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Pitt junior wrestler Jake Slinger faces off against a Duke University wrestler at the Fitzgerald Field House on Jan. 16, 2021.

Preview | Pitt gears up to take on No. 6 Sun Devils

By Brian Sherry, Staff Writer January 13, 2022
After an up and down 4-3 start to the season, the Pitt wrestling team will face off against the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1, 0-0 PAC-12) on Friday night at the Fitzgerald Field House.
Pitt sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda (2) runs against Michigan State at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 30, 2021.

Pitt athletics powers on despite COVID-19 postponements over winter break

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer January 9, 2022
Pitt students departed campus after final exams in mid-December, but Pitt athletes remained with their teams as winter sports began their seasons in earnest. Some Panther teams had to navigate COVID-19-related postponements during the holidays.
Pitt senior forward Daniel Oladapo (4) passes the ball at Wednesday’s game against Vanderbilt University at the Petersen Events Center.

Women’s basketball, men’s soccer wins highlight busy Thanksgiving week for Pitt athletics

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer November 29, 2021
Pitt broke to observe the Thanksgiving holiday last week. But the Pitt Athletics department still had games to play. Here’s how each team fared over the course of the week.
From left, Pitt rightside hitter and middle blocker fifth year Chinaza Ndee (5), setter graduate student Kylee Levers (6) and middle blocker senior Serena Gray (21) cheer each other on during the Sept. 29 game against the University of Virginia at the Fitzgerald Field House.

Weekend Sports Recap: Cross-country sets program record, volleyball wins big and more

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer November 15, 2021
Men’s cross-country placed fifth at Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday, the highest finish at that competition in Pitt history. Volleyball and wrestling also picked up wins in a busy weekend for Pitt athletics.
Pitt wrestlers at the Blue and Gold exhibition dual meet at the Fitzgerald Field House on Thursday night.

Pitt wrestling opens 2021 season with Blue and Gold Meet

By Brian Sherry, For The Pitt News October 31, 2021
Coming off its best finish at the NCAA National Championship since 1970, Pitt wrestling kicked off its 2021-22 campaign with the Blue and Gold exhibition dual meet Thursday night at the Fitzgerald Field House.
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argued that if students want to see Panther teams succeed at the highest level, they must turn to non-revenue sports such as baseball and women’s volleyball.

Column | To get full Pitt Athletics experience, fans must invest in non-revenue sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Non-revenue sports are an untapped gold mine for viewing pleasure, especially as they leave Pitt’s flagship sports in the dust from a competitive standpoint.
Pitt star forward Amanda West was named ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week on Tuesday for her performance in the Panthers’ final game of the regular season against Kentucky.

Panthers receive recognitions across multiple sports

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor April 9, 2021
Punxsutawney Phil may have had Pitt in mind when he predicted six weeks of winter before one of the most “beautiful and brightest” springs ever. The Panthers got the spring started in great fashion with a slew of accolades across multiple sports.
Pitt’s wrestling team has 27 wrestlers who are from Pennsylvania. Redshirt senior Jake Wentzel (right) and redshirt junior Nino Bonaccorsi are both from Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

Pitt wrestling building success around local products

By Carson Zaremski, Staff Writer April 7, 2021
The five Panthers who competed in the NCAA Championships have one thing in common — they’re all from Pennsylvania. In fact, 27 of the 31 wrestlers on Pitt’s roster hail from Pennsylvania. Pitt’s head coach, Keith Gavin, is also from Pennsylvania and had a successful career as a Panther wrestler.
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 21, 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.
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.
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