CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The
Nittany Lion wrestling team punched six tickets into the semifinals of the 2013
Big Ten Championships during the first session of the tournament inside
Assembly Hall on Saturday morning.
Penn State heads into the second session of the Big Ten Championships second in
the team standings with 62.0 points. Iowa
enters the night session with 79.0 markers.
The Nittany Lions opened session one in perfect fashion with a 5-0 mark in the first
round round. Bryan Pearsall (141) and
Matt Brown (174) each tallied pins, Jimmy Lawson (285) notched a major and
Andrew Alton (149) and Dylan Alton (157) each advanced to the quarterfinals.
Penn State then posted a 6-4 mark in the quarterfinals with a pin from Quentin
Wright (197), technical falls from David Taylor (165) and Ed Ruth (184) and
decisions from Nico Megaludis (125), Jordan Conaway (133) and Brown (174). All six of them earned berths into the NCAA
Championships, which take place in Des Moines, Iowa in two weeks.
Additionally, Pearsall, Andrew Alton, Dylan Alton, and Lawson all remain alive
in consolation action and have the opportunity to wrestle their way into the
NCAA Championships. Take a blow-by-blow
look through session one inside Assembly Hall.
125 - #2 Nico Megaludis (22-2) - 1-0 -
Big Ten Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Second-seeded Nico Megaludis topped Minnesota's David Thorn by a score of
4-2 to earn a spot in the Big Ten semifinals.
Megaludis and Thorn wrestled to a scoreless first period, but the Lion
sophomore notched an escape and takedown in the second for a 3-1 lead before
finishing off the two-point victory.
Megaludis moves on to face Illinois' Jesse Delgado in the semifinals on
133 - #4 Jordan Conaway (15-6) - 1-0 -
Big Ten Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway competed in one of the top overall bouts
during the first session inside Assembly Hall.
Battling fifth-seeded Daryl Thomas, Conaway took a 2-1 lead after one
period, but Thomas came right back with an escape and takedown during the
second to go on top by a count of 4-3.
Conaway notched an escape in the third to send the match into sudden
victory. Thomas went on the offensive in
the extra frames, but Conaway fended off shot after shot before riding out the
Illinois standout for a 6-5 victory after two sudden victory periods and two
tiebreakers. Like he did all season
long, Conaway moved into the semifinals with gritty effort late in a bout. He is now set for a matchup against
top-seeded Logan Stieber from Ohio State.
141 - #4 Bryan Pearsall (20-8) - 1-1 -
Consolation Round Fifth-seeded Bryan Pearsall kicked off the Big Ten Championships with a
strong performance against Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher. Pearsall looked to be on his way to takedown,
but he managed to turn Kelliher for a pin at the 1:24 mark to punch a ticket
into the quarterfinals. Pearsall and
Brandon Nelsen battled to a scoreless first period in the quarterfinal
bout. The Lion senior notched an escape
in the second, but it was Nelsen's reversal late in the match that handed the
fifth-seeded Boiler a narrow 2-1 victory.
Pearsall heads into the consolation draw on Saturday night.
149 - #5 Andrew Alton (23-3) - 1-1 -
Consolation Round Fifth-seeded Andrew Alton wrestled strong for seven minutes in a
hard-fought 3-2 decision over Iowa's Josh Dwieza in the first round of the
tournament. Alton scored a takedown in
the first and then added an escape point to open the third. Dwieza charged late, but Alton held on for
the 3-2 win and spot in the quarterfinals.
Alton met fourth-seeded Jake Sueflohn of Nebraska in the quarters. The Lion sophomore took a 5-4 lead after a
high-scoring first period. Sueflohn
answered with a takedown in the second to go up by a 7-5 margin after two. Sueflohn then added two more takedowns and
riding time for a 10-6 win over Alton. Alton
heads into the consolation bracket on Saturday night.
157 - #3 Dylan Alton (23-4) - 1-1 -
Consolation Round Sophomore Dylan Alton used a trio of first-period takedowns to roll past
Wisconsin's Kalvin York by a score of 7-3 in his first round match. In the quarterfinals, Alton battled Josh Demas
from Ohio State. The duo wrestled to a
1-1 tie after regulation, setting up Penn State's second overtime match of the
quarterfinal round. The score remained
at 1-1 through one sudden victory period and the first tiebreaker, but Demas
used a takedown and three near-fall tallies in the second sudden victory frame
for a 6-1 victory. Alton will wrestle
Purdue's Tommy Churchard in the consolation bracket on Saturday night.
165 - #1 David Taylor (24-1) - 1-0 - Big
Ten Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Junior David Taylor turned in a dominant performance in the quarterfinals
against ninth-seeded Mark Martin from Ohio State. Taylor tallied a total of five near-fall
points, a takedown and an escape for an 8-2 lead after one. The Lion junior's advantage grew to 12-2
after two. From there, Taylor battled to
four more takedowns for a 20-5 technical victory. He will meet Iowa's Nick Moore in the
semifinals on Saturday night.
174 - #5 Matt Brown (23-4) - 2-0 - Big
Ten Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Fifth-seeded Matt Brown wasted little time taking control of his
first-round bout against 12th-seeded Cheney Dale from Indiana. Brown notched two takedowns and four
near-fall points in the opening period for an 8-1 lead. From there, Brown wore Dale down until he completed
a turn for a pin at the 6:15 mark. Brown
followed his first-round win up with a dominant third-period effort against
Ohio State's Nick Heflin. Brown and
Heflin were scoreless after one, and Heflin took a 1-0 lead after two, but the
final frame belonged to the Nittany Lion sophomore. Brown opened with an escape before exploding
for a takedown, three near-fall points and riding time for a seven-point third
period and a 7-1 victory. He moves on to
face No. 8-seeded Dan Yates from Michigan, who upset top-seeded Logan Storley
in the quarterfinals (3-2).
184 - #1 Ed Ruth (26-0) - 1-0 - Big Ten
Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Top-seeded Ed Ruth turned in a dominant performance against Ohio State's
C.J. Magrum in the quarterfinals at 184 pounds.
Ruth took a 7-1 lead after one period, thanks to a pair of takedowns and
three near-fall points. Ruth's lead grew
to 12-2 after two frames before rolling to a 19-3 technical fall victory. Ruth is slated to meet Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse
in the semifinals on Saturday night.
197 - #1 Quentin Wright (25-0) - 1-0 -
Big Ten Semifinals (NCAA Qualifier) Top-seeded and senior Quentin Wright needed just 81 seconds to move into
the semifinals. The 2011 Big Ten
champion at 184 pounds used one of his trademark shoulder throws in the first
period to notch a pin against Michigan's Max Huntley at the 1:21 mark. Wright moves on to face Ohio State's
fourth-seeded Andrew Campolattano in the semifinals on Saturday night.
285 - #7 Jimmy Lawson (21-5) - 1-1 -
Consolation Round Sophomore Jimmy Lawson scored a takedown and tallied 1:49 of riding time
after one period against 10th-seeded Kosta Karageorge from Ohio State. Lawson then opened the second frame with a
reversal to grab a 4-0 lead. From there,
Lawson used a second reversal in the opening seconds of the third period and a
second takedown to go along with the riding time point for a 9-1 major
decision. In the quarterfinals, Lawson
nearly completed a takedown for a 2-0 lead against second-seeded Mike McMullan
from Northwestern early in the first period, but the Wildcat veteran scrambled
for a takedown of his own and 2-1 lead after one. Trailing 5-1 heading into the third period,
Lawson battled to within 5-4, but that would be as close as he would get before
McMullan scored a 6-4 win with riding time.
Lawson will wrestle Nebraska's Spencer Johnson in the consolation draw
on Saturday night.
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The two-time defending Big Ten wrestling champion
Nittany Lions will begin their title defense at 10 a.m. (CT) on Saturday inside
Assembly Hall at Illinois.
The first session of the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships will feature
championship round prelims, championship quarterfinals and consolation
prelims. Seven of the 10 Penn State
wrestlers in action garnered a seeding of fourth or better.
The brackets for the tournament were released on Friday afternoon. Let's take a look at Penn State's session one
matchups. The Lions received five first-round
***Note*** Big Ten Championships Seeds are numbers listed.
125 - #2 Nico Megaludis (21-2) The second-seeded sophomore Nico Megaludis received a first-round bye. He will meet the winner of the match between
No. 7 David Thorn (10-7) of Minnesota and Indiana's Joe Duca (13-14). Megaludis did not wrestle Thor during the
regular season. He scored a pin (4:36)
against Duca in Penn State's 52-0 win over the Hoosiers on December 9. Megaludis placed fifth at the 2012 Big Ten
133 - #4 Jordan Conaway (14-6) Wrestling at the Big Ten championships for the first time in his career,
redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway received a first-round bye after claiming the
No. 4 seed. Conaway is slated to meet
the winner of a bout featuring No. 5 Daryl Thomas (14-7) of Illinois and
Indiana's Alonzo Shepherd (5-10).
Conaway scored an 8-6 victory over Thomas on Feb. 3. He did not wrestle Shepherd this season.
141 - #4 Bryan Pearsall (19-7) Fifth-seeded Bryan Pearsall kicks off his final Big Ten Championships
against Wisconsin's Tom Kelliher (11-14).
The winner of that bout will move on to face No. 5-seeded Brandon Nelsen
from Purdue. Pearsall tallied a pin
(1:22) against Kelliher on Jan. 18.
Pearsall defeated Nelsen by a score of 4-2 on Jan. 20. The Lion senior finished seventh at the 2012
Big Ten Championships.
149 - #5 Andrew Alton (22-2) Fifth-seeded sophomore Andrew Alton is slated to face Iowa's Josh Dwieza
(15-2) in the first round at 149 pounds.
The winner of the Alton-Dwieza bout will face No. 4-seeded Jake Sueflohn
of Nebraska in the quarterfinals. Alton
did not wrestle Dwieza in 2013. Sueflohn
tallied a pin against Alton in the Jan. 27 meeting. Alton placed fifth in the 2011 Big Ten
Championships at 141 pounds (Redshirted in 2012).
157 - #3 Dylan Alton (22-3) Sophomore Dylan Alton will face Wisconsin's Kalvin York (5-13) in the first
round of the 157-pound draw. The winner
of that match moves on to face No. 6 Josh Demas of Ohio State in the
quarterfinals. Alton did not wrestle
York in 2013. He posted a 4-3 victory
over Demas on Feb. 10. Alton finished
third in the 2012 Big Ten Championships.
165 - #1 David Taylor (23-1) Two-time defending Big Ten champion (157 pounds in 2011, 165 pounds in
2012) earned a bye in the first round of the 165-pound draw. Taylor will meet the winner of the match
between No. 9 Mark Martin (15-13) of Ohio State and No. 8 Austin Wilson (24-10)
of Nebraska. Taylor pinned Martin (2:55)
on Feb. 10. He did not wrestle Wilson in
2013. Taylor is 7-0 at the Big Ten
Championships during his career.
174 - #5 Matt Brown (21-4) Wrestling at the Big Ten Championships for the first time, fifth-seeded
Matt Brown is slated to meet No. 12 Cheney Dale (8-18) of Indiana in the first
round. The winner of the Brown-Dale bout
moves on to face No. 4 Nick Heflin in the quarterfinals. Brown pinned Dale (6:40) on Dec. 9. Heflin posted a 3-2 win over Brown on Feb.
184 - #1 Ed Ruth (25-0) Top-seeded Ed Ruth enters the 2013 Big Ten Championships as a two-time
champion (both came at 174 pounds). Ruth
received a bye in the first round, and he will meet the winner of a match
featuring Ben Cox (0-11) of Wisconsin and No. 8 C.J. Magrum (13-5) of Ohio
State. The Lion junior did not wrestle
Cox in 2013. Ruth tallied a pin against
Magrum (1:51) on Feb. 10. Ruth is 6-0
all-time at the Big Ten Championships.
197 - #1 Quentin Wright (24-0) Undefeated and 2011 Big Ten champion (184 pounds) Quentin Wright earned a
bye in the first round of the 197-pound draw.
Wright will meet the winner of the bout between No. 9 Alex Polizzi (17-12)
of Northwestern and No. 8 Max Huntley (14-11) of Michigan. The Lion senior did not wrestle Polizzi or
Huntley in 2013. Wright, who is 11-2
all-time at the Big Ten Championships, placed third at 184 pounds in 2012.
285 - #7 Jimmy Lawson (20-4) Sophomore Jimmy Lawson will debut in the Big Ten Championships with a
matchup against No. 10 Kosta Karageorge (9-5) of Ohio State in the first
round. The winner of that bout moves on
to face No. 2-seed Mike McMullan (16-2) from Northwestern. Lawson did not wrestle Karagoerge or McMullan
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By Kelsey Detweiler, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions have been waiting for it all year
long, battling for more than four months with some of the best teams and most
talented individuals in Division I wrestling.
Now, it's time for the postseason.
This Saturday, at 11 a.m. Penn State and the 11 other teams in its conference
begin the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
It will be arguably the toughest tournament that the Nittany Lions wrestle this
season as the Big Ten is one of, if not, the best conferences in the sport. But
if you ask head coach Cael Sanderson, his team's week leading up to the event
is business as usual.
"It's just like any other week and that's the way we want it to be," said
Sanderson. "We want to just focus on doing our best and having a good time and
naturally competitors will rise to the occasion as long as we stay out of their
The Lions return to the tournament looking to make it three consecutive
conference crowns as the team won the competition in both 2011 and 2012. But
instead of feeling the pressure that comes with a huge target on their backs as
reigning champions, Sanderson said that his team's recent success is more of a motivator.
"The last two years are something that we're very proud of," said
Sanderson. "Any time that you can win a Big Ten championship, especially in
wrestling where the conference is very tough, it's something to celebrate. We
have that opportunity ahead of us again and if anything I think it makes you a
little more hungry."
Finishing the regular season 13-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten, Penn
State enters the conference tournament ranked No. 1 nationally by Intermat and
has notched three individual top seeds for the weekend. David Taylor holds the
top spot at 165, Ed Ruth at 184 and Quentin Wright at 197.
Ruth has won the conference tournament both times that he's competed in
it, and is looking to continue that trend with a third championship win. But
the 184 pounder echoed his head coach's sentiment, and said that at the end of
the day he and his teammates aren't preparing much differently then they would
for any other match.
"Every time we go out on the mat it's still the same thing - it's
wrestling," said Ruth. "It hasn't changed since we hopped on the flight from
Pa. and then got off in Illinois. It's still going to be the same wrestling
just a different mat, different crowd."
Competing as one of the most talented and balanced line-ups in the
country, all 10 starters from the 2013 dual season will be featured in
Champaign, Ill. this weekend. And while most of the Lions, like Ruth, have a
history of a strong showing at the tournament, this will be the first Big Ten
Championship for three individuals on the Penn State roster.
Jordan Conaway is one of those athletes, competing at 133 as the
fourth-seeded wrestler for the first time. Conaway travelled with the team last
year and generally knows what to expect, but said that no one in the Big Ten
can be taken for granted in a must-win situation.
"You have to be focused for every match and it's just a little bit more
intense," said Conaway. "We want to win as a team and do the best we can and
place the best we can - it's the same as last year. We want to do as good or
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Leading up to the Big Ten Wrestling
Championships, which begin on Saturday in Champaign, Ill., GoPSUsports.com sat
down with head coach Cael Sanderson for a one-on-one preview interview.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions are off
from competition this week in preparation of the 2013 Big Ten Championships,
which begin on March 9 in Champaign, Ill.
With the break prior to the postseason, GoPSUsports.com had the
opportunity to sit down with 2012 Olympic champion Jake Varner for the latest
installment of This Week In Penn State Wrestling.
Varner recently returned from a USA Wrestling trip overseas where he competed
at a tournament in Bulgaria.
Additionally, Varner was on the U.S. delegation in Iran at the Freestyle
World Cup. Hear his thoughts on Olympic
wrestling, Penn State and more.
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By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student
Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Entering his first season as a starter for the Penn
State wrestling team, redshirt freshmen Jordan Conaway knew he would have a
high standard to live up to in a lineup featuring five returning All-Americans.
Now with the regular season almost complete, it is safe to say that Conaway
has more than lived up to the expectations of being a Nittany Lion.
With a 13-6 overall record that includes three victories over ranked
opponents, Conaway entered this week as the 13th ranked wrestler at
the 133-weight, a nice reward for someone who has been one of the team's
scrappiest competitors all season.
"It's nice to finally be ranked but I try not to worry too much about it,"
said Conaway. "Rankings aren't something we like to focus on."
While Conaway's emergence in the rankings validates the job he has done
this season, it also serves notice to the rest of the country that he will look
to be a force to be reckoned with come postseason.
Although the added attention will make it harder for him to sneak up on
some of his opponents the way he has done so far this season, the Abbottstown,
Pa., native was adamant that his mindset has not changed.
"You have to wrestle the same no matter who you're going against or what
your ranking is," said Conaway. "Even though some of the kids might be
considered tougher you have to keep the same mentality."
This mindset is a big part of what has enabled Conaway to upset a number of
the country's top ranked 133-pounders already, including third ranked Tyler
Graff of Wisconsin.
Along with his attitude, Conaway attributes his success to the superior
conditioning he has developed.
For a number of his matches this season, the freshman has used the third
period to wear down tired opponents in order to score both victories and bonus
"I know kids are going to get tired and I'm usually better at being
conditioned and lasting through the match," said Conaway. "I know going into
the match to be ready for them to start slowing down so that I can start to
make my moves."
Conaway's third period heroics have thrilled not just his teammates and
coaches this season, but also the Penn State fans.
It has become common at home meets for the Nittany Lion faithful to save
their loudest cheers for Conaway's matches, including his win over Graff, which
arguably was the loudest Rec Hall has been all year.
The energy and excitement provided by the crowd have, according to Conaway,
willed him to victory numerous times.
"The atmosphere here is a lot different than anywhere else and it's an
awesome place to compete," said Conaway. "Having so many people right on top of
you is different but it makes it really fun."
While Conaway has improved rapidly during his first season as a starter for
the Nittany Lions, it has not been hard for him to find motivation to continue
to get better.
With eight other ranked wrestlers, including three national champions, surrounding
him in the lineup, Conaway has not had to look far to see what it takes to
"We have so many top ranked guys in the room so it definitely motivates me
to keep working harder to get to where they are," said Conaway. "It's a good
room to practice in because everyone is working hard so you have to do the same
Although the season may be winding down, Conaway is not ready to stop and
reflect on what he has achieved just yet.
With the Big Ten Championships approaching, he's looking to continue to make
a name for himself and to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships.
"The season's still not over and the goals I set haven't been accomplished
yet," said Conaway. "I'm excited to wrestle in these upcoming tournaments and
to see how I do."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Leading up to Penn
State's final dual of the season, GoPSUsports.com sat down with Nittany Lion sophomore
heavyweight Jimmy Lawson for the latest installment of This Week In Penn State
Wrestling. Lawson, who is a Toms River,
N.J., native will be wrestling less than 40 minutes from his hometown on Sunday
afternoon against Rutgers.
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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. Follow
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