Taylor, Ruth make top ten pins list in PSU win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. David Taylor and Ed Ruth joined Quentin Wright on Penn State’s top ten career pins Sunday as the Nittany Lions beat home standing Purdue, 35-3, in a Big Ten road dual.

Sophomore All-American Nico Megaludis once again got the dual off to a hot start, posting a dominating 5-1 win over No. 17 Camden Eppert. Megaludis piled up 3:43 in riding time in the victory over the ranked Boilermaker.

Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway also had a strong match, remaining unbeaten in dual meets with a convincing 13-4 major over Danny Sabatello at 133. In addition, senior Bryan Pearsall continued his strong season at 141 with a 4-2 win over Brandon Nelsen.

Purdue picked up a win at 149 as undefeated Ivan Lopouchanski, ranked No. 13, downed James English, 5-2, to cut Penn State’s lead to 10-3. The victory would end up being the lone one for the home standing Boilermakers as Penn State went on to post six straight wins to close out the dual. Junior James Vollrath posted a strong 12-9 win over senior Tommy Churchard at 157 to give Penn State a 13-3 lead at intermission.

Two-time All-American Taylor, ranked No. 2 at 165, continued the Lion onslaught after the break, getting a first period fall over Doug Welch at the 2:41 mark. Sophomore Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, was impressive as well, notching a 15-3 major over Kyle Mosier.

Two-time All-American Ruth, ranked No. 1 at 184, matched Taylor’s pin, this time with a second period fall over Dian Crowder at the 3:42 mark. After Ruth, three-time All-American Quentin Wright, ranked No. 3 at 197, downed No. 17 Braden Atwood, 7-1, in a key battle at 197.

From there, sophomore Jon Gingrich rounded out the Penn State victory with a 4-1 win over Alex White at 285.

The Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0) compete on Sunday when they host No. 13 Nebraska.