The No. 13 Virginia wrestling team dropped a 25-9 dual to No. 8 Pittsburgh Friday evening. Seven of the 10 weight classes were determined by two points or fewer.
Joseph Martinez, Blaise Butler and Nick Sulzer each scored wins for Virginia, which made its first-ever trip to Pitt as the Cavaliers and Panthers squared off for the first time as ACC rivals.
UVa knotted the score 3-3 at 133 when Martinez dominated on top in a 1-0 decision over 17th-ranked Shelton Mack. Martinez recorded an escape point in the second period, then rode Mack for the full third period to keep Mack off the scoreboard and earn the win.
Pitt took the lead for good when No. 16 Edgar Bright recorded a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and down 12th-ranked Joe Spisak at 141.
Virginia continues its ACC slate next Friday when it returns home to face Maryland in a 7 p.m. dual at Memorial Gymnasium.
No. 8 Pitt 25, No. 13 Virginia 9
125: Anthony Zanetta (Pitt) dec. Nick Herrmann (UVa), 3-2; Pitt 3-0
133: Joseph Martinez (UVa) dec. No. 17/17 Shelton Mack (Pitt), 1-0; tied 3-3
141: No. 16/19 Edgar Bright (Pitt) dec. No. 12/16 Joe Spisak (UVa), 5-3; Pitt 6-3
149: Mikey Racciato (Pitt) pinned Justin Van Hoose (UVa), 6:46; Pitt 12-3
157: No. 15/15 Blaise Butler (UVa) dec. Cole Sheptock (Pitt), 3-1; Pitt 12-6
165: No. 2/2 Nick Sulzer (UVa) dec. Geno Morelli (Pitt), 14-8, Pitt 12-9
174: No. 7/7 Tyler Wilps (Pitt) major dec. No. 17/12 Stephen Doty (UVa), 12-4; Pitt 16-9
184: No. 7/6 Max Thomusseit (Pitt) dec. No. -/20 Jon Fausey (UVa), 4-3; Pitt 19-9
197: No. 20/18 Nick Bonaccorsi (Pitt) dec. No. 19/- Zach Nye (UVa), 3-1; Pitt 22-9
285: P.J. Tasser (Pitt) dec. Ethan Hayes (UVa), 2-1 (TB1); Pitt 25-9
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