No. 1 Penn State wrestling visits Minnesota Sunday for Big Ten dual finale

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The No. 1- ranked Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (13-0, 7-0 B1G) will trek to Minneapolis for a Sunday showdown with the third-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-1, 6-1 B1G). The dual meet begins at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central) and will air live on the Big Ten Network. Penn State, which has clinched at least a share of the 2014 Big Ten regular season title, can win the crown outright with a victory while Minnesota can claim regular season Co-Champion laurels with a victory of its own.

The Nittany Lions are coming off a successful trip through the state of Michigan last weekend. Penn State hit the road for two dual meets on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 and came away with two lop-sided victories. The Nittany Lions downed Michigan State on Jan. 31 by a 42-3 score, winning nine of 10 bouts (including four pins). Two days later, Penn State took down No. 11 Michigan 32-9 in front of a sold out Keen Arena crowd, winning eight of ten bouts (including three straight tech falls). In all, Penn State went 17-3 in both duals with four pins, four tech falls, three majors and six decisions. Penn State outscored MSU and UM 74-12.

Penn State's win over previously unbeaten (in conference) Michigan last Sunday clinched a share of the regular season Big Ten title. Minnesota, this weekend's opponent, will be looking to grab a share of the crown, however. Penn State is 7-0 in conference action while Minnesota is 6-1. The dual is the conference finale for each team.

Penn State is led by a balanced and deep line-up. All-American Nico Megaludis is 20-2 and ranked No. 2 at 125; red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon is 13-9 and ranked No. 16 at 133; sophomore Jordan Conaway is 15-5 at both 133 and 125 this year; true freshman Zain Retherford is 23-0 and ranked No. 2 at 141; junior Andrew Alton is 8-1 and ranked No. 8 at 149; red-shirt freshman Zack Beitz is 11-7 and ranked at 149 in other national rankings; All-American Dylan Alton is 15-0 and No. 4 at 157; senior James Vollrath is 11-7 at 157 as well; All-American David Taylor is 23-0 and No. 1 at 165; All-American Matt Brown is 23-1 and ranked No. 3 at 174; All-American Ed Ruth is 22-1 and No. 2 at 184; sophomore Morgan McIntosh is 22-2 and No. 5 at 197; and junior Jimmy Lawson is 16-4 and No. 12 at 285. Lawson is out this weekend, giving junior Jon Gingrich (19-4 overall) the nod at 285.

The Gophers are coming off a 35-6 win over Indiana on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota won eight of ten bouts in the dual victory. Minnesota sports a talented and balanced line-up as well. Junior Scott Schiller is 24-0 and ranked No. 1 at 197 while Tony Nelson is 21-4 and No. 5 at 285. Brothers Nick and Chris Dardanes form a formidable due at 141 and 149. Chris is 15-3 and No. 6 at 141 while Nick is 18-2 and No. 3 at 149. Dylan Ness is 14-4 and No. 8 at 157 while David Thorn is 17-4 and No. 8 at 133. Logan Storley sports a 22-3 mark and is No. 6 at 174 and Kevin Steinhaus is 10-2 and No. 8 at 184.

Minnesota leads the all-time series 13-6-1, including the last meeting between the two schools, two years ago during the 2011-12 season. Minnesota downed Penn State 23-14 on 11/20/11 in Rec Hall. The two teams tied the last time they met in Minnesota, an 18-18 draw on 2/13/11 (during the 2010-11 season).

The Nittany Lions return to Rec Hall for a national showcase dual, hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday, Feb. 16. The sold out Rec Hall dual begins at 2 p.m.

With the full season of Rec Hall duals sold out prior to the start of the campaign, a very limited number of standing room only tickets are available for some Rec Hall duals. People may check availability and purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting the Penn State Athletics ticket office located in the BJC. Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at and on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at


The Nittany Lions return to Rec Hall for a national showcase dual, hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sunday, Feb. 16. The sold out Rec Hall dual begins at 2 p.m.

TV - LIVE on the BTN.
Live Web Video - BTN2go
Radio - Full season live on WRSC (103.1 FM/1390 AM) State College; WBPZ 1230 AM Lock Haven; 1370 WWCB Corry; WLAK (103.5 FM) Huntingdon; WMRF (95.7 FM) Lewistown; WIEZ (670 AM) Lewistown. Also live at as part of the All-Access package as are select home duals.

125 #2 Nico Megaludis Jr. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional 20-2
133 #16 Jimmy Gulibon Fr. Latrobe, Pa./Derry Area 13-9
Jordan Conaway So. Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford 15-5
141 #2 Zain Retherford Fr. Benton, Pa./Benton 23-0
149 #8 Andrew Alton Jr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 8-1
OR Zack Beitz Fr. Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata 11-7
157 #4 Dylan Alton Jr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 15-0
James Vollrath Sr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South 11-7
165 #1 David Taylor Sr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 23-0
174 #3 Matt Brown Jr. West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus 23-1
184 #2 Ed Ruth Sr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 22-1
197 #5 Morgan McIntosh So. Santa Ana, Calif./Calvary Chapel 22-2
285 Jon Gingrich Jr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 19-4
OUT #12 Jimmy Lawson Jr. Tom's River, N.J./Manchester Township 16-4

#3 MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (9-1, 6-1 B1G) / trend it at #PSUwrMINN
125 Sam Brancale Fr. Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie 8-5
133 #8 David Thorn Sr. St. Michael, Minn./Albertville 17-4
141 #6 Chris Dardanes Jr. Chicago, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest 15-3
149 #3 Nick Dardanes Jr. Chicago, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest 18-2
157 #8 Dylan Ness Jr. Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy 14-4
165 Danny Zilverberg Sr. Wayzata, Minn./Albertville 14-8
174 #6 Logan Storley Jr. Roslyn, S.D./Webster 22-3
184 #8 Kevin Steinhaus Sr. Pennock, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg 10-2
197 #1 Scott Schiller Jr. West Fargo, N.D./West Fargo 24-0
285 #5 Tony Nelson Sr. Cambridge, Minn./Isanti 21-4

Individual rankings are Intermat and team rankings are Intermat TPI as of 2/4 

Last Updated February 07, 2014