Nittany Lion wrestlers looking for fourth straight Big Ten title
Junior All-American Dylan Alton will head into the 2013-14 season looking to return to the podium at NCAAs and make a run at the 157-pound NCAA title. A year after finishing third at 157, Alton battled through injuries but still posted a strong 28-8 mark and advanced to the round of 12 in Des Moines. He was one win shy of becoming a two-time All-American with losses only to the tournament's No. 1 and 4 seeds. Alton has proven he's among the nation's elite at his weight and the Nittany Lion looks to be in the mix for the crown this season.
Lion Career 2012-13: Beat #3 Jason Welch of Northwestern 3-2 in U.S. Marine Corps All-Star Classic on 11/3...pinned WVU's Jason Luster (2:28) on 11/18...went 4-1 to take second at NLO on 12/2 with a pin, lone loss a SV decision to #3 James Fleming of Clarion...went 5-0 with three pins and a major to win F&M Open on 1/5...went 4-0 with three pins to win Hitchcock Open on 1/20, including pins in just :08 and :19...beat #4 James Green of Nebraska 3-1 on 1/27...hard-fought 4-3 loss to #1 Derek St. John at Iowa on 2/1...14-6 major over Matt Nora in road dual at Illinois on 2/3...4-3 win over #19 Josh Demas at Ohio State on 2/10.
Big Ten Championships (3-3, 6th, NCAA Qualifier): Went 3-3 to take sixth place at 2013 Big Ten Championships at Illinois...picked up a pin over Wisconsin's Kalvin York, Purdue's Tommy Churchard (a fall at the 6:36 mark) and MSU's Ryan Watts.
NCAA Championships (3-2, `round of 12'): Went 3-2 at NCAAs, picking up three quick wins (including two key majors)...10-2 major over Columbia's Jake O'Hara...8-4 win over Pitt's Donnie Tasser...13-5 major over Rider's Zac Cibula...tough 8-3 loss to #1 Jason Welch of Northwestern quarterfinals...14-4 loss to #4 James Green of Nebraska in round of 12.
2011-12: Downed Dirk Cowburn 5-3 in Intrasquad on 11/3...made collegiate dual debut with 10-8 win over #14 Frank Hickman of Bloomsburg on 11/13...advanced to the finals of the 2011 Nittany Lion Open, taking second with a 4-1 record (plus an NC victory)...went 4-1 at Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2 to take second place, losing in finals by close 3-0 dec. to #1 Kyle Dake of Cornell, had two pins and a major...beat #14 Anthony Jones of Michigan State 1-0 on 1/8...lost tough 2-1 decision on riding time to #3 Jason Welch of Northwestern on 1/13...dominated #20 Josh Demas of Ohio State 4-0 with nearly 2:00 RT on 1/29...downed #7 James Green of Nebraska 2-1 (tb) on 2/3...his 30 wins as a freshman ties brother Andrew and Josh Moore for 10th on PSU's all-time freshman wins list.
Big Ten Championships (4-1, 3rd, NCAA Qualifier): Alton went 3-1 at his first Big Ten Championship, taking third and qualifying for NCAAs as a freshman...beat Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg and majored Purdue's Tommy Churchard before a 3-1 sudden victory loss to Derek St. John in the semifinals...rebounded with 3-2 win over Ohio State's Josh Demas and Michigan State's Anthony Jones to take third.
NCAA Championships (6-1, 3rd, All-American): Blazed to 6-1 record in first run at NCAA Championships to earn All-America status...only loss a 3-1 sudden victory decision to #2 Derek St. John of Iowa in national quarterfinals...beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia to the tune of a 12-4 major...downed #10 Anthony Jones of MSU 2-1...beat Air Force's Josh Kreimeir in first conso bout...4-3 win over #11 James Green of Nebraska followed by 7-5 (sv2) win over #5 Ganbayar Sanjaa of American...downed #3 Jason Welch of Northwestern in third place bout 6-2.
2010-11: Alton posted a superb 17-2 record as an unattached wrestler at 149 and 157 last season...notched five pins and three majors...won East Stroudsburg Open title in November and the National Collegiate Open at Clarion in February.
2009-10: First year collegiate action.
Dylan was ranked No. 1 at 152 by Intermat and was the No. 5 ranked overall recruit in the country (at any weight). Dylan was a three-time PIAA state champion, having claimed the 152 pound title last year with a 47-0 record. He won the 145 pound crown his junior year after a 47-0 campaign. The year before, he went 45-1 at 135 and claimed the state title as a sophomore. As a high school freshman, Dylan posted a 39-4 mark and took seventh at states. He ended his career with a 178-5 record at nearby Central Mountain High School. The Mill Hall native is, like his twin, an outstanding freestyle wrestler as well. Dylan won the 2008 and 2009 Junior National crowns, took the 2008 Junior National championship in Greco Roman, won the 2008 Walsh Ironman title and took third at the 2008 Super 32 Challenge. Dylan is the son of Neil and Donna Alton of Mill Hall, Pa., and the twin brother of fellow signee Andrew.