Pittsburgh Panthers wrestling

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Pittsburgh Panthers wrestling
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University University of Pittsburgh
Head Coach Keith Gavin (3rd season)
Conference ACC
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Arena Fitzgerald Field House
(Capacity: 4,122)
Nickname Panthers
ColorsBlue and Gold [1]
         
NCAA individual champions
16
All-Americans
76
Conference championships
2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Conference Tournament championships
1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 2011, 2012, 2013

Pittsburgh Panthers wrestling is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate wrestling program of the University of Pittsburgh, often referred to as "Pitt", located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pitt wrestling team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and hosts home meets at Fitzgerald Field House on the campus of the school. Since the Pitt wrestling program began in the 1912–1913 school year, it has produced 16 individual national champions and 76 All-American selections. The head coach of the Panthers since 2017 is Keith Gavin.

National Collegiate Athletic Association American athletic organization

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

NCAA Division I highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Collegiate wrestling wrestling style used in US college competition

Collegiate wrestling is practiced at the college and university level in the United States. This style, with some slight modifications, is also practiced at the high school and middle school levels, and also among younger participants, where it is known as scholastic wrestling. These names help distinguish collegiate wrestling from other styles of wrestling that are practiced around the world such as those in the Olympic Games: freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.

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History

The 1914-1915 Pitt wrestling team included All-American football star and future legendary Pitt head football coach Jock Sutherland (top row, second from right) Pittwrestling1914-1915.jpg
The 1914–1915 Pitt wrestling team included All-American football star and future legendary Pitt head football coach Jock Sutherland (top row, second from right)

Wrestling at Pitt began in the 1912–1913 school year [2] and eventually became one of the most tradition-rich sports at the University. Pitt's wrestling program boasts 16 individual NCAA national champions, the 15th most among all schools, [3] and 75 All-Americans throughout the program's history. [4] Pitt's all-time dual meet record, through the 2013–14 season, is 535-396-19 (0.573).

The school's most prominent years were the during the era the program was directed by head coach Rex Peery. During this stretch from 1952 until 1963, the team never finished lower than 9th at the NCAA Championship, placing second both in 1954 and when hosting the NCAA Championship at Fitzgerald Field House in 1957. [5] Peery coached 13 individual national champions and twice during this span, in 1956 and 1957, the Panthers boasted five All-Americans in one season. Pitt also won the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association tournament in 1954, 1955, 1956, and 1960.

The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) is an NCAA Division I collegiate wrestling conference. It held its first championship tournament in 1905, making it the oldest wrestling conference in the NCAA; the charter members were Columbia, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. Thirty-two different schools have been members of the EIWA during its history, all schools from the Eastern United States. Its current members are schools in the Northeast whose main conferences do not sponsor wrestling, including the Patriot League, America East Conference, Northeast Conference, and Colonial Athletic Association, as well as all of the Ivy League schools that sponsor wrestling. Franklin & Marshall is the only Division III school that competes in Division I wrestling.

The wrestling room in Fitzgerald Field House Pittwrestlingroom.jpg
The wrestling room in Fitzgerald Field House

Between 1979 and 2013, Pitt's wrestling team was under the leadership of head coach Rande Stottlemyer, a three time All-American wrestler for Pitt in 1974, 1975, and 1978 and a five-time Coach of the Year (1986–87, 1989–90, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12) in the Eastern Wrestling League, the wrestling conference Pitt competed in between 1976 and 2013. [6] Under his direction, Pitt produced 56 EWL individual EWL champions, 33 All-Americans, and 3 individual National Champions including Pat Santoro, a back-to-back champion at 142 lbs, and the 2008 champion at 174 lbs, Keith Gavin. In 2010, Stottlemyer guided Pitt to a school record 17 dual meet wins and an overall 17-1-1 record en route to the team capturing the Panthers' first-ever EWL dual-meet championship. [7] In 2011 and 2012, Pitt repeated as dual meet champions with 6-0 EWL records in each season. [8] [9] Pitt went on to win its first EWL tournament team title in 2011 [10] and repeated as EWL tournament champions in 2012 [11] and 2013, Pitt's final year in the conference and Stottlemyer's final season as head coach. [12] Following the 2012–13 season, Stottlemyer retired after 34 years as Pitt's all-time winningest wrestling coach with a record of 304-230-12. [13]

Eastern Wrestling League

The Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) was an NCAA Division I wrestling-only conference. It was made up mostly of schools from the northeastern United States whose primary conferences did not sponsor wrestling as an NCAA-qualifying event. The teams had traditionally rotated as hosts of the qualifying tournament.

Pitt moved into the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013–14 season [14] with Jason Peters, an assistant under Stottleymyer for ten seasons, taking over as head coach until 2017. [13] In its first year of ACC competition, the wrestling team swept through its conference dual meet schedule with a perfect 6–0 record to capture the university's first regular season ACC title in any sport. Keith Gavin, a former national champion at 174lbs during his time at Pitt, is the current head coach.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference located in the Southern United States. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the conference consists of fifteen member universities, each of whom compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

NCAA Championship results

Pitt wrestling has scored points in 65 NCAA Division I Championships over the years, finishing as high as second place twice and in the top ten 13 times. [15]

Pitt wrestling's NCAA Division I Championship results
YearFinishAAsNCs
19529th-t11
19536th31
19542nd32
19553rd31
19563rd42
19572nd53
19589th21
19595th3
19608th1
19615th31
19626th-t2
19634th-t41
196427th-t 
196545th-t 
196645th-t 
196852nd-t 
196928th1
YearFinishAAsNCs
19708th2
197135th-t 
197266th 
197348th-t 
197418th2
197530th-t1
197637th-t 
197743rd-t 
197820th1
197955th-t 
198244th-t 
198355th-t 
198425th-t1
198564th-t 
198625th2
198715th1
198815th11
YearFinishAAsNCs
198913th11
199044th 
199127th2
199219th-t1
199330th-t1
199424th-t1
199526th2
199624th2
199718th2
199820th3
199937th-t 
200018th2
200125th-t 
200245th-t 
200319th-t1
200438th-t 
200529th1
YearFinishAAsNCs
200635th 
200720th2
200816th11
200938th1
201026th1
201134th 
201215th2
201315th-t2
201422nd1
201521st1
201639th-t
201732nd-t
201831st-t
201934th-t
AAs=All-Americans; NCs=Individual National Champions. t=team tied for place in final standings.   Refs: [15] [16]

Individual national champions

Pat Santoro was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion at 142 pounds PatSantoroPitt.jpg
Pat Santoro was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion at 142 pounds

Pitt wrestlers have won individual NCAA national championships 16 different times in various weight classes. All-time, Pitt has the 13th most individual NCAA champion wrestlers among all Division I schools. [17]

Hall of Fame

Pitt has three individuals inducted as Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a wrestler or a coach.

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