The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

April 17, 2013

New Pitt wrestling coach coming to Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — Jason Peters should feel right at home during the “Night with the Panthers” hosted by the Johnstown Panther Club Chapter tonight at Sunnehanna Country Club.

The new University of Pittsburgh head wrestling coach knows Johnstown and the surrounding region is a hotbed of scholastic wrestling.

Peters also is quite aware of the tradition at Pitt-Johnstown, where the Panthers’ branch campus’ wrestling program has thrived for decades under coach Pat Pecora.

“There are a lot of good wrestlers out there,” Peters said of the Cambria-Somerset region. “It’s a good place for wrestling. They support wrestling at the youth level. UPJ has a great program. A lot of times those kids out there like to stay out there (at UPJ). I think overall that’s good for Pitt.”

Peters will be part of a group of Pitt coaches and broadcast personalities who will participate in tonight’s 6 p.m. event at Sunnehanna.

The highest profile coach on the dais is second-year Panthers football coach Paul Chryst. Assistant men’s basketball coach Pat Sandle and head women’s soccer coach Greg Miller also will attend, as well as Pitt football color analyst Pat Bostick, a former Panthers quarterback.

Pitt named Peters as its 10th wrestling coach earlier this month. He replaced veteran head coach Rande Stottlemyer, who retired. Peters spent 10 seasons at Pitt, including nine as Stottlemyer’s top assistant.

“In Rande’s opinion, as well as mine, we could not make a better choice than to elevate Jason Peters to the role of head wrestling coach at Pitt,” Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said when the move was announced.

“We are all committed to helping Jason succeed and we are excited to watch his tenure as the leader of this program.”

Peters has helped the Panthers wrestling program win six Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships over the past four seasons – three regular season titles and three tournament championships.

“You always want to keep winning championships,” Peters said during a Wednesday telephone interview. “There is a lot of work to do and a lot of challenges. We have good kids coming in and quality people returning. We have a good plan. The guys just work hard, log a lot of hours and hold each other accountable.”

Pitt will move to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Peters hopes to build on an impressive resume. Over the past 10 seasons, the program has produced 11 All-Americans, including multiple All-Americans the past two seasons. The Panthers have sent 64 wrestlers to the national tournament with Peters on the staff, including a national champion in Keith Gavin.

Pitt also had 105 dual wins in Peter’s 10 seasons as an assistant and had 33 individual EWL champions.

“It’s been a good experience,” Peters said. “Rande helped prepare me for the transition. The guys have been accepting. It’s a pretty good situation.”

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0720 Pirates rally to keep sweep

    Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
    Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAG 0720 AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing

    Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes

    Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
    But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.

    July 20, 2014

  • Gorden, Joe Tribune-Democrat sports staffer departs after 44 years in newsroom

    Joe Gorden’s temporary assignment to The Tribune-Democrat sports department concluded on Thursday night after more than four decades.
    Gorden retired after 44 years at the newspaper, all but three of them in the sports department.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers 0731 Steelers’ Brown eyeing encore to breakout season

    Antonio Brown rolled up to the dorms at Saint Vincent College last week in a Mercedes conversion van.
    It’s fitting in a way. Five years into a blossoming career, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver is playing the role of dad – OK, maybe slightly older brother – to a group long on talent but short on experience.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bucs stand pat at non-waiver deadline

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will receive some welcome additions to their roster in the coming days.
    The faces, however, will be familiar.

    July 31, 2014

  • Blairsville pegged as team to beat

    As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
    After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.

    July 30, 2014

  • tim Baserunning blunder helps Giants end six-game losing streak

    Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
    Too bad for Hurdle. What he watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • shazier Rookie linebacker making impression at Steelers camp

    Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
    Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greene’s No. 75 will be retired at Ravens game

    Joe Greene’s No. 75 now belongs to the ages.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday the team will retire the Hall of Fame defensive end’s number during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.

    July 30, 2014