No. 1 Penn State wrestling hosts Clarion for Senior Day in Rec Hall

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A special era in Rec Hall history will reach its zenith on Sunday, Feb. 23, when No. 1 Penn State (14-1, 7-1 B1G Dual Co-Champ) hosts Clarion (9-12) at 2 p.m. Yet another sell-out crowd, the 19th-straight home sell out for the Lions, will pack Rec Hall for Senior Day with one last chance to watch a pair of Penn State's greatest wrestlers ever compete in Rec Hall and to honor a graduating class that will go down as one of the most important in Penn State history.

Penn State, already 2014 Big Ten regular season co-champion, is coming off resounding 23-12 win over No. 5 Oklahoma State on Sunday in front of over 6,500 fans in Rec Hall. Ed Ruth's pin at 184 and majors from Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jon Gingrich (285) helped spark the Lions.

Penn State is being led by a balanced line-up featuring ten ranked wrestlers, seven of whom have over 20 wins, that features only two seniors. Junior Nico Megaludis is ranked No. 2 at 125 with a 22-2 record, red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon is ranked No. 15 at 133 with a 13-11 record, true freshman Zain Retherford is ranked No. 2 at 141 with a 25-0 mark, red-shirt freshman Zack Beitz is ranked No. 17 at 149 with an 11-9 record, junior Dylan Alton is ranked No. 6 at 157 with a 15-2 ledger, junior Matt Brown is ranked No. 4 at 174 with a 23-3 record, sophomore Morgan McIntosh is ranked No. 3 at 197 with a 24-2 mark and junior Jimmy Lawson is ranked No. 12 at 285 with a 16-4 record.

Senior David Taylor is ranked No. 1 at 165 with a perfect 25-0 record and senior Ed Ruth is ranked No. 2 at 184 with a 24-1 record. With Sunday serving as Senior Day at Penn State, eight Nittany Lion wrestlers will be honored. Of the eight wrestlers being honored, four are seniors via eligibility and four will be graduating this spring and ending their collegiate wrestling careers.

For Taylor and Ruth, it will mark the end of a Rec Hall era as two of Penn State's greatest all-time athletes will be making their final home appearances. An albeit too brief summary of their careers is simply stunning. Taylor is 25-0 this year and 125-3 for his career while Ruth is 24-1 this season and 126-3 for his career. The combined accolades of the duo are as follows: 251-6 overall with 57 majors, 65 tech falls and 92 pins. They have combined for a 97.7 win percentage and 214 of their 251 wins are for bonus points. With this March still ahead, they have led Penn State to three Big Ten and three NCAA titles and combined for six individual Big Ten championships. They have garnered three Big Ten Wrestler of the Year honors, three NCAA Gorriaran Awards, one Hodge Trophy, one Intermat National Wrestler of the Year honor and three NCAA individual crowns. The preceding list is not a full representation of their accomplishments, but it amplifies their standing among the all-time greats in the history of Penn State athletics.

In addition to Taylor and Ruth, seniors James English and James Vollrath will be making their final appearances in Rec Hall as well. The talented duo have been constant fixtures for Penn State over the past four-to-five years. English has a 51-18 career record and has been a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while Vollrath is 72-24 as a Nittany Lion, including an 11-5 dual meet record and a 2-2 showing in the 2011 Big Ten tournament. Joining those four seniors will be graduating Lions Seth Beitz, Cameron Kelly, Kyle Moran and Nate Morgan. The foursome will be earning their degrees this Spring and are ending their collegiate careers.

Clarion, led by former Nittany Lion assistant Troy Letters, enters the dual with a 9-14 record and is coming off a 45-0 loss to Oklahoma State last Saturday. The Golden Eagles feature one of the nation's youngest line-ups, with six freshmen in the starting line-up. Rookie Justin Arthur sports a 24-10 mark at 149 while classmate Austin Matthews is 20-6 at 157.

Penn State leads the all-time series 24-4-1 and has won the last 17. Penn State won the last meeting, 47-0, on Nov. 19, 2006, in Lock Haven at the Pennsylvania Duals. The Lions won 41-3 on Nov. 14, 2004, in the last meeting in Rec Hall and grabbed a 26-9 win on Dec. 8, 2001, in the last meeting in Clarion.

Penn State now preps for a run at its fourth-straight Big Ten title on Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, in Madison, Wis. The University of Wisconsin will host the event in the Kohl Center.

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THIS WEEK
No. 1 Penn State (14-1, 7-1 B1G dual co-champs) will host intra-state neighbor Clarion (9-14) in the season dual finale on Sunday, Feb. 23. The dual meet is set for 2 p.m. in sold out Rec Hall and will serve as senior day for Penn State.

UP NEXT
Penn State now preps for a run at its fourth-straight Big Ten title on Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, in Madison, Wis. The University of Wisconsin will host the event in the Kohl Center. Saturday's first session begins at 11 a.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Central).

ON THE AIR
TV - NONE
Live Web Video - BTDN via GoPSUsports.com's All-Access.
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 GoPSUsports.com as part of the All-Access package as are select home duals.

#1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (14-1, 7-1 B1G dual co-champs)
WT NAME EL HT/HS -- REC
125 #2 Nico Megaludis Jr. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional -- 22-2
133 #15 Jimmy Gulibon Fr. Latrobe, Pa./Derry Area -- 13-11
Jordan Conaway So. Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford -- 15-5
141 #2 Zain Retherford Fr. Benton, Pa./Benton -- 25-0
149 #17 Zack Beitz Fr. Mifflintown, Pa./Juniata -- 11-9
Andrew Alton Jr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain -- 8-1
157 #6 Dylan Alton Jr. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain -- 15-2
James Vollrath Sr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South -- 11-7
165 #1 David Taylor Sr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham -- 25-0
174 #4 Matt Brown Jr. West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus -- 23-3
184 #2 Ed Ruth Sr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township -- 24-1
197 #3 Morgan McIntosh So. Santa Ana, Calif./Calvary Chapel -- 24-2
285 #12 Jimmy Lawson Jr. Tom's River, N.J./Manchester Township -- 16-4
OR Jon Gingrich Jr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area -- 20-5

CLARION GOLDEN EAGLES (9-14) / trend it at #PSUwrCUP
WT NAME EL HT/HS -- REC
125 Hunter Jones Fr. New Rochelle, N.Y. -- 7-7
133 Sam Sherlock Jr. West Mifflin, Pa. -- 18-12
141 Tyler Bedelyon Sr. Lewistown, Pa. -- 11-17
149 Justin Arthur Fr. Huntingdon, W.V. -- 24-10
157 Austin Matthews Fr. Greenville, Pa. -- 20-6
165 Michael Pavasko Fr. Munhall, Pa. -- 12-19
174 Ryan Darch Jr. Batavia, N.Y. -- 14-19
184 Dustin Conti Fr. Jefferson, Pa. -- 7-18
197 Daniel Sutherland Jr. North Bellmore, N.Y. -- 4-14
OR Brandon Contreras Sr. Rochester, N.Y. -- 6-13
285 Evan Daley Fr. Erie, Pa. -- 17-13

Individual rankings are Intermat and team rankings are Intermat TPI as of 2/18 

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Last Updated February 21, 2014