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Pitt hosts virtual Panthers’ Choice Awards amidst pandemic

Senior receiver Maurice Ffrench won the Panther Award in the 2020 Panthers' Choice Awards.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

April 16, 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.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

April 15, 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.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

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.

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

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.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

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.

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer

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.

By Camryn Simons, for the Pitt News

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.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

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.

Weekend Sports Recap: Softball opens with split weekend in LA

Taleb Rahmani heaves his opponent off the ground. The Panthers won seven out of 10 matches against Virginia Friday.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

February 9, 2020

Pitt athletics traveled far and wide this weekend, with six teams competing all across the country. While men’s basketball’s win at home over Georgia Tech grabbed most of the headlines, other squads suited up for both conference and non-conference play — and experienced an even mix of results.

Gymnastics, men’s basketball return to win column over weekend

Kellan Stout put Pitt (7-3) up 3-0 over NC State (12-0) at the start, but Pitt eventually fell to NC State 21-12.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

The weekend in Pitt sports was highlighted by redemption for the gymnastics and men’s basketball squads, while wrestling and women’s basketball fell short of major upsets over ACC foes.

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