Seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor win NCAA titles to spark Nittany Lions
TWO-TIME NCAA FINALIST, 3X ALL-AMERICAN:
Three-time All-American Nico Megaludis heads into the 2014-15 season looking to claim an NCAA title at 125. Megaludis has already booked one of Penn State's most successful lightweight careers, reaching the NCAA finals twice and placing third as well. Megaludis will be one of the key veteran leaders on this year's squad. Parents: Linda and Dan Megaludis -- Major: Business Administration
Lion Career 2013-14: Went 4-1 at Binghamton Open on 11/10, with a pin and four majors, dropped close 6-5 dec. to #3 Nashon Garrett of Cornell in the finals...downed #17 Robert Deutsch of Rider 5-0 on 11/16...majored Boston's Bubba McGinley 15-3 on 12/6 then downed #9 Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh 4-1 in front of sold out BJC crowd on 12/8...teched #19 Nick Roberts of Ohio State 21-4 (6:54) on 12/15....went 5-1 at Southern Scuffle, with three majors, to take second...dropped 6-4 dec. to #1 Nashon Garrett of Cornell in finals, picked up a major over #12 Evan Silver of Stanford and a win over #6 Josh Martinez of Air Force...majored Purdue's Camden Eppert 15-4 on 1/12...downed #4 Jesse Delgado 5-4 on 1/24 in a rematch of last year's NCAA title bout...11-7 win over #13 Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State on 2/16...went 3-1 with a pin to finish as the 2014 Big Ten Runner-Up on 3/8-9...went 5-1 at NCAA Championships to claim third place, earning All-American laurels for third time...had wins over four seeded wrestlers.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 2nd, NCAA Qualifier): Went 3-1 with a pin to finish as the 2014 Big Ten Runner-Up on 3/8-9.
NCAA Championships (5-1, 3rd, All-American): Went 5-1 at NCAA Championships to claim third place, earning All-American laurels for third time...had wins over four seeded wrestlers.
2012-13: Beat Jesse Delgado of Illinois 3-2 in U.S. Marine Corps All-Star Classic exhibition on 11/3...19-4 tech fall over Lehigh's Alex Abreu on 11/16 followed by a pin (5:53) of WVU's Gage Swartz on 11/18....went 4-1 to take second at Nittany Lion Open on 12/2 including 8-1 dec. over #14 Nathan Kraisser of UNC, dropped 3-2 decision to red-shirting Pitt Panther Anthony Zanetta in finals...perfect 4-0 mark to win Southern Scuffle on 1/1-2, including wins over #10 Nashon Garrett of Cornell and #8 Matt Snyder of Virginia...downed #17 Camden Eppert of Purdue 5-1 in road dual on 1/20...lost tough 2-1 (TB) dec. to #1 Matt McDonough at Iowa on 2/1...pinned #5 Tony Delgado (6:45) in Penn State's 37-0 win at Illinois on 2/3...majored #12 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State 9-1 on 2/10.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 3rd, NCAA Qualifier): Went 3-1 at 2013 Big Ten Championships to take third place, dropping 6-3 decision to eventual champ Jesse Delgado in semis, wrestling back to take third.
NCAA Championships (4-1, 2nd, National Runner-Up): Continued run as one of nation's elite 125-pounders, going 4-1 as the #4 seed at NCAAs in Des Moines to earn his second trip to the NCAA finals and second All-America tag...17-2 tech fall over Ohio's Kevon Powell...5-2 win over Christian Cullinan of Central Michigan...12-4 major over Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State...beat #1 seed and previously undefeated Alan Waters of Missouri 2-2 (TB 2 RT) in national semifinals to earn second trip to NCAA finals in as many years...lost 7-4 to #2 Jesse Delgado of Illinois in finals.
2011-12: Downed Jordan Conaway 5-1 in Intrasquad on 11/3....pinned Bloomsburg's Sean Boylan in collegiate debut (2:15) on 11/13...lost close 6-2 decision to #2 Zach Sanders of Minnesota on 11/20...went 5-0 (plus a NC win) to claim the 125 crown at the Nittany Lion Open on 12/4...went 5-2 at the Southern Scuffle to take fourth, only two losses to #7 Frank Perrelli of Cornell...downed #9 Matt Snyder of Virginia at Scuffle...was dominating MSU's Eric Olanowski 8-3 on 1/8 when illegal throw call and subsequent injury gave him a DQ loss...rebounded in stellar fashion with 7-3 win over #7 Levin Mele of Northwestern in Big Ten road dual on 1/13...took former national champion and #2 Matt McDonough of Iowa to SV before losing 3-1 on 1/22...downed #15 Johnni Dejulius 6-2 with nearly 3:00 RT on 1/29....closed out Big Ten dual season with wins against Nebraska and Michigan to go 5-3 in-conference as a true freshman...posted 4-2 (sv2) win over #15 Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh on 2/19...went 3-2 at first Big Ten Championship at Purdue on 3/3-4 to take fifth place.
Big Ten Championships (3-2, 5th, NCAA Qualifier): Megaludis went 3-2 at his first Big Ten Championship, finishing fifth and earning a trip to NCAAs as a true freshman...downed Michigan's Grant Pizzo 12-3 and Ohio State's Johnni DeJulius 6-2...dropped 6-2 decision to #2 Zach Sanders and sudden victory bout to Northwestern's Levi Mele...beat Purdue's Camden Eppert 4-1 for fifth place.
NCAA Championships (4-1, 2nd, National Runner-Up): Stunning run at NCAAs included four straight wins to advance to national finals as true freshman...13-5 major over Michael Martinez of Wyoming then 7-3 win over #7 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma...avenged two regular season losses with 7-4 dismantling of #2 Zach Sanders of Minnesota in quarterfinals...thrilling 3-2 (tb2) win over #6 Frank Perrelli of Cornell in national semis, avenging two regular season losses to Perrelli as well...dropped tough 4-1 bout to #1 Matt McDonough of Iowa in national finals...became Penn State's first true freshman All-American since Quentin Wright was sixth at 174 in 2009.
Nico Megaludis came to Penn State as the No. 5 ranked recruit in the nation at any weight by Intermat. Megaludis was a three-time Pennsylvania State Champion, finishing his stellar high school career with a 170-1 career record. Megaludis began his career by posting a 37-1 record and taking third place at 103 as a freshman. A year later, the Franklin Regional product began a string of undefeated seasons that would lead to three straight PIAA titles. He went 46-0 in 2009 and took first at 112 and went 36-0 in 2010, taking the crown at 119. In 2011, Megaludis won 125 pound championship in Hershey, ending the year with a 51-0 record. Megaludis was also on the list of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award finalists, winning the Northeast Regional honor, one of only five finalists for the 2011 honor.