Lions continue rugged road swing with two more ranked foes
Jon Gingrich heads into his sophomore season ready to battle for the starting nod at heavyweight. Gingrich, a local product from Bald Eagle Area High School, is coming off a 21-4 season as a red-shirt freshman, seeing plenty of action in open tournaments and gaining valuable experience in the process.
Lion Career 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.