Iowa's Matt McDonough defeated Penn State's Nico Megaludis, 3-1, at 125 pounds (Photo/Bill Ennis)The bout began with a thriller at 125, where No. 2 Matt McDonough of Iowa was taken to sudden victory by talented Penn State freshman Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 8. The true freshman dropped a 3-1 (sv) decision. Iowa followed that up with a pin at 133, where No. 2 Tony Ramos pinned Lion sophomore Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.). The Hawkeyes made it three straight out of the gates when No. 3 Montell Marion posted a hard-fought 7-3 decision over Penn State junior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) at 141.
Penn State got on the scoreboard at 149 when Nittany Lion senior Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 1, dominated Iowa's Mike Kelly to the tune of an 11-5 decision. The three-time All-American had over 3:00 in riding time. Red-shirt freshman Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 157, followed that up with a sound 5-3 win over Iowa's Nick Moore and Penn State trailed 12-6 at the break.
Penn State's Quentin Wright proved to be too much for Iowa's Vinnie Wagner at 184 pounds (Photo/Bill Ennis)Nittany Lion All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at 165, dominated No. 6 Mike Evans of Iowa to the tune of a 9-4 decision with over 3:00 in riding time. Fellow All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, then hammered No. 9 Ethan Lofthouse, posting a dominating 10-1 major decision with 2:45 in riding time as well. Defending national champion Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 184, posted a solid 8-2 win over Iowa's Vinnie Wagner, setting up the heroics at 197.
McIntosh, ranked No. 12 at 197, took returning Hawkeye All-American Grant Gambrall to sudden victory tied a 3-3 and then sent a packed Rec Hall into hysterics with a takedown and a 5-3 (sv) win. The win clinched the dual and then Nittany Lion senior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at heavyweight, closed it out with a superb 4-0 win over Iowa's Blake Raising.
The Nittany Lions are now 8-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten, while Iowa falls to 9-3, 4-2 in the loop. While Penn State only managed one bonus point (on Ruth's major), Penn State dominated the dual by winning seven of the ten bouts and posting an 18-10 takedown advantage.
Penn State's next action will be against Ohio State on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m., in an already sold out Rec Hall. No standing room only tickets are left for the battle with the Buckeyes. Penn State's next home dual is against No. 10 Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. A very limited number of tickets remain for that top-ten battle. Fans can purchase tickets for the Michigan dual by calling 814-865-5555. Tickets are priced at $8 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under) and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day or in person at the Bryce Jordan Center box office. A maximum of four tickets may be purchased per person.
The full season slate of live dual meet and tournament action will air locally on WRSC AM (1390 AM) with Friday evening duals being simulcast on WRSC FM (103.1 FM). Lock Haven's WBPZ (1230 AM) will also carry the entire season live, WIEZ (670 AM) in Huntingdon/Lewistown carries all Sunday events and further affiliates may be added soon. The regular season schedule of radio broadcasts will be streamed live at www.GoPSUsports.com as part of Penn State's All-Access package, which will also feature live video streams of many home events. Ticket information is accessed easily online at www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets/m-wrestl-tickets.html . Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstatepat and on Penn State Wrestling's facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling. The 2011-12 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
125: #2 Matt McDonough IOWA dec. #8 Nico Megaludis PSU, 3-1 (sv) 0-3
133: #3 Tony Ramos IOWA pinned Frank Martellotti PSU, WBF (4:20) 0-9
141: #3 Montell Marion IOWA dec. Bryan Pearsall PSU, 7-3 0-12
149: #1 Frank Molinaro PSU dec. Mike Kelly IOWA, 11-5 3-12
157: #8 Dylan Alton PSU dec. Nick Moore IOWA, 5-3 6-12
165: #1 David Taylor PSU dec. #6 Mike Evans IOWA, 9-4 9-12
174: #2 Ed Ruth PSU maj. dec. #9 Ethan Lofthouse IOWA, 10-1 13-12
184: #2 Quentin Wright PSU dec. Vinnie Wagner IOWA, 8-2 16-12
197: #12 Morgan McIntosh PSU dec. Grant Gambrall IOWA, 5-3 (sv) 19-12
285: #6 Cameron Wade PSU dec. Blake Raising IOWA, 4-0 22-12
Records: #3 Penn State (8-1, 4-1 B1G), #2 Iowa (9-3, 4-2 B1G)
Up Next for Penn State: vs. Ohio State, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., Rec Hall
125: Penn State true freshman Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 125, took on two time All-American and former national champion Matt McDonough, who entered the bout ranked No. 2. The duo battled evenly for the first minute-plus with neither man getting in on a shot to score. Megaludis countered an early McDonough headlock attempt, got in on a single leg and worked to finalize his own takedown as the period wound down. While neither man scored, the flurry allowed the match to move to the second tied 0-0. McDonough chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 1-0 lead. Megaludis took a high single shot but McDonough was able to counter and pressure the Lion, looking for his first takedown. Megaludis shot again as the period wound down and McDonough countered to kill the clock. Megaludis chose down to start the second period and escaped to a 1-1 tie with :55 on the clock. With McDonough only having :45 riding time, the match moved into the final seconds tied 1-1. Megaludis fought off a late McDonough shot and sent the match to overtime. McDonough notched a takedown with just :02 left on the clock to give the second-ranked grappler a 3-1 SV win and put Iowa up 3-0 early.
133: Sophomore Frank Martellotti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took to the mat at 133 to battle No. 3 Tony Ramos of Iowa. Ramos notched the first takedown early and led 2-1 after a quick Martellotti escape. The third-ranked Ramos added a second takedown at the :20 mark and the ride out gave the Hawkeye a 4-1 lead after one period. Ramos chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 5-1 lead. Ramos then took Martellotti down again and finished off a cradle for a pin at the 4:20 mark.
141: Junior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) faced off against Iowa senior Montell Marion, who was ranked No. 3 at 141. Pearsall and Marion battled evenly for the first minute plus, with neither man finding an opening to score. Marion got in on a single leg at the 1:20 mark, Pearsall countered by gaining control of Marion's left leg and a stalemate was called at the 1:00 mark. Marion gained control of Pearsall's shoulder and moved behind him for a takedown and a 2-0 lead with :17 on the clock. A short ride out and Marion led by two after one. Marion chose down to start the second stanza and escaped at the 1:30 mark. Marion then countered a Pearsall shot and notched another takedown for a 5-0 lead with 1:20 left in the middle period. Pearsall escaped to a 5-1 deficit and action resumed with :50 on the clock. Marion got in on a single leg with :10 left but Pearsall was able to kill the clock and trailed 5-1 after two. Pearsall chose down to start the final period and escaped to a 5-2 deficit. Pearsall shot, was countered by Marion, but fought off the move to stay close with 1:10 left. Marion finished off a takedown with :50 left and led 7-3 after a Pearsall escape. Pearsall tried to score late but Marion was able to hold off the effort and earned a hard-fought 7-3 decision.
149: Three-time All-American Frank Molinaro (Barnegat, N.J.), ranked No. 1 at 149, met Iowa's Mike Kelly. Molinaro set the tempo early, looking for an opening to score. A high single turned into a lift and takedown with 2:17 on the clock and Molinaro led 2-0. Molinaro then put together a strong ride, building up over a minute's riding time. Kelly escaped at the :58 mark but Molinaro quickly took the Hawkeye down to lead 4-1 with :20 on the clock. A short ride-out later and the Lion led 4-1 with 1:45 riding time after one. Kelly chose down to start the second stanza but Molinaro maintained control for over a minute and led 4-2 with :40 after Kelly escaped. Leading 4-2, Molinaro chose down to start the third period and quickly escaped to a 5-2 lead. Molinaro added a quick takedown to lead 7-3 with 1:09 on the clock. Kelly gained control of Molinaro's ankle, looking for his own takedown and got it with :35 on the clock to lead 8-5 after Molinaro escaped. With the riding time point clinched, Molinaro With :15 left, Molinaro closed out the win with another takedown and posted the 11-5 decision.
157: Red-shirt freshman Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 157, faced off against Iowa's Nick Moore. Alton wasted no time taking the lead, getting in on a takedown to move out to a 2-0 advantage early. Moore escaped after :29, but Alton continued to pressure the Hawkeye, looking for an opening to add to his lead. Alton continued to shoot and Moore was forced into defense for the rest of the period, allowing Alton to lead 2-1 after one. Moore chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 2-2 tie. Alton shot low after the Moore escape, gained control of his waist and led 4-2 with 1:15 left in the period. Moore escaped quickly and cut Alton's lead to one. Leading 4-3, Alton chose down to start the third and quickly escaped to a 5-3 lead. The Lion freshman used a swift low single to force a scramble in the middle of the mat. Moore was able to fight off the move and Alton continued to lead by two. Neither man would score down the stretch and Alton sent the Lions into the locker-room on a high with the 5-3 decision.
165: All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 1 at 165, faced off against Iowa's Mike Evans, who entered the bout ranked No. 6. Taylor quickly gained control of the Hawkeye, using a low single to double for a 2-0 lead. The sophomore then maintained control of the Hawkeye for over a minute until he cut him loose. Taylor quickly took Evans down again and cut him quickly to a 4-2 lead. Taylor continued to shoot Evans back on his heels, but the Hawkeye stepped back for the rest of the period and trailed Taylor 4-2 after one. Taylor chose down to start the second period and deftly reversed Evans for a 6-2 lead with 1:34 on the clock. Taylor controlled the action from the top, spending the next minute-plus looking for a chance to turn the Hawkeye for back points. Evans managed to not give up near fall points and Taylor led 6-2 with nearly 3:00 riding time after two. Evans chose down to start the third and Taylor immediately cut him loose. Taylor took Evans down, forced a first stall warning and then cut him loose to an 8-4 le3ad with 1:00 left. Looking for a major, Taylor continued to pressure Evans off the mat. Evans defense allowed the Hawkeye to escape without giving up bonus points as Taylor posted the 9-4 win with over 2:00 riding time.
174: All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 174, met Hawkeye Ethan Lofthouse, who was ranked No. 9. Ruth quickly took Lofthouse down for an early 2-0 lead, cut the ninth-ranked wrestler loose and then immediately began looking for a second takedown. With the Hawkeye wrestler back on his heels, Ruth continued to pressure Lofthouse for the next two minutes. Ruth's pressure paid off as the Lion notched a second takedown with :20 on the clock and, after a short ride out, led 4-1 with :40 in riding time after the opening period. Ruth chose down to start the second stanza and steadily worked his way to an escape and a 5-1 lead. Ruth notched another takedown with :45 on the clock, upping his lead to 7-1. The sophomore then spent the rest of the period forcing Lofthouse into a stall warning with a ride out. Lofthouse chose down to start the third period and got his with a quick stall for an 8-1 Ruth lead. Ruth turned Lofthouse to his back but did not get the back point call. He did pick up another point on stalling and, with nearly 3:00 in riding time, walked away with a resounding 10-1 major decision.
184: Two-time All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 184, met Hawkeye Vinnie Wagner. Wright, like the Lions before him, set the tempo early, looking for a chance to take an early lead. Wagner got in on a single leg, but Wright was able to counter the move and nearly threw Wagner to his back for a pin. Wagner worked out of trouble and the bout resumed tied 0-0 with 1:15 left in the first period. Wright countered a Wagner shot with :15 left and took the Hawkeye down to lead 2-0 after one. Wright chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead. Wagner got in on a high single leg and Wright once again forced a stalemate with 1:10 on the clock. Trailing 3-0, Wagner chose down to start the third period. A quick escape cut into Wright's lead but the Lion then drove through a double leg for another takedown and a 5-1 lead for the Lion junior. Wright cut Wagner at the :52 mark and then countered a Wagner shot off the reset. Wright added one more takedown and, with the riding time point, posted the 8-2 win.
197: True freshman Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.), ranked No. 12 at 197, met talented Hawkeye junior Grant Gambrall. McIntosh and Gambrall battled evenly for the opening minute, with McIntosh taking shots that Gambrall was able to step away from. Gambrall took a high single that led to a stalemate at the 1:15 mark and the bout moved on scoreless. McIntosh shot at the :42 mark, but Gambrall was able to counter and got a go-ahead takedown late in the period. McIntosh steadily worked his way to a reversal with :11 left to tie the bout up at 2-2 heading into the second period. McIntosh chose down to start the second period and quickly escaped to a 3-2 lead. McIntosh gained control of Gambrall's left leg, worked his way into a scoring chance but a dangerous hold call stopped the action at the :55 mark. McIntosh nearly scored at the end of the second, but time ran out. Trailing by one, Gambrall chose down to start the final period and escaped to a 3-3 tie with 1:34 on the clock. The duo battled evenly down the stretch until McIntosh got in on a low single with :35 on the clock. Gambrall was able to defend the move and force a stalemate with :09 left, keeping the bout tied. Gambrall shot low off the opening whistle in sudden victory, but McIntosh countered the move, forcing a stalemate with :35 on the clock. McIntosh countered another Gambrall shot and this time, the Lion true freshman sent nearly 7,000 into hysterics with a dual clinching takedown. The 5-3 win with just :17 left in sudden victory put Penn State up 19-12 with just one bout remaining.
285: Senior Cameron Wade (Twinsburg, Ohio), ranked No. 6 at 285, took to the mat against Iowa senior Blake Raising. Wade got the bout's first takedown at the 1:20 mark, using a swift low double to take Raising to the mat and open up an early 2-0 lead. Wade spent the remainder of the period turning Raising to his shoulder but could not get him to his back for any near fall points. Leading by two, Wade chose down to start the second stanza and quickly escaped to a 3-0 lead. Neither man scored for the remainder of the second period and Wade led by three with 1:16 in riding time heading into the final period. Raising chose neutral to start the third period. The veteran duo battled evenly for much of the period with Raising getting in deep on two low doubles that Wade was able to counter and end with stalemates. Wade held on for the 3-0 win and the Lions walked away with a 22-12 win.