a midseason coaching change and now sophomore TeShan Campbell’s impe...

ACC Champion wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

ACC Champion 165-pounder TeShan Campbell is transferring to Ohio State University. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017

The Pitt wrestling team absorbed another huge blow just two days after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, as 165-pound ACC Champion TeShan Campbell announced his intention to transfer to Ohio State University. “Pitt Wrestling, you showed me so much over these two past years — we made some grea...

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

Redshirt junior Ryan Solomon is one of four Pitt wrestlers set to compete in St. Louis at the NCAA Championships. TPN File Photo (2017)

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017

It’s been nearly a decade since Keith Gavin took home the Pitt wrestling team’s most recent individual title at the 2008 NCAA Championships in St. Louis. The annual tournament returns to the Scottrade Center this year, where Gavin reached the pinnacle of the sport by capturing the 174-pound nat...

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