Quentin Wright clinches NCAA title with individual NCAA crown at 197 pounds
2012 NATIONAL CHAMPION
Junior Ed Ruth heads into the 2012-13 season riding a 35 match win streak, including all 31 of his bouts last year, culminating with a 13-2 major over Stanford's Nick Amuchastegi to claim the `12 NCAA title at 174. All but five of his wins were bonus point decisions. He is now a two-time All-American having finished third in `10-11. Ruth was named Intermat's National Wrestler of the Year at season's end.
Lion Career 2011-12: Beat Matt Brown 7-4 in Intrasquad on 11/3...downed #20 Mike Dessino 10-4 in season opening dual on 11/13...pinned Minnesota's Alex Ortiz at the 2:28 mark on 11/20...went 6-0 to win the 2011 Nittany Lion Open title on 12/4, downing #17 Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland in the finals...rolled through the field at the 2012 Southern Scuffle for his second title, going 6-0 with three pins, a tech fall and a major...dominating 18-3 tech fall over #9 Lee Munster of Northwestern on 1/13....majored #9 Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa 10-1 in dual win on 1/22...pinned #8 Nick Heflin of Ohio quickly at the 2:05 mark of the first period on 1/29....closed out second straight undefeated Big Ten dual season with pin of Nebraska's Tyler Koehn on 2/3 and a 12-1 major over #8 Justin Zeerip on 2/5...is 16-0 all-time in conference duals through two seasons...first team All-Big Ten...Intermat's 2012 National Wrestler of the Year...closest match of year was a 6-3 win over teammate Matt Brown in finals of 2012 Southern Scuffle on 1/2...has 140 career dual meet points...has never lost to a Big Ten foe, dual or tourney.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, 1st, NCAA Qualifier): Won his second straight Big Ten title at 174 with three dominating majors over #9 Jordan Blanton of Illinois, #10 Nick Heflin of Ohio State and #6 Logan Storley of Minnesota in the finals.
NCAA Championships (5-0, NCAA Champion): Dominated the field at the 2012 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, going 5-0 with two pins a tech and a major to win his first NCAA title and earn All-American laurels for the second time...pinned Jim Resnick of Rider and Dorian Henderson of Missouri...11-4 win over #9 Nick Heflin of Ohio State in quarters...16-1 tech fall over #4 Logan Storley of Minnesota in national semis...13-2 major over #3 Nick Amuchastegi in the national finals...is now 11-1 all-time at NCAA Championships...only loss an injury default in quarters as a freshman..69-2 career record.
2010-11: Made collegiate debut with 20-5 tech fall over Bloomsburg's Mike Dessino on 11/12...beat talented Lehigh freshman Austin Meyes 7-5 in Rec Hall debut on 11/14...continued perfect start to collegiate career with 3-0 day at Sprawl and Brawl Duals on 11/21, including two pins...nice run at Nittany Lion Open on 12/5, going 5-1 to take second; beat #9 Scott Giffin of Penn 6-2 in semis and lost 9-4 to #8 Mike Letts of Maryland in finals...moved up a weight to 184 and pinned Lock Haven's Jacob Bachman on 12/12...moved up to 184 one more time and majored Ohio State's Peter Capone 18-6 in Big Ten dual debut on 12/19...dominated loaded 174-pound field at Southern Scuffle on 12/29-30, going 5-0 with two majors and a pin to win title...beat #1 Mack Lewnes of Cornell 11-5 in semis (with four takedowns) and then took down #2 Chris Henrich of Virginia in the finals to win the crown and earn 2010 Southern Scuffle Most Outstanding Wrestler honors...went 4-0 with two tech falls and a pin at Virginia Duals on 1/7-8...pinned Pitt's Andy Vaughn (5:45) on 1/21 and Indiana's Nick Avery (4:49) on 1/23...10-3 win over #13 Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa on 1/30...18-6 major over MSU's Curran Jacobs on 2/4...beat Michigan's Justin Zeerip 13-6 on 2/6...pinned Ben Freidl of Illinois (4:56) on 2/11...12-5 win over #12 Scott Glasser of Minnesota on 2/13...completed perfect dual meet season with solid 8-5 win over #14 Ben Jordan of Wisconsin on 2/18, going 19-0 in duals and 8-0 vs. the Big Ten.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, 1st, NCAA Qualifier): Rolled through field at 2011 Big Ten Championships to earn Big Ten title at 174, getting major and beating two ranked grapplers, a 3-2 win over Iowa's Ethan Lofthouse and an 8-5 win over Ohio State's Nick Heflin in the finals.
NCAA Championships (6-1,3rd Place Finisher): Rebounded from an injury in the national quarterfinals to spur Penn State on to the NCAA team title with a 6-1 mark and a third place finish at his first NCAA tournament, becoming a freshman All-American...Ruth had two pins (one in 0:24 and one in 0:42) to win the Gorriaran Award for most pins in least time at the 2011 NCAA Championships...beat the #6, #5 and #3 wrestlers on his way to a third place finish.
2009-10: Red-shirt season...went 14-3 as an unattached grappler...took second at ESU Open, placed fifth at NLO, won the Hitchcock on 1/17...second at National Collegiate...competed all year at 184...3-0 in pins.
Ruth was a 2009 High School All-American and comes to Penn State as the top-ranked recruit in his weight class nationally...starred at New Jersey's Blair Academy this past season after successful high school career at Susquehanna Township..two-time PIAA Triple-A place-winner, finishing fourth and fifth in his final two years at STHS...won the NHSCA High School Junior National Championship in 2008.