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Charleroi wrestler Gavazzi: Pitt is it

| Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Charleroi wrestler Nick Gavazzi made an early commitment to Pitt over the weekend. Pictured above seated is Gavazzi, flanked by his parents, Kathy and Bob Gavazzi. In the back, from the left, are Charleroi wrestling coach Chad Alexis and athletic director Bill Wiltz.

When Nick Gavazzi attempts to win a third straight WPIAL Class AA wrestling title this winter, he will do so with a little less pressure on him.

He won't be trying to impress any college coaches.

That's because the Charleroi senior committed to Pitt over the weekend and will accept a scholarship from the university to wrestle there next year.

“It's the perfect fit for me,” Gavazzi said. “I visited there over the weekend and I just knew it was the place for me. It's a great environment for me to progress, not only as a wrestler, but as a scholar.”

Gavazzi will carry a 105-18 record into his senior season for the Cougars. Although he won the 138-pound title as a sophomore and a junior, Gavazzi will compete at 145 pounds as a senior.

“Pitt's a good fit for him and he had been talking to the coach there for a while,” said Charleroi wrestling coach Chad Alexis. “It's an excellent program and for what he wants to study, it is just a great place for him.”

Both Gavazzi and Alexis said making an early decision will allow the wrestler to be more relaxed on the mat.

“I think it takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” said Gavazzi, who picked Pitt over Penn. “I won't be thinking about colleges, just wrestling.”

“He won't be worried about his college future this season,” Alexis said. “That's a weight off his shoulders. He will be able to go out, enjoy his senior season and see how far he can go.”

Charleroi Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said Gavazzi did well, landing at a Division I school.

“That says a lot for him,” Wiltz said. “Pitt is a big-time school with a big-time program. I think that's pretty good for Nick.”

Gavazzi finished fifth in the state as a junior and hopes to better that as a senior.

He is the son of Bob and Kathy Gavazzi of Charleroi.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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