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Driven by faith, former Panther Demetrius Thomas pursues Olympic aspirations

Pitt alum Demetrius Thomas signed with the Pittsburgh Wrestling Club last summer and is looking to qualify for the 2021 or 2024 Olympics.
January 18, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic ended Demetrius Thomas’ historic Pitt wrestling career early. But he remains in Pittsburgh today, pursuing an Olympic and world career through the Pittsburgh Wrestling Club.

Pitt wrestling riding smooth start to 2021 season

Nino Bonaccorsi competes against Virginia's Michael Battista in February 2020.
January 18, 2021
Pitt wrestling fell agonizingly short of an ACC title in 2020 before the postseason was called due to the pandemic. But despite a key roster loss, the 2021 Panthers still have their eyes set on hardware.

Pitt hosts virtual Panthers’ Choice Awards amidst pandemic

Senior receiver Maurice Ffrench won the Panther Award in the 2020 Panthers' Choice Awards.
April 15, 2020
Pitt Athletics hosted its third annual Panthers' Choice Awards Wednesday, celebrating student-athlete achievements in academics, athletics and citizenship.

Joe Solomon named to Pa. Sports Hall of Fame

Joe Solomon (behind) won an NCAA Championship at 167 pounds in 1954.
April 14, 2020
The late Joe Solomon, a former wrestling National Champion at Pitt, was named to the 2020 class of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

OSU’s Luke Pletcher joins Pitt wrestling staff

Luke Pletcher wrestles Pitt's Cole Matthews during a dual meet in November.
April 8, 2020
After serving as a thorn in Pitt’s side over the past couple years, Ohio State wrestler Luke Pletcher is switching roles, crossing the mat to join head coach Keith Gavin’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Pitt wrestling earns second place at ACC Championship

Senior heavyweight Demetrius Thomas earned his second straight individual ACC Championship title.
March 10, 2020
Hosting the ACC Wrestling Championship for the first time in program history, No. 8 Pitt wrestling put on a show for its home fans Sunday at the Petersen Events Center.

Pitt wrestling earns trio of No. 1 seeds in ACC Tournament

Senior Demetrius Thomas earned top seeding for the 2020 ACC Tournament alongside redshirt junior Gregg Harvey and redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi.
March 4, 2020
When the ACC Wrestling Championships come to Pittsburgh this weekend, a trio of Pitt wrestlers will compete as No. 1 seeds on the floor of the Petersen Events Center.

Women’s swimming and diving posts strong ACC Tournament

Senior Alecia Petrikis won floor exercise once again Friday with a 9.850.
February 23, 2020
The weekend in Pitt sports was highlighted by a major upset from wrestling and continued steady play from baseball, but both basketball teams continue to struggle. Women’s swim made a splash at the ACC Swimming and Diving Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, while softball played just down the road in Greenville.

Weekend sports: Gymnastics win at home, track dominates on the road

First-year Ciara Ward competes in the floor exercise.
February 17, 2020
The weekend in Pitt sports was highlighted by resumé-building wins and tight losses. At home, the gymnastics team hosted a victorious tri-meet against Yale and Towson. On the road, the track and field team placed first in several events, wrestling came up short and softball split its weekend in South Carolina. 

Panther Spotlight: Softball, wrestling attract kindred spirits

Redshirt sophomore Micky Phillippi recorded his fifth major decision of the year during Sunday’s 51-1 victory over Davidson.
February 11, 2020
Phillippi has more to prove as he gears up for the postseason, while Sanchez has everything yet to prove. Wrestling is looking to push forward, while softball waits to break through. The two teams are on opposite ends of the success spectrum, but that gap is bridged by star athletes with eyes toward more.
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