Dual set to air live on Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. (Eastern)/1 p.m. (Central)
Junior Nick Ruggear has made the jump from 197 to 285 over the last two years and is ready to compete for the starting heavyweight spot this year. Ruggear wrestled at 197 for Penn State a s true freshman, red-shirted in `11-12 and then saw action in open tournaments last year in his first season at 285. Parents: Colleen and Anthony Ruggear -- Major: Rehabilitation and Human Services
Lion Career 2012-13: Posted 6-3 mark in open tournaments...went 2-2 at Southern Scuffle in heavyweight debut...runner-up at Hitchcock Invitational on 1/20, going 4-1...had two pins and two majors.
2011-12: First year collegiate action.
2010-11: Went 5-1 to take third at 197 at Washington and Jefferson Open on 11/13, wrestling unattached....made Penn State dual meet debut with 12-1 major over Harvard's Bryan Panzano on 11/21, part of solid 2-1 showing at Sprawl and Brawl Duals...went 5-2 at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/5 to take seventh place...downed Lock Haven's Derrick Caldwell 8-6 on 12/12...went 1-2 at Southern Scuffle on 12/29...beat Pitt's Paul Sorentino in dual on 1/21, the lost to #6 Matt Powless of Indiana on 1/23...dropped 12-3 major to #10 Anthony Biondo on 2/6....went 0-2 at 197 in the 2011 Big Ten Championships on 3/5.
Nick had a strong career at Oxford High School. He took third at PIAAs at 215 this past season and placed fifth at high school nationals earlier in the spring. The Oxford High School grad went 40-4 this past season for the Hornets and left Oxford with a 120-30 career record with 49 pins.