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No. 19 Pitt pins No. 5 Oklahoma State, 19-18, based on tiebreaker criteria

Pitt upset Oklahoma State by one point in their Jan. 19 dual meet in Pittsburgh
Pitt upset Oklahoma State by one point in their Jan. 19 dual meet in Pittsburgh
Univesity of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State

For No. 19 University of Pittsburgh wrestling, one pin made all the difference in upsetting fifth-ranked Oklahoma State, 19-18, at Fitzgerald Field House in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon.

At the end of ten matches, with each program having won five bouts, the Panthers and Cowboys were knotted at 18-18. College wrestling no longer allows dual-meet ties, so NCAA tiebreaker criteria was employed. Because Pitt had a fall at 149 pounds, the home team was awarded one point to break the tie, thus handing Oklahoma State the loss.

It was the highest-ranked team that the Pitt has defeated in dual-meet action since at least the 1999-2000 season; according to Pitt assistant director of media relations, Matt Haas, it’s the most significant win for the team as far back as team records can be traced.

Bonus points were a factor in three matches. Pitt’s fall was delivered by Mike Racciato, who, as an unranked wrestler, got an upset by putting No. 7 Josh Kindig’s shoulders to the mat in just less than 100 seconds. Oklahoma State’s Eddie Klimara earned a major decision at 125 pounds, while Alex Dieringer got a technical fall victory.

Three matches went beyond regulation, all in upper weights, with the Panthers getting two of those overtime wins at 197 and heavyweight.

Pittsburgh is now 9-1 for the season, while Oklahoma State falls to 4-4.

Match Results

  • 125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) maj. dec. Anthony Zanetta (PITT), 15-4
  • 133: No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 17 Shelton Mack (PITT), 2-0
  • 141: Edgar Bright (PITT) dec. No. 11 Anthony Collica (OSU), 10-5
  • 149: Mike Racciato (PITT) pinned No. 7 Josh Kindig (OSU), 1:37
  • 157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) tech fall Eric Nutter (PITT), 17-0
  • 165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. Geno Morelli (PITT), 3-1
  • 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 7 Tyler Wilps (PITT), 5-4 TB1
  • 184: No. 7 Max Thomusseit (PITT) dec. No. 18 Nolan Boyd (OSU), 8-6
  • 197: No. 20 Nick Bonaccorsi (PITT) dec. Kyle Crutchmer (OSU), 3-1 SV1
  • Hwt: PJ Tasser (PITT) dec. No. 16 Austin Marsden (OSU), 3-1 SV1

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