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NCAA Wrestling: #1 Nittany Lions Maintain 10 Ranked Wrestlers

Penn State is 3-0 on the year.
STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestlers hold steady as the No. 1 team on Intermat’s Tournament Power Index (TPI) as head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad enters its second straight week with ranked grapplers at all ten weights.  The TPI ranks a team’s potential tournament strength based on Intermat’s individual rankings, not dual meet strength. The full list of national rankings is available at www.intermatwrestle.com.

Penn State is off this weekend and 3-0 overall.  The team is ranked No. 1 on the TPI with 100.5 points while conference rival Iowa hot on the Lions’ heels in the No. 2 slot with 99.0 points.  Minnesota sits in third with 89.5 and Oklahoma holds fourth with 73.  Oklahoma State rounds out the top five with 68.0 points.  Nebraska (8), Illinois (10), Northwestern (11), Ohio State (32.5), Wisconsin (14) and Michigan (19) give the Big Ten nine team ranked among the nation’s top 25.

Junior All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.) continues to hold the No. 3 spot at 125 with a 7-1 mark while red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.) moves up to No. 13 at 133 with a 4-3 mark.  True freshman Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.) holds the No. 12 spot at 141 with a perfect 8-0 mark. Junior Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) is No. 8 at 149 and twin brother Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.) is No. 5 at 157.  The brothers are expected to return mid-December after off-season surgeries.

Senior All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio) is No. 1 at 165 with an 8-0 mark while junior All-American Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah) is No. 3 at 174 with an identical 8-0 mark.  Senior All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 at 184 while sophomore Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.) is No. 4 at 197 with an 8-0 record.  Junior Jimmy Lawson (Tom’s River, N.J.) rounds out Penn State’s ten ranked grapplers, ranked No. 10 at 285 with a 7-0 mark.

-- Penn State Athletic Communications


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