Cael Sanderson and company hit the road for Saturday/Sunday action
Junior Jon Gingrich notched some thrilling wins for Penn State in key dual meets last year and heads into the 2013-14 season ready to battle for the starting spot at 285 once again. He is coming off a solid sophomore campaign that saw him go 14-6 overall, including a 4-2 Big Ten mark. Parents: Barbara and Charles Gingrich -- Major: Landscape Contracting
Lion Career 2012-13: Lost to Jimmy Lawson 3-2 in Intrasquad Dual on 11/1...went 4-0 at Binghamton Open on 11/11 to win the 285-pound crown, including 9-1 major over Lock Haven's Harry Turner in the finals...dropped tough 5-3 decision to Lehigh's Jack Delia in Penn State dual meet debut on 11/16...went 4-1 at NLO on 12/2 to take third place, advancing to semifinals, majored #13 Odie Delaney of the The Citadel 14-1 for third place...downed #8 Adam Chalfant of Indiana 6-5 on 12/9, securing Penn State's 52-0 shut-out over the Hoosiers in Rec Hall...deceptive 2-2 mark at Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2...lost 3-2 to #2 Dom Bradley of Missouri in quarters then bowed out with 9-3 loss to #17 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio...beat #4 Michael McClure of Michigan State 5-3 in dual on 1/13, securing PSU's 41-0 shut-out win in Rec Hall...Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (1/15)...lost 6-3 decision to #11 Connor Medbery of Wisconsin on 1/18.
2011-12: Outstanding 21-4 season as a red-shirt freshman in open tournaments...undefeated at ESU Open on 11/12 to take first place...continued perfect start by winning Laker Open at Mercyhurst on 11/19...went 5-1 at Nittany Lion Open to take fifth place on 12/4....4-3 at Southern Scuffle...good enough for eighth place...wrestled `extra match' at Utah Valley, getting 13-2 major over UVU's Zac Jensen on 2/11.
2010-11: Red-shirt season
Gingrich came to Penn State from nearby Bald Eagle Area High School. He was a three-year starter for BEA, taking fourth in the district as a sophomore and then won the district title as a junior, took third at regionals and was fourth at 215 at the state championships. As a senior, Gingrich was the district champ and outstanding wrestler, was regional runner up and qualified for PIAAs once again. He earned all-league honors in football, was a four-year letterman in track and won BEA's scholar athlete award for football. He is the son of Charles and Barbara Gingrich.