PSU wrestling stays perfect

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 1 nationally, took care No. 19 Indiana 36-6 in the team’s first Big Ten road dual. Penn State won eight of ten bouts, including three technical falls and three majors, to coast to the victory.

The dual began at 197 pounds, where sophomore Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 7 nationally at 197, rolled to a 14-4 major over Indiana’s Garret Goldman, but it was the next bout that was one of the most anticipated of the dual meet.

Lion junior Jimmy Lawson, ranked No. 12 at 285, took on No. 8 Adam Chalfant of Indiana. Chalfant connected on an early five-point move and was able to hold off a late Lawson flurry to post the 9-4 win.

Nittany Lion All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 nationally at 125, received a forfeit, putting Penn State up 10-3.

Red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon, ranked No. 15 at 133, put on an offensive show, rolling to a first-period technical fall over Chris Caton. Gulibon had one takedown and five separate near falls for the 15-0 tech fall at the 2:57 mark.

True freshman Zain Retherford, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 at 141, remained that way with a strong 15-5 major over Trevor Moody, including 4:12 in riding time.

Penn State led 19-3 at the midway point.

At 149, Penn State red-shirt freshman Zack Beitz used an escape and a full third period ride-out to post a 2-0 win over Hoosier Eric Roach.

After Beitz, senior James Vollrath was strong against No. 5 Taylor Walsh of Indiana but dropped a tough 5-4 decision.

Nittany Lion All-American David Taylor, unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation at 165, took care of the nation’s leader in wins, Indiana senior Ryan LeBlanc, who had a 28-8 mark heading into the dual. Taylor turned Walsh five different times to roll to a 15-0 technical fall at the 7:00 mark, with 6:14 in riding time.

Junior All-American Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, was strong once again, rolling to a 12-3 major over Indiana’s Matt Irick with over 3:00 in riding time. From there, Penn State All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 184, capped off the lopsided win with an 18-3 tech fall over No. 18 Luke Sheridan. Ruth turned Sheridan for back points twice and tacked on four takedowns and a reversal. The win at the 5:12 mark cemented the 36-6 final score.

Penn State remains unbeaten with a 9-0 mark, 3-0 in Big Ten duals, while Indiana falls to 7-5, 0-4. Taylor improves to 19-0 on the year with 10 pins, five tech falls and four majors. He is 119-3 for his career, 27-0 all-time in Big Ten duals and 48-0 all-time against Big Ten competition.

Ruth moves to 18-1 on the year with six pins, seven tech falls and five majors. He is 120-3 for his career, is 27-0 all-time in Big Ten duals and 49-0 all-time against Big Ten competition.

Retherford remains unbeaten with a 19-0 mark, including three pins, two techs and five majors, while Brown improves to 19-1 with six pins, two techs and six majors.

McIntosh and Megaludis improve to 18-2 on the year, and Lawson falls to 16-3.

Penn State won the takedown battle as well, 24-2.

Penn State will trek back to State College today to prepare for Sunday’s home dual with No. 14 Northwestern in sold out Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions and Wildcats tangle at 2 p.m.