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Senior Jon Gingrich grabbed the heavyweight spot down the stretch last season and became an NCAA qualifier for the NIttany Lions. Gingrich's 23 wins and key points at NCAAs were vital in Penn State's run to another NCAA crown and the Lion will compete for the starting spot at 285 once again this year. Parents: Barbara and Charles Gingrich -- Major: Landscape Contracting.
Lion Career 2013-14: Ranked #12 by Intermat...Went 4-2 in Big Ten duals...posted 7-1 mark with two pins and a major to take third place at Binghamton Open on 11/10...downed #19 Doug Vollaro of Lehigh 5-2 on 11/17 in Penn State's 22-12 victory at LU...went 5-0 with four pins to claim Thunder Wolve Open title on 12/7...went 5-2 at Southern Scuffle to place sixth as the 10-seed, including two majors and a 5-0 win over #17 Amar Dhesi of Oregon State...downed Illinois' Chris Lopez 6-1 in second dual appearance of the year on 1/24, his first dual of the season in Rec Hall...close 2-1 loss to #2 Adam Coon of Michigan on 2/2...strong 14-5 major over Oklahoma State's Ethan Driver on 2/16.
Big Ten Championships (2-3, 8th, NCAA Qualifier): Placed sixth at first Big Ten Championship tournament as the eighth seed, including 3-1 (sv) win over #1 Adam Coon of Michigan in the quarterfinals.
NCAA Championships (1-2, DNP): Went 1-2 at first NCAA Championship run in Oklahoma City, including 12-4 major in first round.
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.