Wrestling Match Blog - FINAL: #1 Penn State 48, Rider 0

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live coverage of the two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State wrestling team's final home match of the season against Rider.

Take a look back at Penn State's dominant 48-0 victory over Rider in the final home match of the 2012-13 season.

125: #2 Nico Megaludis Pins Patrick Skinner - 3:48
Sophomore Nico Megaludis kicked off the final home dual of the season with a bang, pinning Rider freshman Patrick Skinner at the 3:48 mark of the bout.  Megaludis took an 8-3 victory into the second period following four first-period takedowns.  He added two more takedowns in the second before turning Skinner for a pin, which put the Lions up 6-0 on the scoreboard.

133: #14 Jordan Conaway Majors Mike Shupin - 19-5
Redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway worked for a first-period takedown and a 2-0 lead against Mike Shupin from Rider.  Shupin escaped out late in the first to make it 2-1.  He added a second escape to begin the second, tying the match at 2-2, but Conaway answered with a pair of takedowns to make it 6-2.  The Lion freshman then added a fourth takedown and two near-fall points as the buzzer sounded in the second to take a 10-4 lead into the final period.  As he has done some many times this season, Conaway got stronger as the bout went on.  He used a takedown and three near-fall points to claim a 19-5 major decision victory, which put Penn State up 10-0 on the scoreboard.

141: Bryan Pearsall Pins Rob Signa - 2:01
Nittany Lion senior Bryan Pearsall put an exclamation point on his final match in Rec Hall.  The Lion veteran scored a takedown early, but it was his cradle at the 2:01 mark that handed Pearsall a win by pin over Rob Signa of Rider.  Pearsall's pin was his sixth of the season, and he improved to 18-7 on the season.  The pin put the Lions up 16-0 in the match.

149: #12 Andrew Alton Majors Curt Delia - 12-4
Sophomore Andrew Alton nearly made it two pins in just a matter of seconds when he almost completed a first-period throw against Rider's Curt Delia.  Nonetheless, Delia fended off Alton's attempts to end the match quickly.  Alton took a 6-2 lead into the second period thanks to a pair of takedowns and two near-fall points.  He notched an escape point to make it 7-2 early in the second.  From there, Alton added two more takedowns in the third frame and a riding time point for a 12-4 major decision.  Alton's major set the score at 20-0, Nittany Lions.

157: #5 Dylan Alton Defeats Zac Cibula - 5-2
Fifth-ranked Dylan Alton took a 4-1 lead against Rider's Zac Cibula after one period.  Alton completed a takedown at the 1:00 mark during a tight start to the match.  Nonetheless, the Lion sophomore took control with a late takedown for a 4-1 lead after one.  A quick escape to open the second made it 5-1, Alton.  The score remained 5-1 until Cibula opened the third period with an escape, which made it 5-2.  Alton held on for a 5-2 decision, sending Penn State into the intermission with a 23-0.

165: #2 David Taylor Pins #20 Ramon Santiago - 3:48
Junior David Taylor found himself in an unfamiliar position just seconds into his bout with 20th-ranked Ramon Santiago after the Rider junior scored a takedown.  However, Taylor came right back with a reversal to make it 2-2.  Santiago was hit with a stalling call, which put Taylor up, 3-2, after one period.  With nearly 2:45 of riding time in his pocket, Taylor turned Santiago for a fall at the 3:48 mark, handing the Nittany Lions their third pin of the afternoon and a 29-0 lead in the match.

174: #7 Matt Brown Pins James Brundage - 4:06
Seventh-ranked Matt Brown scored three takedowns in the first period for a 6-3 lead over Rider junior James Brundage.  Brown added an escape point and a fourth takedown to claim a 9-3 edge 25 seconds into the second frame.  Brown worked for a turn mid-way through the second period and notched a pin at the 4:06 mark, putting Penn State on top by a score of 35-0 in the match.

184: #1 Ed Ruth Pins Ryan Wolfe - 2:38
Defending national champion Ed Ruth wasted no time taking a quick lead in his bout against Ryan Wolfe of Rider.  Ruth built a 6-2 lead on the scoreboard before putting Wolfe on his back in the latter stages of the first period for a pin at the 2:38 mark.  Ruth's pin was his 10th of the season.

197: #2 Quentin Wright Majors Donald McNeil - 12-4
A Central Pennsylvania native and Penn State Wrestling fan since he was a child, Quentin Wright has been a big piece of the Penn State's wrestling history.  The senior wrestled inside the main gym of Rec Hall on final time on Sunday afternoon.  Wright turned in a dominant performance from start to finish against Rider sophomore Donald McNeil.  The Lion senior led 92 after two periods before tallying a 12-4 major decision with nearly 5:00 of riding time.  Wright acknowledged the crowd with a series of waves as he walked out off the mat to a standing ovation.  Wright's win set the score at 45-0 heading into the final match of the day.

285: #12 Jimmy Lawson Defeats Greg Velasco - 3-0
Sophomore Jimmy Lawson and freshman Greg Velasco wrestled to a scoreless first period in the heavyweight bout.  With the top position to open the second period, Lawson rode out Velasco to keep the match at 0-0 after two.  Lawson needed just 15 seconds to get out of the bottom position and score a reversal to take a 2-0 lead in the match.  Lawson rode out Velasco in the third period for a 3-0 victory, which set the final score at 48-0 in favor of Penn State.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
The top-ranked Nittany Lions were sharp from start to finish in a truly dominant performance in the final home match of the 2012-13 season.  Behind pins from Megaludis, Pearsall, Taylor, Brown and Ruth, Penn State looked like a team beginning to find its stride heading into the month of March and the postseason.  Head coach Cael Sanderson said after the match that he is looking for the Nittany Lions to go for pins and to score bonus points at this point in the season because extra points will be crucial in Penn State's quest for another Big Ten and national title in March.  The Nittany Lions head to Rutgers on Sunday for their final home match of the season before shifting focus towards the postseason in March.


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