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KO wrestler Nick Zanetta headed to Pitt

The Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, July 25, 2012 8:46 p.m
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Nick Zanetta, a rising senior at Keystone Oaks, is coming off a season when he went 41-4 at 126 pounds and reached the PIAA?Class AA title match, falling to Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon, 9-3. Photo by Randy Jarosz

When elite high school athletes look to the future and prospective colleges, they evaluate a number of things.

They need to find a school where they believe they can be competitive, where they will be challenged academically and where they feel comfortable.

For wrestler Nick Zanetta, Pitt had everything he was looking for.

The rising senior committed to the Panthers and will join the team in 2013.

“It is a great academic school, and it’s close to home,” Zanetta said. “It is literally 10 minutes from my house, so I can go home pretty much whenever instead of every two weeks. It has a lot of things going for it.”

Zanetta will join the Panthers for their first season in the ACC.

Pitt will make the jump from the Eastern Wrestling League and face Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech in the Panthers’ new conference.

Zanetta said Pitt was the only school on his radar. He said the only other college he considered was Bucknell, but the school wasn’t really close to snagging him. Zanetta will be able to sign his letter of intent in November.

The Panthers did have an inside recruiting advantage with Zanetta: His older brother, Anthony, is a member of the squad.

“I almost know everyone on the team because I have been around them because of my brother,” Zanetta said. “It is going to help get closer to them when I get to Pitt.”

Zanetta is coming off a 41-4 season at 126 pounds, reaching the PIAA Class AA title match where he fell to Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon, 9-3.

“I was pretty much satisfied with how last season went,” Zanetta said. “There were a couple of matches I hoped would have went the other way. When you are wrestling Jimmy, you have to just go out and do whatever you can do.”

Zanetta said it is a relief to have his college decision made, and it will allow him to focus on improving to be ready for Pitt and to focus on his goals his senior season.

“My senior year, I am going for a state championship,” Zanetta said. “I hopefully will go undefeated, too. Those are my goals.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 4123-388-5813.

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