By Pat Donghia
Penn State Sports Information
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 17, 2013 – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team, ranked No. 3 nationally, closed out the home portion of its schedule with 48-0 shut-out win over visiting Rider. Seniors Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.) and Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) thrilled a sold out SRO crowd of over 6,500 with big wins in their final home appearances.
All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 125, opened up the dual by pinning Bronc Patrick Skinner, getting the fall at the 3:48 mark. Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway (Abbottstown, Pa.), ranked No. 14 nationally at 133, then rolled to a 19-5 major with 3:19 in riding time over Mike Shupin.
Senior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.), wrestling for the final time in Rec Hall, then thrilled over 6,000 fans in a sold out Rec Hall by getting a pin in his final appearance in front of the home crowd. Pearsall completed a cradle and pinned Rob Cigna at the 2:01 mark. Sophomore Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 12 at 149, rolled to a 12-4 major over Curt Delia. Brother Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 5 at 157, posted a 5-2 win over Rider’s Zac Cibula to give the Nittany Lions a 23-0 lead at intermission.
Junior All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 2 at 165, then pinned No. 20 Ramon Santiago in the only bout pitting ranked wrestlers against each other. Taylor got the fall early in the second period, getting a pin at the 3:48 mark. Sophomore Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), ranked No. 7 at 174, then matched Taylor, getting a fall of his own. Brown pinned Rider junior James Brundage at the 4:06 mark.
Junior All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 184, kept the pin parade going, picking up yet another first period pin. This one, over Rider freshman Ryan Wolfe at the 2:38 mark to put Penn State up 41-0. Three-time All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 197, then made his final appearance in Rec Hall count, rolling to a 12-4 major (with 4:44 in riding time) over Donald McNeil. Sophomore heavyweight Jimmy Lawson (Tom’s River, N.J.), ranked No. 12 nationally, then secured the shut-out with a dominating 3-0 decision (including 3:46) in riding time over Greg Velasco.
The Nittany Lions compiled a lop-sided 30-1 margin in takedowns and rolled up 18 bonus points thanks to five pins and three majors. Ruth and Wright remain undefeated on the year, checking in at 24-0 and 23-0 respectively while Taylor improves to 22-1. The shut-out was Penn State’s fourth of the year, marking the first time in Nittany Lion history the team has logged four shut-outs in one season. The blanking was the eighth under Sanderson in this, his fourth year at the helm of the program. Penn State moves to 12-1 on the year (having finished its Big Ten slate with a 7-1 mark). Rider falls to 10-7.
Penn State ends its dual meet season next Sunday with a road trip to Rutgers. The Lions and Scarlet Knights tangle at 2 p.m. on 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. The 2012-13 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.
#3 Penn State 48, Rider 0
February 17, 2013 – University Park, Pa. – Rec Hall
125: #2 Nico Megaludis PSU pinned Patrick Skinner RID, WBF (3:48) 6-0
133: #14 Jordan Conaway PSU maj. dec. Mike Shupin RID, 19-5 10-0
141: Bryan Pearsall PSU pinned Rob Cigna RID, WBF (2:01) 16-0
149: #12 Andrew Alton PSU maj. dec. Curt Delia RID, 12-4 20-0
157: #5 Dylan Alton PSU dec. Zac Cibula RID, 5-2 23-0
165: #2 David Taylor PSU pinned #20 Ramon Santiago RID, WBF (3:48) 29-0
174: #7 Matt Brown PSU pinned James Brundage RID, WBF (4:06) 35-0
184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU pinned Ryan Wolfe RID, WBF (2:38) 41-0
197: #2 Quentin Wright PSU maj. dec. Donald McNeil RID, 12-4 45-0
285: #12 Jimmy Lawson PSU dec. Greg Velasco RID, 3-0 48-0
Records: Penn State 12-1, 7-1 Big Ten; Rider 10-7
Up Next for Penn State: at Rutgers, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.