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Wrestling: Former Derry star Phillippi transfers to Pitt

Written by Brad Everett on .

Derry Area's Micky Phillippi was three times a high school wrestling king in Pennsylvania, but left the state to begin his college career.

Phillippi is now headed back to the Keystone State and, more specifically, "WPIAL Country."

After spending his first year at the University of Virginia, Phillippi recently announced that he has transferred to Pitt. Phillippi, who competes in the 133-pound weight class, redshirted his freshman season, but wrestled unattached and finished with a 22-7 record in open tournaments. He will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"There's no place like home, so I'm really excited to join the Pitt wrestling family," Phillippi told pittsburghpanthers.com. "The coaching staff are amazing people and I know that they will help me through the process of coming back. I can't wait to compete in the Field House because it will truly be a home match."

Phillippi had an outstanding high school at Derry, winning three PIAA titles. He finished with a career record of 169-14.