True sophomore Morgan McIntosh spent the 2011-12 season ranked among the nation's best at 197, wrestling a rugged schedule as a true freshman. McIntosh ended the year with a trip to the NCAA Championships, but a mid-season injury hampered his post-season run. Still, the talented California native gained valuable experience and was a key factor in Penn State's Big Ten dual meet, Big Ten tourney and NCAA championship runs. McIntosh is likely to red-shirt in 2012-13.
Lion Career 2011-12: Majored Justin Ortega 13-5 in Intrasquad on 11/3...beat Bloomsburg's Richard Perry 6-0 in collegiate debut on 11/13...thrilled over 6K Rec Hall fans by nearly upsetting #2 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota on 11/20, losing 4-3 decision on last second takedown...went 4-1 and advanced to the finals of the 2011 Nittany Lion Open on 12/4, losing 12-9 to #20 Christian Boley of Maryland in the finals...went 3-3 with two pins to take sixth at Southern Scuffle, losing to #1 Cam Simaz of Cornell and close 4-3 dec. to #4 Matt Powless (on last second officials overrule)...picked up first Big Ten dual win with 7-5 dec. over Michigan State's John McDiarmid on 1/8...6-4 win over fifth-year senior John Schoen of Northwestern on 1/13...5-3 sudden victory win over Iowa All-American Grant Gambrall at 197 clinched Lions' 22-12 victory over Hawkeyes on 1/22...5-4 win without giving up takedown over #20 Andrew Campolattano on 1/29...dropped tough 4-3 decision to #4 Matt Wilps of Pitt on 2/19.
Big Ten Championships (2-2, 5th, NCAA Qualifier): Posted a 2-2 mark at first Big Ten Championship to take fifth place at 197 on 3/3-4...downed Ohio State's Campolattano 3-1 in opening round before losing to #3 and #7 ranked wrestlers.
2012 NCAA Championships (1-2): Went 1-2 at first NCAA Championship, picking up first round win...one loss was to #1 seeded wrestler.
Named the national High School Wrestler of the Year by Intermat, McIntosh won three state titles in California, capped off by a 189 pound crown in 2011 (he won the 189 pound title in 2010 and the 171 pound crown in 2009 and was 5th at 160 as a freshman). McIntosh had a 189-5 career record (including 128 pins), with all five losses coming his freshman season. He went 41-5 during his first year of high school wrestling, and then reeled off three straight undefeated seasons (43-0 in 2009, 59-0 in 2010 and 46-0 in 2011) and won the 2011 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. McIntosh won the Fargo Junior National Championship this summer.