MATCH NOTES: Lions Host Wisconsin Friday Night, Visit Purdue Sunday, Wright goi
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 16, 2013 -- The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (5-0, 2-0 B1G), ranked No. 1 nationally in IntermatÃ¢Â€Â™s TPI, will host No. 24 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-0 B1G) on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in sold out Rec Hall before venturing to West Lafayette, Ind., for a road dual at Purdue (10-4, 1-2 B1G) on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. The Wisconsin dual will be aired live on the Big Ten Network while the Purdue dual is Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s first Big Ten road dual of the year. Fans are encouraged to turn Rec Hall blue on Friday night by wearing blue to the sold-out dual.
Penn State is coming off its second Big Ten dual meet shut-out win of the year, a 41-0 blanking of visiting Michigan State last Sunday. The Lions used two pins, a tech fall and three majors to roll to victory. Sophomore Jon Gingrich downed then No. 4 Michael McClure in the heavyweight bout to clinch the shut-out. Now 5-0, 2-0 in Big Ten action, Penn State will ride a talented and balanced line-up into its first two-dual Big Ten weekend of the year.
For Nittany Lion senior Quentin Wright, the weekend could hold historical significance as the three-time All-American enters the two-dual weekend with 99 career wins. Wright is looking to become Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s 27th member of its 100 Win Club (at Penn State). Penn State looks to go with No. 2 Nico Megaludis at 125, Jordan Conaway at 133, Bryan Pearsall at 141, James English at 149, James Vollrath at 157, No. 2 David Taylor at 165, No. 3 Matt Brown at 174, No. 1 Ed Ruth at 184, No. 3 Quentin Wright at 197 and No. 16 Jon Gingrich at 285. No. 3 Andrew Alton (149) and No. 6 Dylan Alton (157) will not be wrestling in the Wisconsin or Purdue duals.
Wisconsin enters the weekend ranked No. 24 nationally, coming off its outstanding Big Ten win against Michigan last weekend. The Badgers are 6-2, 3-0 in Big Ten action. They are being led by No. 3 Tyler Graff, who is 18-3 at 133; No. 20 Jackson Hein, who is 14-4 at 197; and No. 11 Connor Medbery, who is 16-3 at 285.
Purdue will carry a 10-4 overall mark into this weekendÃ¢Â€Â™s action, including a 1-2 Big Ten mark. The Boilermakers feature an equally dangerous line-up, led by senior Ivan Lopouchanski, who is 17-0 at 149 and ranked No. 13. Camden Eppert is 18-6 at 125 and ranked No. 17 and Braden Atwood is 18-4 at 197 and ranked No. 17.
The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series with Wisconsin 12-8. Penn State shut out the Badgers 43-0 in Madison last year on 1/15/12. Penn State beat UW in the last meeting in Rec Hall, 30-12, on 2/18/11. WisconsinÃ¢Â€Â™s last victory was a 28-13 victory on 1/1/09 in Rec Hall, a year before SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s arrival. Penn State owns an 11-1-1 lead in the series with Purdue. The last time the two teams met was prior to SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s arrival at Penn State when the squads tied 17-17 at Purdue on 1/24/09.
Penn State will continue Big Ten action next weekend, hosting Nebraska on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.. in Rec Hall. Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s full season of home duals is sold out. For information on which duals have a limited number of SRO tickets available and to purchase tickets, fans can call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office windows beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstateWREST and on Penn State WrestlingÃ¢Â€Â™s facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling. The 2012-13 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (5-0, 2-0 B1G)
WT NAME EL HT/HS REC
125 #2 Nico Megaludis So. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional 13-1
133 Jordan Conaway Fr. Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford 7-4
141 Bryan Pearsall Sr. Lititz, Pa./Warwick 13-6
149 #3 Andrew Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 13-0
James English Sr. York, Pa./Central York 14-2
157 #6 Dylan Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 12-2
James Vollrath` Jr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South 21-5
165 #2 David Taylor Jr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 14-1
174 #3 Matt Brown So. West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus 15-1
184 #1 Ed Ruth Jr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 16-0
197 #3 Quentin Wright Sr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 15-0
285 #16 Jon Gingrich So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 12-4
Jimmy Lawson So. TomÃ¢Â€Â™s River, N.J./Manchester Township 12-3
#24 WISCONSIN BADGERS (6-2, 3-0 B1G)
WT NAME EL HT REC
125 Matt Cavallaris So. Naperville, Ill. 3-10
133 #3 Tyler Graff Jr. Loveland, Colo. 18-3
141 Tom Kelliher Sr. Burnsville, Minn. 9-11
149 Cole Schmitt Sr. New Glarus, Wis. 4-7
157 Kalvin York Jr. Belleville, Wis. 5-6
165 Frank Cousins So. St. Cloud, Fla. 6-6
174 Ben Cox So. Minnetonka, Minn. 0-7
184 Scott Liegel Jr. Spring Green, Wis. 11-10
197 #20 Jackson Hein Jr. Wausau, Wis. 14-4
285 #11 Connor Medbery Fr. Loveland, Colo. 16-3
PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (10-4, 1-2 B1G)
WT NAME EL HT REC
125 #17 Camden Eppert Jr. Anderson, Ind. 18-6
133 Danny Sabatello Fr. Long Grove, Ill. 11-6
141 Brandon Nelson So. Indianapolis, Ind. 16-8
Nick Lawrence So. Westlake, Ohio 9-8
149 #13 Ivan Lopouchanski Sr. Hollywood, Fla. 17-0
157 Tommy Churchard Sr. Valparaiso, Ind. 15-8
165 Pat Robinson So. Noblesville, Ind. 19-8
174 Chad Welch Fr. Newburgh, Ind. 16-6
184 Patrick Kissel So. Sheboygan, Wis. 18-8
197 #17 Braden Atwood So. Delphi, Ind. 18-4
285 Alex White Jr. Mount Vernon, Ind. 7-10
All Rankings are Intermat as of 1/15/13
Cael Sanderson, last yearÃ¢Â€Â™s Intermat National Coach of the Year, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team. The veteran head coach now has two straight NCAA and Big Ten titles in hand as the 2012-13 season unfolds.
THE PENN STATE YEARS...
In his first year at Penn State (2009-10), he guided the Lions to a 13-6-1 dual meet mark, 5-3 in Big Ten action, and crowned his first Big Ten Champion. The Lions finished No. 10 in the final USAÃ¢Â€ÂˆToday/Coaches dual meet poll and placed ninth at NCAAs.
In 2010-11, Sanderson guided the Nittany Lions to its first-ever Southern Scuffle Co-Championship and its first Virginia Duals Championship since 1991. In guiding Penn State to a 6-1-1 conference mark, Sanderson equaled the most Big Ten dual meet wins in Penn State history in just his second year at the helm of the Nittany Lions (Penn State won six Big Ten duals in 1998). Sanderson led Penn State to the schoolÃ¢Â€Â™s first ever Big Ten Championship on March 5-6 and was named 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Saving the best for last, he led the Nittany Lions to the 2011 NCAAÃ¢Â€ÂˆNational Championship in Philadelphia on March 17-19, Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s first since 1953 and SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s first as a collegiate head coach.
Last year, Sanderson led Penn State to a school record 7-1 Big Ten dual record and a share of the 2012 Big Ten dual meet championship. Sanderson then made it two in a row by leading Penn State to the 2012 Big Ten Championship at Purdue on March 3-4 and was named 2012 Big Ten Coach of the Year, earning the honor for the second straight season. Two weeks later, Sanderson led Penn State to a second straight NCAA crown, helping Penn State to become just the fourth team in NCAA history to win back-to-back titles.
In three years as Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s coach, Sanderson has led the Nittany Lions to two-straight conference titles, two straight national titles, collected 14 All-Americans, three national champions, two Gorriaran winners, one NCAA tourney OW and one Hodge Trophy winner.
This year, Penn State is 5-0 overall and won its third straight Southern Scuffle title in early January. Coach Sanderson now sports an 92-18-2 dual meet mark in this, his seventh year as a head coach. He is 48-8-2 and in his fourth year at Penn State.
THE IOWA STATE YEARS...
Sanderson came to Penn State after three extremely successful years as the head coach at his alma mater. SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s teams did not finish any lower than fifth at the NCAA Championships and never had a wrestler not qualify for nationals, getting 30 of 30 grapplers through to the championship tournament. In 2007, SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s rookie campaign, he led ISU to a 13-3 dual meet record and the first of three straight Big 12 Championships. An NCAA Runner-Up finished in Detroit capped off a wildly successful year as the Cyclones crowned one national championship and Sanderson was honored as Big 12 Coach of the Year, National Rookie Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year. The next year, Sanderson led ISU to a 16-4 dual meet mark, another Big 12 title and a fifth place finish at nationals. Iowa StateÃ¢Â€Â™s seven All-Americans in 2008 were the most at the school since 1993. In his final year at ISU, SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s team went 15-3 in duals, won its third straight Big 12 title and took third place at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis (just 12 points out of first place). The Cyclones also crowned another national champion. In three years, SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s teams went 44-10, won three conference crowns, qualified all 30 wrestlers for nationals, and earned 15 All-America awards and two individual national titles.
GINGRICH DOWNS #4 McCLURE TO SPARK LIONS IN WIN OVER MICHIGAN STATE; NAMED B1G WRESTLER OF WEEK
Sophomore Jon Gingrich used a four-point move late in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and roll to a 5-3 win over #4 Michael McClure of Michigan State on 1/13, securing Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s second straight Big Ten dual meet shutout in a 41-0 win. The victory, in front of over 6,300 fans in Rec Hall, was also GingrichÃ¢Â€Â™s second over a top-ten Big Ten foe to secure a shut-out (Gingrich beat then #8 Adam Chalfant of Indiana in Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s 52-0 win over the Hoosiers). Gingrich was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (1/15) for his efforts.
VOLLRATH DOWNS #19 CHEZA OF MICHIGAN STATE
Junior James Vollrath got the nod at 157 against #19 David Cheza of Michigan State in the Nittany LionsÃ¢Â€Â™ 41-0 dual meet win over the Spartans on 1/13. Vollrath came away with a convincing 6-4 win in helping Penn State secure the shut-out.
PENN STATE SHUTS OUT MICHIGAN STATE FOR 2ND STRAIGHT BIG TEN DUAL SHUT-OUT
Head coach Cael Sanderson led Penn State to its second straight shut-out in a Big Ten dual as his Lions blanked Michigan State 41-0 on 1/13. Penn State used two pins, a tech fall and three majors, as well as two big wins over MSUÃ¢Â€Â™s ranked wrestlers, to roll the victory. The shut-out was Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s second in Big Ten action to start the season as the Nittany Lions opened Big Ten dual action with a 52-0 win over Indiana in December. Penn State went 20-0 in its first two conference duals, outscoring IU and MSU 93-0 and owning a 60-2 edge in takedowns. The MSU shut-out was the sixth for Penn State under Sanderson. The Lions had two in 2011-12 and two in 2010-11, but the IU and MSU ones were Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s first ever in its Big Ten history. Penn State last had three shut-outs in one year in 1971-72.
LIONS CLAIM THIRD STRAIGHT SOUTHERN SCUFFLE TITLE
By virtue of five finalists, including three champions, and a number of strong individual performances, the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team ran away from the field to claim its third straight Southern Scuffle Championship on Jan. 1-2. Wrestled over two days in Chattanooga, Tenn., Penn State tallied 178.5 team points, more the 20 points ahead of second place Oklahoma StateÃ¢Â€Â™s 158.0. The Nittany Lions had 11 of 17 competing wrestlers place and crowned three champs: Nico Megaludis at 125, Ed Ruth at 184 and Quentin Wright at 197.
RUTH NAMED B1G WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Nittany Lion wrestler Ed Ruth has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week for the week ending Jan. 6, 2013. The honor is RuthÃ¢Â€Â™s third overall and the first for Penn State this season. Ruth dominated the competition at the 2013 Southern Scuffle, winning his third straight Scuffle individual crown and leading Penn State to its third straight Scuffle team title. Ruth went 6-0 with three pins and two majors, advancing to the finals where he dismantled defending NCAA 184-pound champion Steve Bosak of Cornell 7-3 with nearly 3:00 riding time. RuthÃ¢Â€Â™s unstoppable performance helped Penn State to a runaway team title. Ruth is now 15-0 on the year with five pins, five majors and two tech falls.
MEGALUDIS, RUTH AND WRIGHT WIN SCUFFLE GOLD
All-Americans Nico Megaludis, Ed Ruth and Quentin Wright were three of Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s five finalists at the 2013 Southern Scuffle and the trio came away with Scuffle Gold on Jan. 1-2. Megaludis went 4-0 over the tournament at 125, including wins over the No. 10 and No. 8 ranked wrestlers. Ruth was a stellar 6-0 with three pins and two majors to win at 184. He downed defending national champion Steve Bosak by a lopsided 7-3 score in the finals with over 3:00 riding time. For Ruth, it was his third straight Scuffle championship (he won two at 174). Wright went 5-0 with two pins at 197 to win his second Scuffle crown, pinning No. 9 Jake Meredith in the finals. Penn State had two second place finishers as All-American David Taylor lost 3-2 in heated fashion to No. 1 Kyle Dake at 165 and junior James Vollrath lost a tough 3-1 (sv) decision to No. 14 Jedd Moore in the finals at 157.
BROWN AND ENGLISH LEAD PENN STATE PLACERS AT SOUTHERN SCUFFLE
Sophomore Matt Brown and senior James English each rolled to third place finishes at the 2013 Southern Scuffle, helping lead Penn State to its third straight Scuffle team title. Brown took third at 174 while English took third at 149. Joining that duo as placers was true freshman Jimmy Gulibon, who placed third at 133 as an unattached wrestler; senior Bryan Pearsall, who was eighth at 141; red-shirt freshman Luke Frey, who was seventh at 149; and sophomore Jimmy Lawson, who was seventh at 285.
TWO LIONS WIN TITLES AND F&M OPEN
Five members of the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team trekked to the Franklin and Marshall Open as unattached wrestlers. Four of those five unattached grapplers placed at the one day event. Sophomore Andrew Alton, ranked No. 5 at 149, blazed through his weight class, going 5-0 with three pins, a tech fall and a major to win the title. Andrew improves his unblemished record to 13-0. Sophomore Dylan Alton, ranked No. 5 at 157, was equally impressive, going 5-0 with three pins and a major to win his weight class. Dylan improves to 12-2 on the year. True freshman Wes Phipps had an outstanding tournament. Phipps rebounded from a quarterfinal loss at 184 to take fourth place. Phipps went 4-2. Red-shirt freshman Rex Lutz posted a 3-2 mark with a pin at 165 and placed eighth. Junior Andrew Church competed at 174, going 2-2.
LIONS NOTCH FOUR PINS IN 42-3 ROUT OF LOCK HAVEN
Penn State notched four pins in a 42-3 home win over Lock Haven on 11/15/12. Nico Megaludis (125), David Taylor (165), Matt Brown (174) and Quentin Wright (197) all got falls while Ed Ruth (184) picked up a tech fall and Jordan Conaway (133) posted a major. The Nittany Lions also got decisions from Andrew Alton (149), Dylan Alton (157) and Jimmy Lawson (285).
LAWSON WINS REC HALL DUAL DEBUT
Sophomore heavyweight Jimmy Lawson thrilled a sold out Rec Hall crowd of nearly 6,300 fans with a 5-1 win in his Rec Hall dual meet debut. Lawson posted a 5-1 win over Lock HavenÃ¢Â€Â™s Harry Turner in the final bout of a 42-3 win on 12/15/12.
LIONS POST HISTORIC NUMBERS IN SHUT-OUT WIN OVER INDIANA HOOSIERS
Penn State won all ten bouts, including tallying six pins, in a record-breaking 52-0 shut-out win over the visiting Indiana Hoosiers on Dec. 9, 2012. The Big Ten opener for both teams saw Penn State reel off four straight pins to begin the dual from Nico Megaludis at 125, Jordan Conaway at 133, Bryan Pearsall at 141 and Andrew Alton at 149. Matt Brown added one at 174 and Ed Ruth picked up one at 184 as well. David Taylor added a major at 165 and Quentin Wright picked up a forfeit at 197. Dylan Alton grabbed a decision at 157 but the evening belonged to sophomore heavyweight Jon Gingrich, who upset No. 8 Adam Chalfant 6-5 (with two third period takedowns) to secure the shut-out. The win was the most-lopsided in Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s Big Ten history dating back to 1992-93. It was also the second largest margin of victory for the Lions (Penn State beat Millersville 54-0 in 1983).
GINGRICH DOWNS #8 CHALFANT TO SECURE PENN STATEÃ¢Â€Â™S SHUT-OUT WIN OVER BIG TEN FOE INDIANA
Heavyweight Jon Gingrich used two third period takedowns to beat No. 8 Adam Chalfant of Indiana in the Big Ten dual meet debut for the Lion sophomore. GingrichÃ¢Â€Â™s 6-5 decision helped secure a team dual shut out as Penn State downed Indiana 52-0 on 12/9/12. With teammate Jimmy Lawson holding the No. 15 spot at 285 in the official Intermat rankings, Gingrich debuted in other national rankings, getting the No. 20 spot from W.I.N. (12/11/12) and AWN/TOM (12/11/12).
ANDREW ALTON, TAYLOR, BROWN, RUTH AND WRIGHT WIN NITTANY LION OPEN TITLES
Sophomore Andrew Alton made a stellar return to the mat after missing Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s first two duals, posting a 6-0 mark at 149 with five pins to win the title. Four of AltonÃ¢Â€Â™s five pins were in the first period, including two in the first minute. Junior All-American David Taylor was Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s next champion, going 5-0 with three pins and two tech falls to win the title at 165. Taylor pinned No. 13 Mark Lewandowski of Buffalo in the finals. Sophomore Matt Brown stormed through 174 to win his first NLO title. Brown went 5-0 on the day with a tech fall and two majors. He downed No. 11 Greg Zanetti of Rutgers in the finals. All-American Ed Ruth was untouchable at 184 as well. Ruth went 5-0 win the 184-pound crown with a pin, a tech fall and two majors. He downed No. 10 Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland in the finals. All-American Quentin Wright met teammate Morgan McIntosh in the finals at 197. Wright grabbed a hard-fought 5-3 (sv) win to claim the crown while McIntosh, who is red-shirting, placed second. Wright went 5-0 with three pins, including two first period falls.
MEGALUDIS, GULIBON, DYLAN ALTON, McINTOSH AND LAWSON RUNNERS-UP AT NLO
All-American Nico Megaludis went 4-1 at 125, advancing to the finals before losing a 3-2 decision to red-shirting Pitt Panther upperclassman Anthony Zanetta in the finals, taking second place. True freshman Jimmy Gulibon lost a hard-fought 3-2 decision on riding time to LehighÃ¢Â€Â™s Mason Beckman in the finals at 133. Gulibon went 4-1 on the day. All-American Dylan Alton, ranked No. 5 at 157, was 4-1 on the day, advancing to the finals before dropping a tough sudden victory decision (9-4) to No. 3 James Fleming of Clarion. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh lost to teammate Quentin Wright in the finals at 197 to take second. McIntosh was superb with a 4-1 mark, including two majors. Sophomore Jimmy Lawson had a good run to the finals at 285, going 4-1 on the day, his only loss in the finals. Lawson had a major and a pin to take second place.
LAWSON CLAIMS MAT-TOWN TITLE
Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Jimmy Lawson was the lone Penn Stater competing at the 2012 Mat-Town Open at nearby Lock Haven University. Lawson stormed through the field to claim the heavyweight title at the event. The sophomore heavyweight began the day with two wins over unattached non-collegiate wrestlers (meaning the results do not count towards his official record). Lawson posted a first period pin (1:11) and a quick tech fall in those two bouts. He then downed PennÃ¢Â€Â™s Steven Graziano 5-1 in the semifinals before beating Lock HavenÃ¢Â€Â™s Harry Turner 4-1 in the finals. Lawson went 2-0 on the day officially plus picked up a pin and tech fall against non-collegiate wrestlers.
PENN STATE USES FOUR PINS TO HAMMER WEST VIRGINIA 44-3 IN ROAD DUAL
The Nittany Lion wrestlers used four pins to coast to a 44-3 road dual win at West Virginia on 11/18. Penn State got falls from Nico Megaludis at 125 (5:53), Dylan Alton at 157 (2:28), Matt Brown at 174 (4:10) and Quentin Wright at 197 (0:25). The Lions also got majors from Jimmy Lawson at 285, Ed Ruth at 184 and James English at 149 as well as a tech fall from David Taylor at 165.
PEARSALL TAKES DOWN #19 PENNESI IN WIN AT WVU
Senior Bryan Pearsall picked up an impressive win in Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s 44-3 dual victory at West Virginia on 11/18. The 141-pounder used an impressive third period ride-out (along with a second period escape) to post the 2-0 win over #19 Nathan Pennesi in the win.
LAWSON WINS IN NITTANY LION DEBUT AT WVU
Sophomore heavyweight Jimmy Lawson was impressive in his first bout in the Blue and White singlet. Lawson beat West Virginia senior Phil Mandzik handily in PSUÃ¢Â€Â™s 44-3 win at WVU on 11/18, posting a convincing 9-0 major to cap off Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s lopsided win in Morgantown.
BROWN AND RUTH LEAD NITTANY LIONS OVER #24 LEHIGH IN SEASON OPENER
The top-ranked Penn State wrestling team won eight of ten bouts on its way to a 29-6 win over #24 Lehigh in the season opener for Cael SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s Lions. Wrestled in front of a sold-out Rec Hall crowd over nearly 6,500, Penn State got two tech falls (Nico Megaludis and David Taylor) and a major (Matt Brown) in the win. All-American Ed Ruth posted a strong 11-9 win over #3 Robert Hamlin and Brown majored #18 Nathaniel Brown 12-1 at 174.
CONAWAY WINS DUAL MEET DEBUT
Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway made his Penn State dual meet debut against Lehigh on 11/16 and grabbed an impressive win in the process. Conaway got a takedown with just :07 left to post a 3-2 win over Laike Gardner in Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s 29-6 win over Lehigh in front of a sold-out Rec Hall crowd.
ENGLISH DOWNS #18 WELSH IN SEASON OPENER
Senior James English got the nod at 149 in Penn StateÃ¢Â€Â™s season opening dual against Lehigh on 11/18 and answered with a strong performance. English dominated #18 Shane Welsh of Lehigh on his way to a 5-2 win, helping spur Penn State on to a 29-6 win in Rec Hall.
McINTOSH WINS TITLE AT ESU OPEN
Fifteen members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team took part in the East Stroudsburg Open, which concluded late last evening. Red-shirting sophomore Morgan McIntosh claimed the title at the event in which most Lions wrestled unattached. McIntosh was unstoppable, going 4-0 with three majors and a technical fall to win the 197 pound crown. Junior James Vollrath went 3-1 at 157 with a pin and a major to finish second at 157. True freshman Jimmy Gulibon took second at 133, going 4-1 with two majors. Red-shirt freshman James Frascella had an outstanding tournament, going 4-1 with a tech fall to place second at 174. Also placing for Penn State were the Beitz brothers. Sophomore Seth Beitz went 5-2 with a major to take fourth at 149 while true freshman Zack Beitz was 7-2 with two majors at 141 to take fifth.
GINGRICH WINS HWT CROWN AT BINGHAMTON OPEN
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team sent 17 wrestlers to the Binghamton Open at Binghamton University. Seven Nittany Lions placed at the event, which featured over 300 wrestlers, led by sophomore heavyweight Jon Gingrich who won the crown at 285. Most of the Nittany Lions competing were wrestling unattached. Gingrich was a perfect 4-0 on the day, including a 9-1 major decision over Lock HavenÃ¢Â€Â™s Harry Turner in the finals. Gingrich was one of seven Nittany Lions to place. Penn State had champ (Gingrich), four third-place finishers, a fourth-place finisher and a fifth-place finisher. True freshman Jimmy Gulibon went 6-1 with two majors at 133 to take third place. Sophomore Seth Beitz was 6-1 with two pins and two majors at 149 and also placed third. Junior James Vollrath went 7-1 with a major, a tech fall and a pin, and finished third at 157. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh posted a 4-1 mark at 197 with a pin and a major and finished third as well. Senior Nick Fischer was 6-1 with a tech fall and two majors and placed fourth at 165 and red-shirt freshman James Frascella was 5-2 with a pin to finish fifth at 174.
REGULAR SEASON SOLD OUT! ONLY LIMITED SRO TIX ARE AVAILABLE HEADING INTO 2012-13 SEASON
The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team has, for the first time in school history, sold out its entire season in advance of the first dual. A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets will go on sale, on a single dual basis, beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. for select events. For information on which duals have SRO tickets available and to purchase tickets, fans can call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office windows from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Penn State, under the guidance of head coach Cael Sanderson, will host seven home duals in front of what will be sold out Rec Hall crowds. The Nittany Lions host Michigan State on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m., Wisconsin on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., Nebraska on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. and Rider on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
FOUR LIONS COMPETE AT CLARION KNIGHT POINT OPEN
Four members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team opened up the 2012-13 open tournament season at the Knight Point Open at Clarion University on Sunday. Each grappler wrestled unattached at the event which concluded late yesterday evening. Junior Andrew Church posted a 4-2 record at 174, advancing to the consolation quarterfinals. True freshman Wes Phipps debuted at 184 and 2-2, advancing to the consolation semifinals. Phipps tallied two majors. Red-shirt freshman David Owens wrestled at 149 and went 0-2 and true freshman Caleb Livingston went 1-2 at 165 with a pin (a 2:59 pin over Kent StateÃ¢Â€Â™s Mike Crawford).
EIGHT NITTANY LIONS RANKED BY INTERMAT AS PENN STATE HOLDS #1 SPOT IN TEAM TPI
Eight members of the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team remain ranked nationally by Intermat, seven of whom appear in the top five at their respective weights. Following a third straight Southern Scuffle title last week, head coach Cael SandersonÃ¢Â€Â™s two-time defending NCAA and Big Ten Champions solidified the No. 1 team ranking on IntermatÃ¢Â€Â™s Tournament Power Index (TPI). The full list of national rankings is available at www.intermatwrestle.com. Penn State is ranked No. 1 with 111 points on IntermatÃ¢Â€Â™s TPI, well ahead of second place Oklahoma State, which has 99. Iowa has vaulted to third place and Minnesota follows in fourth. All-American Nico Megaludis is ranked No. 2 at 125, sophomore Andrew Alton is No. 3 at 149, All-American Dylan Alton is No. 6 at 157, All-American David Taylor is No. 2 at 165, sophomore Matt Brown is No. 3 at 174, All-American Ed Ruth is No. 1 at 184, All-American Quentin Wright is No. 3 at 197, sophomore Jon Gingrich is No. 16 at 285.
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