The dual began at 157, where junior All-American Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 4 at 157, stayed unbeaten with a solid 8-3 win over Roger Wildmo. All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at 165, remained unbeaten as well with a first period pin of Bobby Nash. Taylor got the fall at the 1:53 mark, his 11th of the season and the 48th of his career.
All-American Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), ranked No. 3 at 174, then dominated Spartan Nick Kaczanowski, rolling to an 18-3 technical fall at the 7:00 mark, including 4:48 in riding time. All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 184, matched Taylor with a first period pin of his own, getting a quick pin over John Rizqallah at the 0:38 mark. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), ranked No. 3 at 197, continued Penn State’s pin-parade, locking up a second period cradle to pin Nick McDiarmid at the 4:23 mark. The win sent Penn State into intermission with a 26-0 lead.
Junior Nick Ruggear (Oxford, Pa.) got the nod at 285 and led into the third period over No. 7 Mike McClure. But McClure rallied late for the 5-1 decision, putting the Spartans on the board. At 125, Nittany Lion Jordan Conaway stepped in for second-ranked Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.). Megaludis did not make the weekend trip after being sick all week. Conaway, a national qualifier last year at 133, dominated MSU’s Brenan Lyon, posting a 15-4 major decision.
Red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.), ranked No. 16 at 133, followed with strong performance of his own in a 10-3 decision with over 2:00 in riding time. Undefeated true freshman Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 141, stayed unbeaten, pinning Brian Gibbs at the 4:42 mark. Junior Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) took to the mat at 149 and closed out a dominant Penn State performance with a 9-5 victory over Spartan Nick Trimble.
Penn State posted a lop-sided 23-2 edge in takedown and notched four pins, the most in a dual this year for the Nittany Lions. Taylor improved to 22-0 with the win, including 11 pins, six tech falls and five majors. His 48 pins are just five shy of Penn State’s all-time record of 53. He is 122-3 all-time and is now eighth on Penn State’s all-time wins list. Taylor also improved to 30-0 all-time in Big Ten duals and 51-0 all-time against Big Ten competition.
Ruth is 21-1 with eight pins, seven tech falls and six majors. His 43 career pins is third all-time at Penn State. Ruth is 123-3 all-time at Penn State and is tied for sixth on the Lions’ all-time wins list. He, like Taylor, is unbeaten against Big Ten foes, sporting a 30-0 Big Ten dual meet mark and a 52-0 mark all-time against Big Ten competition.
Retherford remained unbeaten and moved to 22-0 with four pins, two tech falls and seven majors. Dylan Alton improved to 14-0 on the year with three pins and a major. Brown moved to 22-1 with six pins, three techs and seven majors and McIntosh improved to 21-2 with four pins and nine majors. Andrew Alton moved to 8-0 as well.
Penn State moves to 12-0 on the year, 6-0 in Big Ten action, while Michigan State falls to 5-9, 0-6 B1G. The Nittany Lions visit Michigan on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. The Lions and Wolverines tangle at 3:30 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network in a match where the winner will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
--Penn State Athletic Communications
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