Top-ranked wrestling hosts Rider in home dual finale

February 13, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (11-1, 7-1 B1G), ranked No. 1 nationally in Intermat's TPI, will close out its home schedule when it hosts Rider (10-6) on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in sold out Rec Hall. The dual will serve as senior day for the Nittany Lions as seniors Quentin Wright, Bryan Pearsall, James English, Andrew Church, Nick Fischer, Derek Reber and managers Taylor Durci and Jen Ronayne will be honored prior to the dual.

Penn State is coming off an outstanding finish to a rugged four-dual road test against ranked foes. The Nittany Lions took care of No. 15 Pitt 31-7 in front of a sold out crowd in Pitt's Fitzgerald Fieldhouse. Wright pinned Matt Wilps in the marquee bout at 197 to lead the Lions. Two days later, All-Americans David Taylor and Ed Ruth led Penn State to a rousing 29-18 win at No. 6 Ohio State, notching pins to lift the Lions to victory in front of over 6,000 fans in St. John Arena.

The Nittany Lions feature a balanced line-up from top to bottom. All-American Nico Megaludis is ranked No. 2 at 125 with a 19-2 record. Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway is 12-6 at 133 and ranked No. 14 nationally. Senior Bryan Pearsall is 17-7 at 141. Sophomore Andrew Alton is 20-2 and ranked No. 12 at 149. All-American Dylan Alton is 20-3 and No. 5 at 157. Two-time All-American David Taylor is 21-1 and ranked No. 2 at 165. Sophomore Matt Brown is 19-4 and No. 7 at 174. Two-time All-American Ed Ruth is 23-0 and ranked No. 1 at 184. Three-time All-American Quentin Wright is 22-0 and No. 2 at 197. Sophomore Jimmy Lawson is 18-4 and No. 12 at 285 while classmate Jon Gingrich is 14-6.

Rider sports a young line-up that is being led by junior Ramon Santiago at 165. Santiago sports a 25-6 mark and is ranked No. 20 nationally, setting up a showdown with No. 2 Taylor. The Broncs are 10-6 overall and have three other wrestlers with at least 20 wins: Jimmy Morris is 23-10 at 133, Zac Cibula is 20-7 at 157 and Ryan Wolfe is 20-9 at 184.

Penn State leads the all-time series 2-0. The Lions won the last meeting, 41-0, at the Virginia Duals back on 1/13/07. The only other meeting was a 38-3 Penn State win at the Virginia Duals on 1/10/03. This will be the first non-neutral site meeting between the two programs.

The Nittany Lions close out the dual meet portion of their schedule at Rutgers at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. 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.

POSSIBLE STARTERS
#1 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (11-1, 7-1 B1G)
WT NAME EL HT/HS REC
125 #2 Nico Megaludis So. Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional 19-2
133 #14 Jordan Conaway Fr. Abbottstown, Pa./New Oxford 12-6
141 Bryan Pearsall Sr. Lititz, Pa./Warwick 17-7
149 #12 Andrew Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 20-2
James English Sr. York, Pa./Central York 14-4
157 #5 Dylan Alton So. Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain 20-3
James Vollrath Jr. Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South 23-5
165 #2 David Taylor Jr. St. Paris, Ohio/St. Paris Graham 21-1
174 #7 Matt Brown So. West Valley City, Utah/Cyprus 19-4
184 #1 Ed Ruth Jr. Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township 23-0
197 #2 Quentin Wright Sr. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 22-0
285 #12 Jimmy Lawson So. Tom's River, N.J./Manchester Township 18-4
Jon Gingrich So. Wingate, Pa./Bald Eagle Area 14-6

RIDER BRONCS (10-6)
WT NAME EL HT REC
125 Patrick Skinner Fr. Freeport, N.Y. 1-19
133 Jimmy Morris So. Northport, N.Y. 23-10
141 Vinny Fava So. Elmwood Park, N.J. 14-11
149 Curt Delia Fr. Mullica Hill, N.J. 17-9
157 Zac Cibula Sr. Luxemburg, Wis. 20-7
165 #20 Ramon Santiago Jr. Sayreville, N.J. 25-6
174 James Brundage Jr. Ossining, N.Y. 16-9
184 Ryan Wolfe Fr. New Castle, Del. 20-9
197 Donald McNeil So. Plainville, Mass. 17-12
285 Greg Velasco Fr. Union Beach, N.J. 9-13

All Rankings are Intermat as of 2/12/13

  • Wrestler Ed Ruth

    Ed Ruth, ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds, and the Penn State wrestling team face Rider Sunday (Feb. 17) in their final home dual of the season.

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