Panthers place seventh with half-team

01/25/2009 -

The Pittsburgh Panther Wrestling Club placed two wrestlers at the Doug Cherry Invitational to place seventh out of 13 teams.

Competing for the first time in three years, junior Donald Osinski stepped on the mat in the 165 lb. weight class and finished the day with a third place finish going 4-1. As the practice coach of the Panther Wrestling Club, Osinski has spent the last three years conditioning and lifting, putting on about 30 pounds of muscle.

Not to be outdone, senior Dave Crown went 3-1 on the day with three pins to take second place in the 133 weight class. But to get to the championship round, Crown had to beat Williamson Trade School's Chuck Nickel -- the first time he had in three matches against one another. Crown also took home the the Fastest Pins award for accumulating three pins in about nine minutes.

Together with sophomore Suk Jong Ko (125), sophomore Derrick Jusczak (157), and freshman Mike Furlong (197), the team finished seventh in a strong field of both NCWA and NCAA teams.