Penn State in middle of heated early battle for NCAA team title
Sophomore Jimmy Gulibon is coming off a solid freshman campaign that saw the red-shirt post some key victories and work his way to an NCAA qualifier slot at 133. This year, Gulibon is ready to challenge for All-America laurels as the 2014-15 season unfolds. Parents: Kristen and James Gulibon -- Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies.
Lion Career 2013-14: Ranked #14 by Intermat....went 4-2 to place fourth at Binghamton Open on 11/10, with a pin, two tech falls and a major....made Penn State dual meet debut at Lehigh on 11/17, dropping tight 7-6 decision to #6 Mason Beckman on riding time...lost 3-2 decision to #6 Johnni DeJulius of Ohio State on riding time on 12/15...super 5-1 run at Southern Scuffle to finish as Runner-Up as the 7-seed...Gulibon beat #5 Ryan Mango of Stanford and #10 David Thorn of Minnesota to reach the finals, then dropped 4-0 dec. to #1 Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State in title tilt...picked up first dual meet win at Indiana on 1/17 with a 15-0 first period tech fall over IU's Chris Caton (2:57)...posted first Rec Hall dual win with 8-2 victory over Dominick Malone of Northwestern on 1/19...tough sudden victory loss (3-1, sv) to #11 Zane Richards of Illinois on 1/24...9-0 major over Michigan's Rossi Bruno on 2/2...tough 2-0 loss to #4 Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State on 2-16...first period tech fall (16-0 at the 3:00 mark) over Clarion's Victor Lepari on 2/23.
Big Ten Championships (3-2, 7th, NCAA Qualifier): Went 3-2 with a tech fall and a major to take seventh at first Big Ten Championship tournament on 3/8-9.
NCAA Championships (1-2, DNP): Went 1-2 at first NCAA Championships in Oklahoma City on 3/20-22, including major decision victory.
2012-13: Posted a 2-4 mark in open tournaments...grabbed one pin along the way...went 1-2 at the ESU Open in November and 1-2 at `Boro Open in February...First Team Academic All-Big Ten.
Gulibon came to Penn State from Derry Area High School in Latrobe, Pa., where he won four straight Pennsylvania State Championships, becoming the rare four-timer at the state level. Gulibon left Derry High with a stunning 134-4 career record to go along with four straight PIAA titles and four Powerade National Championships. He took part in the 2012 Dapper Dan and 2012 Dream Team tournaments as well. Gulibon is considering a major in either Community Environmental Development or Criminal Justice and is the son of Kristen and Jim Gulibon.