Nittany Lion Wrestlers in First after Day One of 2014 NCAA Championships

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Senior David Taylor notched his second pin of the day with just :05 left against No. 16 Jim Wilson of Stanford.  Taylor and the Nittany Lions are in first place after day one of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Senior David Taylor notched his second pin of the day with just :05 left against No. 16 Jim Wilson of Stanford. Taylor and the Nittany Lions are in first place after day one of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

March 20, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The first day, two full sessions, of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships is complete and the Penn State Nittany Lions hold first place. Head coach Cael Sanderson's squad is the one of two teams with ten wrestlers still alive as it seeks its fourth straight NCAA title and has five grapplers in tomorrow morning's quarterfinals. Penn State leads the team race with 26.5 points, just ahead of Oklahoma State and Minnesota, who are tied for second with 21.5 each.

Two-time All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 125, became Penn State's first quarterfinalist at the tournament with a dominating 6-0 win over No. 4 Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State. The win, key in the team race as well, came via two takedowns, an escape and 1:28 in riding time. Megaludis punched his ticket to Friday morning's quarterfinals with the win.

True freshman Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 141, became a quarterfinalist in his first run at nationals with a strong 3-0 win over No. 14 Edgar Bright of Pittsburgh. Retherford used an escape and a third period takedown to post the win and move into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

Three-time All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), the No. 1 seed at 165, continued to thrill the sellout crowd in Chesapeake Energy Arena. Taylor rolled up a 14-2 lead on No. 16 Jim Wilson of Stanford, took him down once more in the final :30 and then stepped over the Cardinal grappler, turned his shoulders to the mat and got his second pin in as many bouts at the 6:55 mark. The fall with just :05 on the clock was the 52nd of Taylor's career and moves him to within one of Penn State's all-time record. It also sent Taylor into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

Junior All-American Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), the No. 5 seed at 174, controlled the action in a strong 6-1 win over No. 12 Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State. Brown notched two takedowns, an escape and riding time in the 6-1 victory and moved into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

Three-time American and two-time defending NCAA Champion Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), the No. 2 seed at 184, dominated Illinois' Nikko Reyes for seven minutes. The Lion senior controlled the action from start to finish on his way to a 15-0 technical fall with 5:36 in riding time at the 7:00 mark. Picking up key bonus points, Ruth moved into tomorrow morning's quarterfinals with the win as well.

Senior James English (York, Pa.), unseeded at 149, nearly notched his second straight win over a seeded foe. English led late into the third period against No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern. But the Wildcat notched a late takedown and ride out to sneak away with a 4-3 win, sending English into consolation action Friday morning.

Junior All-American Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), the No. 13 seed at 157, battled No. 4 Ian Miller of Kent State tough before dropping a 4-1 decision in round two. Alton's loss dropped him into Friday morning's consolation second round.

Sophomore Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), the No. 3 seed at 197, suffered a tough 3-2 upset loss to No. 14 Chris Penny of Virginia Tech in the second round. McIntosh had a takedown late in the first period overturned by the officials then gave up a second period takedown in the loss. McIntosh dropped down to Friday morning's consolation action with the loss.

Junior Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.), the No. 14 seed at 285, battled No. 3 Adam Chalfant of Indiana tough before dropping a 5-2 decision to the third seed. Chalfant used two takedowns and an escape to grab the victory, pushing Gingrich into Friday morning's consolation action.

Red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), unseeded at 133, was outstanding in his first consolation bout, picking up key bonus points and rolling to a 10-2 major over Eastern Michigan's Vincent Pizzuto. Gulibon came back from an early 2-0 deficit to notch three takedowns and a three-point turn to post the victory and move into the second round of consolation action Friday morning.

Taylor and Ruth are making their final runs through the NCAA Championships, looking to cap off historic collegiate careers with NCAA titles. Taylor is now 131-3 with 52 pins, one shy of tying Penn State's all-time record of 53. He also has 42 techs and 29 majors, giving him 123 bonus point victories in his 131 career wins. He is 31- on the year with 15 pins, eight techs and seven major. Ruth is now 133-3 overall with 46 pins, 25 techs and 32 majors, giving him 103 bonus point victories in 133 career wins. He is 31-1 on the year with 11 pins, nine techs and nine majors.

The Nittany Lions went 6-4 in session two and are now 5-5 overall. Penn State has collected 12 bonus points off three majors, two tech falls and three pins. Penn State is looking to win its fourth straight NCAA title after claiming the crown in 2011 in Philadelphia, 2012 in St. Louis and the 2013 title last year in Des Moines.

The event continues tomorrow morning with the quarterfinals and consolation action at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central) in Chesapeake Energy Arena. The three-day concludes Saturday night with the championship finals and the crowning of the team champion. All six sessions will air/have aired live on ESPNU and/or ESPN, with ESPN3 offering full tournament multi-mat coverage online.

Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstateWREST and on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling. The 2013-14 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.



2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships - Team Standings after Session 2 - -TOP THREE
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City, Okla.

1: PENN STATE - 26.5
T2: Oklahoma State - 21.5
T2: Minnesota - 21.5

The following is a weight-by-weight breakdown/agate of Penn State's tournament to date (rankings listed are NCAA Championship Seed):

125: #3 Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), Jr. - 28-3 overall

1st Rd: vs. Darian Cruz, Lehigh - W, 18-3 (TF; 7:00)
2nd Rd: vs. #14 Eddie Klimara, Oklahoma State - W, 6-0 dec.
Qtrs: vs. #6 Jarrod Patterson, Oklahoma - tomorrow

Two-time All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 125, opened up Penn State's tournament with bonus points, rolling over Lehigh's Darian Cruz to the tune of an 18-3 technical fall at the 7:00 mark. Megaludis overcame an early Cruz takedown to dominate the action and roll into round two. Megaludis then became Penn State's first quarterfinalist at the tournament with a dominating 6-0 win over No. 4 Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State. The win, key in the team race as well, came via two takedowns, an escape and 1:28 in riding time. Megaludis punched his ticket to Friday morning's quarterfinals with the win.



133: Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), Fr. - 18-14 overall

1st Rd: #4 Jon Morrison, Oklahoma State - L, 0-4 dec.
Cn. 1: vs. Vincent Pizzuto, Eastern Michigan - W, 10-2 maj. dec.
Cn. 2: tomorrow

Red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), unseeded at 133, dropped a hard fought 4-0 decision to No. 4 Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State in his first-ever match at the NCAA Championships. The loss moved Gulibon into Thursday night's consolation action. Gulibon was outstanding in his first consolation bout, picking up key bonus points and rolling to a 10-2 major over Eastern Michigan's Vincent Pizzuto. Gulibon came back from an early 2-0 deficit to notch three takedowns and a three-point turn to post the victory and move into the second round of consolation action Friday morning.

141: #3 Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), Fr. - 31-1 overall

1st Rd: Undrakhbayar Khishignyam, The Citadel - W, 5-0 dec.
2nd Rd: #14 Edgar Bright, Pittsburgh - W, 3-0 dec.
Qtrs: #11 Joey Lazor, Northern Iowa - tomorrow

True freshman Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), the No. 3 seed at 141, made his NCAA Championship debut with a dominating 5-0 win over All-American Undrakhbayar Khishignyam of the Citadel. Retherford used takedowns late in the first and in the third to roll to the win and move into round two. He then became in his first run at nationals with a strong 3-0 win over No. 14 Edgar Bright of Pittsburgh. Retherford used an escape and a third period takedown to post the win and move into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

149: James English (York, Pa.), Sr. - 12-6 overall

1st Rd: #12 Dyllan Cottrell, Appalachian State - W, 5-4 (TB) dec.
2nd Rd: #5 Jason Tsirtsis, Northwestern - L, 3-4 dec.
Con 2: Tomorrow morning.

Senior James English (York, Pa.), unseeded at 149, made the most of his first match at the NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lion senior posted a thrilling 5-4 (TB) decision over No. 12 Dyllan Cottrell of Appalachian State, using a ride out and an escape to post the tie-breaker decision and move into the second round. English nearly notched his second straight win over a seeded foe in round two. He led late into the third period against No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern. But the Wildcat notched a late takedown and ride out to sneak away with a 4-3 win, sending English into consolation action Friday morning.



157: #13 Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), Jr. - 19-6 overall

1st Rd: Brian Murphy, Michigan - W, 5-1 dec.
2nd Rd: #4 Ian Miller, Kent State - L, 1-4 dec.
Con 2: tomorrow morning

Junior All-American Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), the No. 13 seed at 157, was strong in his first round match-up. He used two third period takedowns to walk away with an impressive 5-1 win over Michigan's Brian Murphy, moving into Thursday night's second round. In round two, Alton battled No. 4 Ian Miller of Kent State tough before dropping a 4-1 decision in round two. Alton's loss dropped him into Friday morning's consolation second round.

165: #1 David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), Sr. - 31-0 overall

1st Rd: Joseph Brewster, South Dakota State - WBF (2:58)
2nd Rd: #16 Jim Wilson, Stanford - WBF (6:55)
Qtrs: #8 Michael Moreno, Iowa State - tomorrow

Three-time All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), the No. 1 seed at 165, moved one step closer to Penn State's all-time pin record with a first period fall over South Dakota State's Joe Brewster. Taylor pinned Brewster with just two seconds left in the opening period, stepping over the Jackrabbit, adjusting from the top and getting the fall. It was the 51st of his career (the Penn State record is 53). In round two, Taylor continued to thrill the sellout crowd in Chesapeake Energy Arena. Taylor rolled up a 14-2 lead on No. 16 Jim Wilson of Stanford, took him down once more in the final :30 and then stepped over the Cardinal grappler, turned his shoulders to the mat and got his second pin in as many bouts at the 6:55 mark. The fall with just :05 on the clock was the 52nd of Taylor's career and moves him to within one of Penn State's all-time record. It also sent Taylor into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

174: #5 Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), Jr. - 30-4 overall

1st Rd: Kyle Meyer, Stanford - W, 17-3 maj. dec.
2nd Rd: #12 Tanner Weatherman, Iowa State - W, 6-1 dec.
Qtrs: #4 Mike Evans, Iowa - tomorrow

Junior All-American Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), the No. 5 seed at 174, took care of Stanford's Kyle Meyer in the first round, storming his way to a 17-3 major. Brown used multiple takedowns and a three point near fall in the third to rack up 3:07 in riding time as well, moving into the second round. In round two, Brown controlled the action in a strong 6-1 win over No. 12 Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State. Brown notched two takedowns, an escape and riding time in the 6-1 victory and moved into Friday morning's quarterfinals.

184: #2 Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), Sr. - 31-1 overall

1st Rd: Jackson Hein, Wisconsin - WBF (1:59)
2nd Rd: Nikko Reyes, Illinois - W, 15-0 (TF; 7:00)
Qtrs: #7 Kevin Steinhaus, Minnesota - tomorrow

Three-time American and two-time defending NCAA Champion Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), the No. 2 seed at 184, equaled teammate Taylor with a first period pin. Ruth worked his second takedown into a near side cradle, then adjusted his hold one time and got the pin at the 1:59 mark. The pin was 46th of his career, placing him third on the all-time list at Penn State and moving him into the second round. In the second round, Ruth dominated Illinois' Nikko Reyes for seven minutes. The Lion senior controlled the action from start to finish on his way to a 15-0 technical fall with 5:36 in riding time at the 7:00 mark. Picking up key bonus points, Ruth moved into tomorrow morning's quarterfinals with the win as well.

197: #3 Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), So. - 28-4 overall

1st Rd: John Bolich, Lehigh - W, 5-0 dec.
2nd Rd: #14 Chris Penny, Virginia Tech - L, 2-3 dec.
Con 2: tomorrow

Sophomore Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), the No. 3 seed at 197, was dominating as well in his first bout at nationals. McIntosh posted a strong 5-0 win over Lehigh's John Bolich, rolling up 2:29 riding time in the process and moving into round two. He then suffered a tough 3-2 upset loss to No. 14 Chris Penny of Virginia Tech in the second round. McIntosh had a takedown late in the first period overturned by the officials then gave up a second period takedown in the loss. McIntosh dropped down to Friday morning's consolation action with the loss.



285: #14 Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.), Jr. - 23-9 overall

1st Rd: David Devine, SIU-Edwardsville - W, 12-4 maj. dec.
2nd Rd: #3 Adam Chalfant, Indiana - L, 2-5 dec.
Con 2: tomorrow

Junior Jon Gingrich (Wingate, Pa.), the No. 14 seed at 285, dominated his opponent in his NCAA Championship debut. Gingrich rolled up 2:26 in riding time and posted two late takedowns to post an important 12-4 major over SIU-Edwardsville's David Devine, picking up key bonus points and moving into the second round. In the second round, Gingrich battled No. 3 Adam Chalfant of Indiana tough before dropping a 5-2 decision to the third seed. Chalfant used two takedowns and an escape to grab the victory, pushing Gingrich into Friday morning's consolation action.

 

 

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