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Senior Ed Ruth will head into his final campaign as a Nittany Lion riding a 68-match win streak, having won two straight National Championships and looking to become a four-time All-American. Ruth has established himself as one of the top wrestlers ever to don the Nittany Lion singlet. Now, the Harrisburg native is prepping to close out his collegiate career in style. Ruth has never lost to a Big Ten opponent, owning a 42-0 record against conference foes. Ruth was named Penn State's Male Athlete of the Year in June of 2013 and was a finalist for the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award. Parents: Thanayi and Eddie Ruth -- Major: Communications
Ranked No. 1 by Intermat...beat #3 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh 11-9 on 11/16...downed WVU's Lance Bryson 11-1 on 11/18...rolled to 2012 NLO title at 184 with perfect 5-0 showing, including a pin, a tech and two majors...downed #10 Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland 11-4 in finals...won third straight Southern Scuffle crown on 1/1-2, going 6-0 with three pions and two majors...majored #9 Mike Larson of Missouri in semis before dismantling #2 and defending NCAA Champion Steve Bosak 7-3 in finals...named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on 1/8...pinned Purdue's Dion Crowder (3:42) in road dual on 1/20...18-3 tech fall over #8 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska on 1/27...majored Grant Gambrall of Iowa on 2/1...quick fall over #20 Tony Dallago at Illinois on 2/3, getting pin at 0:47 mark...17-3 major over #13 Max Thomusseit on 2/8...pinned Ohio State's C.J. Magrum (1:51) on 2/10 to close out third season of Big Ten dual action unbeaten (24-0)...ended dual season with dominating 11-4 win over #10 Dan Rinaldi at Rutgers on 2/24.
Big Ten Championships (3-0, 1st, NCAA Qualifier): Became Penn State's fourth three-time Big Ten Champion with 3-0 run at 2013 Big Ten Championships on 3/9-10, including major over #14 Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa and win over #5 Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota in finals...named 2013 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and first team All-Big Ten.
NCAA Championships (5-0, NCAA Champion): Ruth devastated the competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, going 5-0 to with the 184-pound crown, his second straight title...pinned Lock Haven's Fred Garcia (0:28) and Arizona State's Kevin Radford (3:41)...majored Pitt's Max Thomusseit 11-1...downed #4 Steve Bosak of Cornell (the defending NCAA champ) 4-1 in national semis...posted 12-4 major over Lehigh's Robert Hamlin in national finals.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
|YEAR||OVERALL||DUALS (B10)||TRN (B10/NCAA)||F||TF||M||Pts.|
|Career||102-2||44-0 (24-0)||58-2 (9-0/16-1)||35-0||16-0||23-0||210|