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Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

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

Pitt remembers wrestling legend Rande Stottlemyer

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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

Pitt wrestling icon Rande Stottlemyer dies at 62

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 28, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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

Winter recess all but a break for Panthers sports

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

January 8, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Women's Basketball

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

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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 says goodbye to Steel City

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Pitt wrestlers reflect on mixed season, look to next year

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 wrestler TeShan Campbell to transfer to Ohio State

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

Four Pitt wrestlers begin quests for NCAA titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 15, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

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...

ICYMI: Spring Break

ICYMI: Spring Break

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

March 3 Wise earns second straight All-ACC Academic selection - Pitt sophomore forward Brenna Wise received her second straight selection to the All-ACC Academic Team after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2016 semester. Wise also led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding for the second year in a ...

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

Pitt wrestlers Forys, Rahmani and Campbell capture first ACC titles

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 4, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 23 Pitt wrestling team appears to be peaking in the postseason, and the Panthers have three individual ACC titles to prove it. Junior 133-pounder Dom Forys (19-1) and sophomore 165-pounder TeShan Campbell (20-2) showed why they came into the tournament as No. 1 seeds, as each won a pair of ...

Wrestler Ryan Solomon named ACC Wrestler of the Week

Wrestler Ryan Solomon named ACC Wrestler of the Week

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After defeating then-No. 3 ranked Duke wrestler Jacob Kasper, the ACC awarded Pitt’s Ryan Solomon Wrestler of the Week Tuesday afternoon. “[Kasper] — he’s a really tough guy,” Solomon, a heavyweight redshirt junior, said after Saturday’s win at the Fitzgerald Field House. “I had to wres...

Pitt wrestlers top Duke to end regular season

Pitt wrestlers top Duke to end regular season

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

February 20, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a season filled with distractions and disappointments, the No. 24 Pitt wrestling team closed out its regular season on a three-match winning streak after defeating Duke Saturday night. The team endured a midseason coaching change, a wrestler falling out of his dorm room window and breaking se...

Think Twice: Pitt wrestling defeats Iowa State and UVA

Think Twice: Pitt wrestling defeats Iowa State and UVA

By Rebecca Sauers | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After a tumultuous month in which the Pitt wrestling team underwent a midseason coaching change and dropped its first three conference matches, the Panthers hit their stride this weekend. No. 24 Pitt (10-5 overall, 1-3 ACC) went 2-0 over the weekend, defeating the Iowa State Cyclones at home Friday...

Panther wrestling pinned by Wolfpack, 23-15

Panther wrestling pinned by Wolfpack, 23-15

By Luke Cannon | For The Pitt News

February 6, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 25 Pitt wrestling team received a boost from the return of its best wrestler Friday night, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a late comeback from the No. 8 North Carolina State Wolfpack. Pitt junior Dom Forys — the No. 8 133-pounder in the nation — returned against the Wolfpack after mi...

North Carolina Tar Heels top Pitt wrestling, 20-16

North Carolina Tar Heels top Pitt wrestling, 20-16

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 24 Pitt wrestling team got one experienced starter back Saturday against North Carolina: senior 149-pounder Mikey Racciato. But junior Dom Forys — the team’s top-ranked wrestler — missed his third straight match, and it was too much for the team to overcome. Pitt junior Brendan Price, F...

Without Peters, Racciato, Pitt wrestling sees mixed results

Without Peters, Racciato, Pitt wrestling sees mixed results

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

January 23, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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

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

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 19, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team easily sweeps trio of weekend meets

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team easily sweeps trio of weekend meets

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

After going more than two weeks without competition and more than a month without a dual meet, the No. 23 Pitt wrestling team returned to action last weekend and showed no signs of rust at the Pitt Duals. The Panthers (7-2) rolled to three lopsided nonconference victories at the Fitzgerald Field Hous...

Pitt wrestlers refocus after setbacks in Stillwater

Pitt wrestlers refocus after setbacks in Stillwater

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 5, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team conquers WVU, 23-15

No. 23 Pitt wrestling team conquers WVU, 23-15

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

December 11, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 23 Pitt wrestling team got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 23-15 dual meet victory at the Fitzgerald Field House over the rival West Virginia Mountaineers. The Panthers (4-2) rebounded from a shutout loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma State Cowboys last Sunday in Stillwater, Ok...

Pitt signs 5 wrestlers to 2017-18 class

Pitt signs 5 wrestlers to 2017-18 class

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | Assistant Sports Editor

November 29, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt wrestling team is still making its way through the early part of its season, but on Tuesday, head coach Jason Peters signed five Pennsylvania natives for the 2017-18 season. Nino Bonaccorsi, Dallas Bulsak, Colin Cronin, KJ Fenstermacher and Cole Rickert all committed to Pitt during the ear...

Forys powers Panthers to 2nd-place finish in Keystone Classic

Forys powers Panthers to 2nd-place finish in Keystone Classic

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt junior wrestler Dom Forys took home the 133-pound title at the 2016 Keystone Classic Sunday, his third straight championship at the annual open tournament in Philadelphia. Forys’ tournament win highlighted a successful day overall for the Panthers, who finished in second place out of 12 schoo...

Pitt wrestling suffers first loss in home opener vs. No. 11 Lehigh

Pitt wrestling suffers first loss in home opener vs. No. 11 Lehigh

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 19, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The No. 21 Pitt wrestling team opened its home slate on Friday night against the team’s toughest non-conference opponent of the season — the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Lehigh’s lineup — consisting of seven top-25 wrestlers — proved to be too much for the Panthers (3-1) as the Mountain Hawks...

Pitt wrestling sweeps Mountaineer Duals to open season, 2-0

Pitt wrestling sweeps Mountaineer Duals to open season, 2-0

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sporting a No. 23 ranking in USA Today’s preseason poll, the Pitt wrestling team had high expectations going into its first dual meet of the season. The Panthers proved they deserved that ranking at the Mountaineer Duals in Morgantown, West Virginia, beating both Ohio University and Campbell University in...

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


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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 the 86 kilogram class, while rising sophomore Nick Zanetta finished third in the 60 kilogram class. Both ...

Wrestling: Gavin, Zanetta to take part in USA World Team Trials

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

May 29, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two Pitt wrestlers, one past and one present, will compete to represent their country at the USA World Team Trials.Former Pitt star Keith Gavin and rising sophomore Nick Zanetta will travel to Madison, Wis., for a chance to make national squads. Gavin will be competing for a spot on the U.S. 2014 Worl...

Wrestling: Pitt to host 2015 ACC Championship

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 15, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt will host the ACC Wrestling Championship next year, the conference announced in a release, Thursday.Happening on March 8, it will be the first conference tournament Pitt puts on as a member of its new league, which it joined in July 2013.The venue will be the Petersen Events Center, a change from the team's normal venue of...

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