No. 1 Penn State Wrestling Falls to No. 3 Iowa 22-16 for First Loss of the Season
Top-ranked Penn State wrestling had its first loss of the season to No. 3 Iowa. Iowa had nine ranked wrestlers to Penn State’s eight. No. 4 Matt Brown lost a key matchup to No. 6 Mike Evans. Many looked to Ed Ruth for a pin and Quentin Wright for at least a major decision, but both failed in their attempts. No. 5 Dylan Alton led over top-ranked Derek St. John until St. John took down Alton with less than 30 seconds left in the bout.
No. 17 Jon Gingrich faced No. 6 Bobby Telford in the heavyweights. Telford just needed a decision to get Penn State the win. While this may have seemed unlikely, Gingrich had defeated No. 4 Michael McClure of Minnesota earlier in the season. Gingrich wad dominated by Telford through out the match resulting in a 22-16 loss for Penn State.
#2 Nico Megaludis began the match against top-ranked Matt McDonough at 125. McDonough defeated Megaludis in both a dual meet and the NCAA Championships last year, both in sudden victory time. McDonough and Megaludis both had escapes to send their third match into sudden victory. Neither scored in sudden victory, but neither wrestler scored. Megaludis was down in overtime, but could not escape. In the next overtime, McDonough took down and escaped to give him the win.
Unranked Jordan Conaway was pinned by No. 2 Tony Ramos with 45 seconds in the second period.
Unranked Bryan Pearsall faced No. 8 Mark Ballweg. After a late takedown from Ballweg, the bout remained close going into the second period. Pearsall chose to start down, and Ballweg turned Pearsall for back points. Pearsall escaped to cut the lead to 7-1. Pearsall escaped from down in the third, but Ballweg took Pearsall down again and added near fall points for a major 12-2 decision.
The Alton brothers hoped to start a winning trend for Penn State before heading into the half. No. 8 Andrew Alton tacked on the first win, and a major decision, for Penn State over unranked Brody Grothus. No. 5 Dylan Alton led top-ranked Derek St. John 3-2 with 45 seconds left in the bout. St. John took Alton down and won 4-3. This was the third match for Alton and St. John, with both previous matches going into sudden victory time. Iowa led 16-4 going into the half.
No. 2 David Taylor had the best match for Penn State, beating No. 13 Nick Moore on a technical fall, after leading 13-2 going into the third period.
No. 4 Matt Brown fell to No. 6 Mike Evans as Evans had a late takedown in the third period to win 4-3.
Top-ranked Ed Ruth looked to bring Penn State back in the match and defeated unranked Grant Gambrall with nine takedowns and a major decision. Ruth didn’t get away easily though; he was taken down for only the fourth time at a dual this season.
No. 3 Quentin Wright faced No. 19 Nathan Burak. Wright was looking for a major decision, but Burak fought off Wright in the third period to give Wright an 8-3 lead.
No. 17 Jon Gingrich took on No. 6 Bobby Telford. Despite the ranking difference, Gingrich had beaten a No. 4 ranked wrestler earlier in the season. Telford dominated Gingrich through out the bout, and Telford won 9-2.
Penn State takes on No. 6 Illinois on Sunday.