Seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor win NCAA titles to spark Nittany Lions
TWO-TIME NCAA FINALIST, 2X ALL-AMERICAN:
True junior Nico Megaludis heads into his third season as Penn State's 125-pounder on a mission to advance to his third straight NCAA Championship match, this time breaking through to bring home the individual crown. Megaludis is already a two-time All-American and two-time national finalist just two years into his career. An outstanding student as well, the Nittany Lion junior was a first team NWCA Academic All-American last season as well as an Academic All-Big Ten pick. Parents: Linda and Dan Megaludis -- Major: Finance
Lion Career 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.