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No. 6 Pitt clinches share of ACC title

PITTSBURGH, Penn. -- Pittsburgh (12-1, 5-0 ACC) defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech (15-3, 4-2 ACC) 19-14 at Fitzgerald Field House. With the victory, the Panthers clinch a share of the ACC regular-season championship, the first ACC title, in any sport, for the university. 

Anthony Zanetta opened the contest with a 3-1 decision against No. 19 Joey Dance of Virginia Tech at 125 pounds. After a scoreless first, Zanetta scored a takedown in the second period off a go-behind on a scramble to give him the two-point margin of victory. Dance was able to escape midway through the third but Zanetta held him at bay the remainder of the bout to secure the win. The victory was the 100th of Zanetta's career making him only the 18th wrestler in school history to reach the century mark in wins.

Shelton Mack and Edgar Bright followed him with back-to-back decisions at 133 and 141 pounds respectively to extend the Pitt lead to 9-0.

Mack executed a nice double-leg takedown of the Hokie's Dennis Gustafson in the second period giving him a narrow 3-2 win.

Bright used a second period escape and a bonus point for riding time to clinch a 2-1 decision against Erik Spjut to increase Pitt's lead to 9-0.

The Hokies erased the lead with a run of their own, winning matches at 149, 157, and 165 pounds to take an 11-9 lead before Tyler Wilps earned a 13-3 major decision against John Dickson. Wilps scored five takedowns, an escape, a stall point, and a bonus point for over two minutes of ride time to help the Panthers regain the lead at 13-11.

No. 11 Michigan 17, No. 8 Nebraska 16

LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 8 Nebraska (11-2, 5-2 Big Ten) fell to No. 11 Michigan by a 17-16 margin (tiebreaker 3) in front of 2,667 fans at the Devaney Center on Friday night.

The senior night dual ended in a 16-16 tie, but the Wolverines won on technical points 56-52. The Huskers trailed 9-0 after three matches, but won five of the next six to build a 16-12 lead before dropping the final bout.

Junior Jake Sueflohn (149) started Nebraska’s run in the fourth match of the night with his 9-3 decision against No. 7 Eric Grajales. The pair traded takedowns in the first period before Sueflohn earned an escape and a takedown in the second period. Holding a 6-2 lead, Sueflohn added on a takedown in the final period to emerge with the victory.

No. 9 Missouri 41, Buffalo 0

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A week after a 28-6 loss at the hands of Oklahoma State, the ninth-ranked Missouri Tigers bounced back Friday night with a 41-0 shutout against the Buffalo Bulls. For the third time this season the Missouri wrestlers swept their opponent, taking all 10 bouts by way of two falls, three decisions, and five major decisions on the night.

At 141 pounds, freshman Lavion Mayes grappled through three periods notching four takedowns and two escapes before sealing his victory over Buffalo's Nick Flannery with a fall at 6:37. Mayes's continued success has recently earned him a spot in the top-20 rankings at 141 pounds, where he's listed at No. 19.

"Lavion [Mayes] knew it'd be a tough match and he knew he had to be smart against [Nick Flannery.] He did a great job and stuck with the game plan, and when the shots were there he blew through them," coach Brian Smith said following his team's third shutout of the season.