Seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor win NCAA titles to spark Nittany Lions
ALL-AMERICAN True sophomore Zain Retherford earned All-America laurels as a true freshman a year ago and heads into his sophomore season looking to win an NCAA title. Retherford's emergence last year helped spark Penn State to an NCAA title run as well. His fifth-place All-American finish from a year ago will act as a spring board to future success as well. Parents: Sarah and Allen Retherford -- Major: Business Administration.
Lion Career 2013-14: First year of collegiate wrestling...rolled to the Binghamton Open title at 141 in his first collegiate tournament on 11/10, going 5-0 with two pins, a tech fall and a major....12-3 major over Paul Kirchner of Rider in Penn State dual meet debut on 11/16...made Rec Hall dual debut on 11/24 with strong 6-1 decision over Lock Haven's Dan Neff...thrilling 4-2 (SV) victory over #1 Logan Stieber of Ohio State on 12/15, sparking Penn State to 31-6 victory over Buckeyes in Rec Hall...he was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week (12/17) for his efforts...4-2 win over #9 Josh Dziewa of Iowa in Lions' dual win in CHA on 12/21/13...rolled to 2014 Southern Scuffle crown as a true freshman, downing the #11, #7 and #19 ranked grapplers on the way...5-0 run included a pin and a major...won four straight Big Ten dual meet bouts by major (1/12 through 1/24)...pinned MSU's Brian Gibbs on 1/31 (4:42)...7-1 win over #13 Steve Dutton of Michigan on 2/2...strong 4-0 win over #6 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota on 2/9...beat #19 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State on 2/16...closed out perfect regular season (26-0) with 8-4 win over Clarion's Tyler Bedelyon on 2/23.
Big Ten Championships (3-1, 2nd, NCAA Qualifier): Advanced to Big Ten title bout as a true freshman before dropping 7-3 decision to defending NCAA champ Logan Stieber of Ohio State in the finals...the loss was Retherford's first after a 29-0 start to his collegiate career...went 3-1 to finish as Big Ten Runner-Up.
NCAA Championships (3-2, 5th, All-American): Went 4-2 at first NCAA tournament as a true freshman, placing fifth...both losses at NCAAs were to #1 and #2 seeds.
High School/Personal: Zain Retherford came to Penn State after blazing to the 2013 Pennsylvania State title in 2013. Retherford posted a perfect 47-0 mark at Benton High School, closing out his high school career with a 130-3 career record, including two state titles. He won the PIAA title as a freshman with a 40-1 mark then placed third as a sophomore. Retherford was the No. 3 ranked overall recruit by Intermat coming out of high school. After winning his second state title as a senior, Retherford went on to win a world championship on the freestyle circuit as well. Retherford projects at 141 for Penn State.