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Weekend College Top 10: Pitt, Penn State wrestling flex muscles

Updated 6 hours ago

Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:

1. Pitt wrestling dominates WVU, Bucknell

The No. 24 Panthers improved to 4-0 by routing WVU, 37-3, on Saturday and Bucknell, 34-4, on Sunday. The margin of victory over the Mountaineers (1-3) was the Panthers’ largest in the series since 1978. Sixth-ranked Micky Phillippi (Derry) and 12th-ranked Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) won by technical falls at 133 pounds and 184 pounds, respectively. Against Bucknell (2-3), Phillippi and No. 13 Demetrius Thomas (285) earned major decisions, and Robert Lee recorded a pin at 149. Bonaccorsi won by technical fall for the second straight match.

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2. No. 1 Penn State wrestling routs No. 9 ASU

The Nittany Lions won nine of 10 matches en route to a 41-3 triumph over Arizona State on Friday at sold-out Rec Hall. Top-ranked Vincenzo Joseph (Central Catholic) earned an 11-2 major decision over No. 5 Josh Shields at 165 pounds. At 174, No. 2 Mark Hall defeated No. 1 Zahid Valencia, 4-0, to end Valencia’s 43-match winning streak. No. 1 Jason Nolf (Kittanning) won by major decision for Penn State (4-0). Arizona State dropped to 1-3.

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3. Lombardi, IUP rout No. 18 Fairmont State

Dante Lombardi scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, leading the No. 3 Crimson Hawks to an 83-64 victory Friday. Jacobo Diaz contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds for IUP (10-0), Malik Miller had 20 points and Willem Brandwijk recorded a career-high 15 rebounds.

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4. Saint Vincent men improve to 9-2

Shemar Bennett scored a career-best 24 points to go with nine rebounds, leading the Bearcats past Clarks Summit, 89-74, on Saturday. Tom Kromka (Gateway) added 15 points for Saint Vincent, which shot 63 percent from the field.

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5. La Roche women move into 1st-place tie

Jenna Cole (Norwin) scored 19 points as the Redhawks defeated Hilbert, 76-54, on Saturday. Dasja Anderson added 15 points and seven rebounds. La Roche (5-5, 4-1), which has bounced back from a 1-4 start, is tied with Hilbert and Pitt-Bradford atop the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings.

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6. Records fall in Seton Hill’s blowout win

The Griffins women coasted past West Virginia State, 127-99, on Friday and set single-game school records for points, field goals (46), 3-pointers (17) and assists (36). Tiana Stewart led a balanced scoring effort with a career-best 18 points in 11 minutes. Lexi Civittolo and Alison Collins (Hampton) had 17 apiece, and Courtney Cecere finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Seton Hill (6-2).

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7. W&J men win 3rd straight game

Cameron Seemann scored 18 points as the Presidents recorded their first three-game winning streak since 2012-13 with a 78-74 overtime victory over Westminster in the PAC on Saturday. Primo Zini scored six of his 15 points in OT for Washington & Jefferson (5-5, 3-1), which ended an eight-game skid against the Titans. Anthony Ritter led Westminster (4-6, 2-2) with 19 points.

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8. Moose powers Geneva men to victory

Ethan Moose finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Golden Tornadoes past Hiram, 77-71, on Saturday. He made 10 of 17 shots for Geneva (5-4), and the junior upped his career total to 980 points. Moose was named PAC Player of the Week.

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9. Till, Slippery Rock roll on road

Micah Till had 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks to help The Rock down host Salem, 79-51, on Saturday. Slippery Rock (4-5) outscored Salem, 46-25, in the second half. The Rock also forced 25 turnovers and scored 34 points off them. John Warren II added 18 points in the win.

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10. Clarion women continue strong start

The Golden Eagles equaled their win total from last season with a 67-61 victory over Felician on Saturday, improving to 7-3. Kadijah Dickson scored 23 points, and Yasmin Lewis had 10 points and nine rebounds. Clarion finished 7-21 last winter.

Jeff Vella is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at jvella@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JeffVella_Trib.

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