Pittsburgh Wrestling Star Pulls Off Unprecedented Feat to Propel Panthers to Stunning Upset Victory Against OSU

Published 12/11/2023, 5:35 AM EST

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The Pittsburg Panthers are soaring on adrenaline! While their women’s volleyball team is making ripples in the national circuit, the wrestling team is also showing its grit on the mat. As the ACC-Big Ten dual rages on, the Pittsburg Panthers picked up a stunning 21-13 upset victory over the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes. Led by head coach Keith Gavin, the Panthers secured a signature win that might well go down in the books as historic.

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The Panthers usurped the Buckeyes in six bouts last night in Columbus. The decisive win was unprecedented, given OSU’s status in the national wrestling scene. While the Pittsburg team won six out of the ten matches, one particular win for the Panthers made the night all the more memorable.

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Panthers Redshirt senior Cole Matthews took down OSU’s No. 3 Jesse Mendez in the 141lb category. Mendez has remained undefeated in the season. The Buckeyes’ dominant performance has secured them third place in the CKLV Championship and Mendez has been crucial to their success. However, Matthews’ win sparked a noticeable joy among Panthers fans as the Pitt wrestling official account took to social media to express their emotions with the caption, “Still here. Still that guy.”

The Panthers’ No. 20 Cole Matthews has been struggling to find his feet in recent weeks. However, his determination to get back to winning was displayed in all its glory as he took on Mendez in the third match in the ACC-Big Ten dual. With a brilliant last-second takedown, Matthews triumphed over his opponent with a 4-2 decision win. Talking about Cole’s season and his latest win, coach Gavin said, “You can never count him out. He’s a hell of a competitor.”

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Matthews’ win helped the Panthers gain a 6-3 lead over the Buckeyes. While this lead was soon matched by OSU, the Panthers’ upper-weight-class wrestlers made sure that Pittsburg had the last laugh of the day.

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Pittsburg Panthers carry the ACC flag high

Along with Matthews, his teammates also looked focused on making their mark on the big night. The Buckeyes’ impressive Big Ten record makes them one of the most formidable wrestling sides in the nation. However, the ACC powerhouse Pittsburg Panthers were more determined to give their best instead of being intimidated by OSU’s stature.

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Panthers stars Holden Heller and Reece Heller secured victories in the 165 and 184lb categories respectively with major decision wins. In the 197 division, Mac Stout dominated OSU’s Luke Geog, while Panthers freshman Dayton Pitzer recorded another major decision win over Buckeyes’ Hogan Swenski in the 285-pound match-up.

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Diptarko Paul

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