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No. 24 Arizona State tops No. 15 Pitt on criteria, 21-20, in Pittsburgh

by ASU Athletics and Pitt Athletics

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Arizona State press release

Sun Devils pick up big road win in nailbiter against Panthers


PITTSBURGH – The Arizona State Sun Devils picked up a big, much-needed road win against No. 29 Pittsburgh on Sunday at the Fitzgerald Field House, 21-20, courtesy of a bonus-point win from Jacori Teemer.


Trailing 20-14 heading into the heavyweight bout, No. 5 Cohlton Schultz was nearing a win against No. 12 Dayton Pitzer. In the third, however, Pitzer went down with a shoulder injury and medically forfeited, tying the match at 20 apiece. The Sun Devils notched the deciding point on criteria.


It was a fast and emphatic start for the Sun Devils, who grabbed four of the first six bouts of the afternoon. Jacori Teemer's tech fall victory against Jared Keslar, pinning him 6:33 into his match, was a massive boost for the Sun Devils.


The Sun Devils now lead the all-time series between Pittsburgh, 4-2, with the Sun Devils going 3-1 on the road.


NOTABLES


* Kyle Parco is now one win shy of 100 in his illustrious career, notching the 99th on Sunday against Pittsburgh's Finn Solomon. He also improved to 32-2 in duals.

* Parco is the only Sun Devil who remains undefeated in dual matches with a minimum of four duals competed in. He's a perfect 5-0 this season.

* Cohlton Schultz improved to 27-1 in his career in duals with a win over Dayton Pitzer.

* Kyle Parco and Jacori Teemer notched their 13th wins of the season on Sunday, as both are now tied with Julian Chlebove for the team lead.


UP NEXT

The Sun Devils resume competition on Saturday, Feb. 2, when they head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to meet the Oklahoma State Cowboys (6 p.m. AZT). They'll return home two days later, welcoming Oregon State to Desert Financial Arena on Sunday, Feb. 4 (1 p.m. AZT).


No. 24 Arizona State 21, No. 15 Pitt 20

125: No. 11 Richard Figueroa (ASU) dec. No. 31 Colton Camacho (Pitt), 6-1 (ASU leads, 3-0)

133: No. 20 Vinnie Santaniello (Pitt) dec. Tristan Mascarenas (ASU), 5-0 (Tied, 3-3)

141: No. 27 Cole Matthews maj. (Pitt) Cody Foote (ASU), 10-2 (Pitt leads, 7-3)

149: No. 4 Kyle Parco (ASU) dec. No. 29 Finn Solomon (Pitt), 9-2 (Pitt leads, 7-6)

157: No. 5 Jacori Teemer (ASU) tech. fall Jared Keslar (Pitt), 21-6 (6:32) (ASU leads, 11-7)

165: Chance McLane (ASU) dec. No. 11 Holden Heller (Pitt), 4-1 (ASU leads, 14-7)

174: No. 15 Luca Augustine (Pitt) maj. Cael Valencia (ASU), 14-2 (ASU leads, 14-11)

184: No. 12 Reece Heller (Pitt) tech. fall Shay Addison (ASU), 21-5 (5:52) (Pitt leads, 16-14)

197: No. 13 Mac Stout (Pitt) maj. Jacob Meissner (ASU), 11-2 (Pitt leads, 20-14)

285: No. 5 Cohlton Schultz (ASU) injury default No. 12 Dayton Pitzer (Pitt), 5:50 (Tied, 20-20)

Arizona State wins on the second criteria, 21-20 (falls, DQs, injury defaults)

Attendance: 1,510


Pittsburgh press release

No. 24 Arizona State edges No. 15 Pitt on criteria, 21-20

Dayton Pitzer injury at Heavyweight proves decisive in thrilling dual

PITTSBURGH—The No. 15 Pitt wrestling team fell to No. 24 Arizona State, 21-20, on criteria on Sunday afternoon at the Fitzgerald Field House in the most disappointing way.

The Panthers (7-5) appeared to be in a great position to win the dual after earning bonus-point victories in three consecutive matches at 174, 184 and 197 pounds to take a 20-14 lead.

However, shoulder injury to heavyweight Dayton Pitzer in the final minute of his thrilling bout against former NCAA runner-up Cohlton Schultz handed the Sun Devils (3-4) the win in the dual on the second criteria tiebreaker after the total points finished level at 20.

“That was the worst possible outcome to end that dual,” Pitt head coach Keith Gavin said. “Some guys performed well and scored a lot of points for us, and we still need more from a few others. But Dayton’s health is at the forefront of my mind right now.”

Both teams won five bouts in the dual, with four of the Panthers’ wins coming via bonus points.

No. 27 Cole Matthews at 141 pounds, No. 15 Luca Augustine at 174 and No. 13 Mac Stout at 197 all triumphed via major decision. No. 12 Reece Heller won by technical fall at 184 to give Pitt a lead with two bouts remaining, while No. 20 Vinnie Santaniello also earned a win for the Panthers at 133.

Pitt moves into ACC dual action this upcoming Friday with an exciting contest against No. 8 NC State. The 7 p.m. dual at Fitzgerald Field House could once again play a pivotal role in the ACC dual title.


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