Brackets finalized for 2014 title tournament, Lions seeking fourth straight crown
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.