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Nittany Lions Roll to Third Straight Southern Scuffle Crown

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Senior All-American Quentin Wright pinned No. 9 Jake Meredith of Arizona State in the finals of the 2013 Southern Scuffle.

Jan. 2, 2013


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The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 1 in the latest Intermat TPI, used a complete team effort to claim its third straight Southern Scuffle crown. Penn State ran away from second place Oklahoma State, posting 178.5 points to 158.0 for the Cowboys.

The Nittany Lions used a dominating 5-1 performance in the semifinals to set up a 3-2 run in the finals, crowning three champions. In all, 11 of Penn State's 17 competing wrestlers placed at the event.

Sophomore All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 125, began his day with a 3-1 win over No. 10 Nashon Garrett in the semifinals. He then took on No. 8 Matt Snyder of Virginia in the finals and rolled to an 8-4 victory. Megaludis used two takedowns and a reversal in the finals to grab the crown. The Lion freshman gave up all four of his points in the first period and dominated action from there Megaludis went 4-0 over the course of the tournament, improving his record to 12-1.

Junior James Vollrath (Richboro, Pa.) entered the tournament as the fifth-seed at 157 and notched the biggest upse4t of the finals, grabbing a 2-1 (tb) win over top-seeded Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State, ranked No. 8 nationally. Vollrath moved into the finals to face No. 14 Jedd Moore of Virginia. Like his prior bout against a ranked foe, Vollrath took the ranked Tiger into extra time before dropping a hard-fought 3-1 (sv) decision. The second place finish came courtesy of a 4-1 record with two majors. Vollrath is 20-5 overall.

Junior All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 2 at 165, majored No. 4 Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State 11-0 in the semifinal, setting up a match-up with No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell in the finals. The duo battled through an even first period, Dake took down to start the second and escaped for a 1-0 lead after two. Taylor chose down in the third and worked his way to a reversal and a 2-1 lead. With just under 1:00 left, the duo rolled out of bounds and Dake was given a reversal by the official after action moved out of the circle. Taylor then worked to escape, while maintaining a riding time edge to grab the win. Dake held on for most of the bout and Taylor was not awarded an escape at the end of the match (and his riding time fell to :59), giving Dake a 3-2 decision. Taylor went 4-1 with two pins and a tech fall to take second. His record now stands at 13-1.

Sophomore Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) was impressive during the tournament as well. Ranked No. 3 at 174, Brown rolled to a 5-1 record, including two pins and a major, to take third place. Brown rebounded from a loss in the semifinals to roll through to consolation bouts, including a 10-3 victory over No. 16 Jon Fausey of Virginia in the third place match. Brown's 5-1 record moves his season mark to 14-1.

Junior All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 184, dominated No. 9 Mike Larson of Missouri in the semis, posting an 11-0 major. He moved into the finals where he took on No. 2 Steve Bosak of Cornell. Ruth wasted no time in establishing his dominance over Bosak, using two first period takedowns to bolt out to a 4-1 lead. He then added a reversal and 2:55 in riding time to coast to the 7-3 win and claim yet another Southern Scuffle title. Ruth went 6-0 at the tournament, notching three pins and two majors. He remains undefeated with a 15-0 record.

Senior All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) downed No. 13 Scott Schiller of Minnesota 9-5 in his semifinal bout and met No. 9 Jake Meredith of Arizona State in the finals. After giving up a takedown in the first period on a throw attempt, Wright steadily waited for his chance to pounce. Tied 2-2 in the second, and with Meredith taking down, Wright used a split-scissors to turn the Sun Devil to his back and get the pin at the 5:33 mark to claim the Scuffle crown. Wright was superb on the weekend, going 5-0 with two pins. He improves his undefeated record to 14-0 overall.

True freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.) rolled through his first three consolation bouts, picking up a tech fall and a major over No. 16 George DiCamillo in the process. Gulibon, wrestling unattached as the sixth seed, then lost to No. 6 Nathan McCormick of Missouri in the third place bout and took fourth place. He finished the tournament with a 5-2 mark (including one win over a non-collegiate grappler) with three tech falls and a major.

Senior James English (York, Pa.) also won his first three bouts of the day in consolation action and, as the 10th-seed, advanced to the bronze medal match where he met Missouri's Drake Houdashelt. English used two takedowns and relentless pressure to post the 5-2 win and take third place. The senior went 6-1 overall at the tournament with a pin and a forfeit victory. English is now 13-2 on the year.

Senior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) entered the tournament unseeded but had a fine showing. Pearsall went 4-3 overall, including a win over No. 15 Justin LaValle of Old Dominion in consolation action, and placed eighth at 141. Red-shirt freshman Luke Frey (Montoursville, Pa.), also unseeded, was superb at 149 for Penn State, posting a 4-2 mark with three majors and placing seventh. Sophomore Jimmy Lawson (Tom's River, N.J.) split his opening consolation bouts and wrestled for seventh place. He met No. 14 Levi Cooper of Arizona State for seventh and rolled to an 11-7 win, going 4-2 and taking seventh.

In addition to those top performances, the entire Nittany Lion contingent picked up wins at the event. Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway (Abbottstown, Pa.) was Penn State's scoring wrestler at 133. Conaway lost his first consolation bout of the day and ended his initial Southern Scuffle run with a 1-2 mark. True freshman Zack Beitz (Mifflintown, Pa.) did not compete in consolation action on day two, taking a medical forfeit (non-loss) as a precaution. Beitz, wrestling unattached, finished his first Scuffle with a 3-1 mark at 141. Senior Nick Fischer (Unionville, Pa.) dropped his first conso bout, losing 7-0 to No. 15 Zach Toal of Missouri. Fischer ended his tournament with a 3-2 mark. Sophomore Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.) dropped a tough 9-3 decision to No. 17 Jeremy Johnson of Ohio in his conso bout today and ended his tourney run with a 2-2 mark. Yesterday, freshman James Frascella (Carmel, Ind.) went 1-2 at 174 and Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) went 2-2 at 285.

Penn State went 5-1 in the semis, setting up its 3-2 run in the finals. In consolation action, the Nittany Lions combined to go 14-8, giving the team a 22-11 mark on day two. Penn State's 11 placers (of 17 competing wrestlers) included three champs, two second placers, two third place finishers, a fourth place finisher, two sevenths and an eighth. Penn State posted a 63-24 overall record through the two-day tournament with 12 pins, four tech falls and 13 majors as well as two forfeits. 31 of Penn State's 63 wins were for bonus points. Penn State's third straight team title makes it the third team in Scuffle history to win (or share) three crowns (joining Minnesota and Cornell).

Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, when Michigan State invades Rec Hall for a 2 p.m. meeting. Penn State's full season of home duals is sold out but limited Standing Room Only tickets are available for select dual meets. For information on which duals have a limited number of SRO tickets available and to purchase tickets, fans can call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office windows from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at and on Penn State Wrestling's facebook page at The 2012-13 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - Chattanooga, Tenn.
1: PENN STATE - 178.5
2: Oklahoma State - 158.0
3: Missouri - 147.5
4: Minnesota - 139.5


(Rankings Listed are National, Intermat as of 12/18/12)

Penn State's 125 agate:

#2 Nico Megaludis (No. 1 seed):
1st Round: bye
2nd Round: W, 11-4 dec. Eddie Klimara, Oklahoma State
Qtrs: W, 9-3 dec. David Terao, American
Semis: W, 3-1 dec. #10 Nashon Garrett, Cornell
Finals: W, 8-4 dec. #8 Matt Snyder, Virginia

Penn State's 133 agate:

Jordan Conaway:
1st Round: bye
2nd Round: W, 5-2 dec. Scott Festejo, Old Dominion
Qtrs: L, 5-6 dec. #16 George DiCamillo, Virginia
Cons 5: L, 3-10 dec. Zach Watson, Virginia
1-2, DNP

Jimmy Gulibon (No. 6 seed/wrestling UNATTACHED):
1st Round: W, 19-4 TF over Luke Mario, North Carolina (TF; 5:16)
2nd Round: W, 15-0 TF over Aaron Hansen, The Citadel (TF; 5:06)
Qtrs: L, 5-9 dec. #7 Jon Morrison, Oklahoma State
Cons 5: W, 15-0 TF over Scott Festejo, Old Dominion (TF; 3:13)
Cons Qtrs: W, 7-5 (sv) dec. Mark Gray, non-collegiate
Cons Semis: W, 13-5 maj. dec. #16 George DiCamillo, Virginia
3rd Place: LBF to #6 Nathan McCormick, Missouri (4:45)
Currently 5-2, 4th place

Penn State's 141 agate:

Bryan Pearsall:
1st Round: W, 10-8 dec. Nick Flannery, Cleveland State
2nd Round: L, 1-7 dec. Dean Pavlou, Chattanooga
Cons 3: WBF over Trevor Jauch, Missouri (1:52)
Cons 4: WB inj. forf. Matt Nelson, Virginia
Cons 5: W, 5-0 dec. #15 Justin LaValle, Old Dominion
Cons Qtrs: L, 4-7 dec. Julian Feikert, Oklahoma State
7th Place: L, 2-4 dec. Dean Pavlou, Chattanooga
4-3, 8th place

Zack Beitz (wrestling UNATTACHED):
1st Round: W, 10-5 dec. John Boyle, American
2nd Round: L, 1-2 dec. U. Khishignyam, The Citadel
Cons 3: W, 5-4 Case Garrison, Oklahoma State
Cons 4: W, 5-2 dec. Jimmy Nehls, Virginia
Went 3-1, took medical forfeit (non-loss), DNP

Penn State's 149 agate:

James English (No. 10 seed):
1st Round: WBF over Charles Holt, The Citadel (3:24)
2nd Round: W, 6-2 dec. Seth Lange, Minnesota
Qtrs: L, 6-12 dec. #1 Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State
Cons 5: W, 5-2 dec. Ryan Dunphy, Cornell
Cons Qtrs: W, 5-1 dec. Dustin Walraven, South Dakota St.
Cons Semis: W, medical forfeit (No. 2 Dylan Ness DNC)
3rd Place: W, 5-2 dec. Drake Houdashelt, Missouri
6-1, 3rd Place

Luke Frey:
1st Round: W, 9-1 maj. dec. Dustin Walraven, South Dakota State
2nd Round: W, 10-0 maj. dec. Jared Pressley, Chattanooga
Qtrs: L, 4-9 dec. #2 Dylan Ness, Minnesota
Cons 5: W, 13-2 maj. dec. John Belanger, Army
Cons Qtrs: L, 0-10 maj. dec. Drake Houdashelt, Missouri
7th Place: W, 4-3
4-2, 7th Place

Penn State's 157 agate:

James Vollrath (No. 5 seed):
1st Round: W, 14-4 maj. dec. Andrew DeHart, Duke
2nd Round: W, 6-5 dec. Ryan Harrington, North Carolina
Qtrs: W, 11-3 maj. dec. Matthew Frisch, The Citadel
Semis: W, 2-1 (tb) dec. #8 Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State
Finals: L, 1-3 (sv) dec. #14 Jedd Moore, Virginia
4-1, 2nd Place

Penn State's 165 agate:

#2 David Taylor (No. 2 seed):
1st Round: W, 22-7 TF over Jesse Stafford, Air Force
2nd Round: WBF over Parker Madl, Arizona State (1:31)
Qtrs: WBF over Paul Hancock, Army (4:39)
Semis: W, 10-0 maj. dec. #4 Tyler Caldwell, Oklahoma State
Finals: L, 2-3 dec. #1 Kyle Dake, Cornell
4-1, 2nd Place

Nick Fischer:
1st Round: W, 13-2 maj. dec. John Lampe, Chattanooga
2nd Round: L, 2-11 maj. dec. #7 Nick Sulzer, Virginia
Cons 3: W, 8-2 dec. Phillip Barreiro, American
Cons 4: W, 4-2 dec. Tyler Prazma, Missouri
Cons 5: L, 0-7 dec. #15 Zach Toal, Missouri
3-2, DNP

Penn State's 174 agate:

#3 Matt Brown (No. 3 seed):
1st Round: WBF over Trey Adamson, Duke (5:46)
2nd Round: WBF over Keithen Cast, American (1:42)
Qtrs: W, 17-8 maj. dec. #20 Cody Walters, Ohio
Semis: LBF to #4 Logan Storley, Minnesota (4:06)
Cons Semis: W, 9-4 dec. Todd Porter, Missouri
3rd Place: W, 10-3 dec. #16 Jon Fausey, Virginia
5-1, 3rd place

James Frascella:
1st Round: L, 2-13 maj. dec. John Lampe, Chattanooga
Cons 1: W, 10-2 maj. dec. Troy Morisette, South Dakota State
Cons 2: L, 1-4 (tb) dec. George Pickett, Cornell
1-2 Overall, DNP

Penn State's 184 agate:

#1 Ed Ruth (No. 1 seed):
Pigtail: WBF over Thomas Barriero, American (2:14)
1st Round: WBF over James Cook, Campbell (3:29)
2nd Round: WBF over Diego Bencomo, Duke (3:37)
Qtrs: W, 13-4 maj. dec. Stephen Doty, Virginia
Semis: W, 11-0 maj. dec. #9 Mike Larson, Missouri
Finals: W, 7-3 dec. #2 Steve Bosak, Cornell

Penn State's 197 agate:

#3 Quentin Wright (No. 1 seed):
1st Round: WBF over Devon Bradley, American (1:19)
2nd Round: W, 4-0 dec. Peter Huntley, Navy
Qtrs: W, 9-2 dec. Conner Hartman, Duke
Semis: W, 9-5 dec. #13 Scott Schiller, Minnesota
Finals: WBF over #9 Jake Meredith, Arizona State (5:33)
5-0 Overall, CHAMPION

Penn State's 285 agate:

Jimmy Lawson (No. 6 seed):
1st Round: W, 2-0 dec. Joshua Davis, North Carolina
2nd Round: W, 5-1 dec. Kevin Malone, Chattanooga
Qtrs: L, 1-8 dec. #3 Alan Gelogaev, Oklahoma State
Cons 5: W, 3-1 (sv) Daniel Miller, Navy
Cons Qtrs: , 2-6 dec. #17 Jeremy Johnson, Ohio
7th Place: W, 11-7 dec. #14 Levi Cooper, Arizona State
4-2, 7th Place

Jon Gingrich (No. 7 seed):
1st Round: W, 4-0 dec. Brendon Walsh, Duke
2nd Round: W, 5-2 dec. Stryker Lane, Cornell
Qtrs: L, 2-3 dec. #2 Dom Bradley, Missouri
Cons 5: L, 3-9 dec. #17 Jeremy Johnson, Ohio
2-2 DNP

Nick Ruggear:
1st Round: WBF over Jacob Aiken-Phillips, Cornell
2nd Round: L, Nick Gwiazdowski, North Carolina
Cons 3: W, 10-2 maj. dec. Cody Davis, Air Force
Cons 4: L, 1-3 dec. Daniel Miller, Navy
Went 2-2, DNP




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