With a 22-12 victory over Mercyhurst College, Pat Pecora, wrestling coach and athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, became the coach with the most all-time wins in NCAA history. Pecora has been with Pitt-Johnstown for 44 years and currently has an overall record of 617-151-5.
“Pitt-Johnstown congratulates our legendary wrestling coach, Pat Pecora, for a historic achievement—the all-time winningest NCAA coach! We are enormously proud of this monumental accomplishment, which stands as a testament to his great work ethic, inspirational leadership, spirited enthusiasm and love for his wrestling teams and UPJ,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.
Pecora has led the Pitt-Johnstown Mountain Cats to 22 NCAA Regional titles and four straight PSAC Championships. He has been named National Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association multiple times, and has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches, NCAA Division II Wrestling, Pitt–Johnstown Athletics and National Wrestling Halls of Fame.