RALEIGH, N.C. – The 16th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team upset No. 8 NC State at Reynolds Coliseum Sunday afternoon, 18-16.
With the win, Pitt improves to 11-3 overall and picks up its first ACC win of the year (1-2). NC State moves to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in conference action. The Wolfpack also suffer their first loss at home this year, finishing 9-1.
The win was the first over NC State since the two teams first met in 2014 and is the first for Pitt in Raleigh.
Three Panthers recorded impressive and clutch wins over ranked opponents. The first of the day was redshirt sophomore Gregg Harvey, who is unranked at 174 pounds, and defeated No. 20 Daniel Bullard in a 6-4 decision. Redshirt freshman Nino Bonaccorsi, ranked 13th at 184 pounds, upset No. 3 Nick Reenan in dominant fashion, 8-0, before redshirt junior Kellan Stout, who is unranked, had a vital win at 197 pounds, outlasting No. 20 Malik McDonald in a 5-4 decision.
“It was a great team win today,” said head coach Keith Gavin. “Our guys wrestled with a lot of fight and passion. When you do that, things tend to go your way more often than not.”
On Saturday, the wrestling team recorded two wins, defeating Gardner-Webb, 38-4, and Davidson, 31-6.
The Panthers first took on the Bulldogs in Boiling Springs, N.C., before traveling to Davidson to take on the Wildcats.
“It was good to get those two duals in today,” said head coach Keith Gavin. “We wanted to make the most out of this road trip.