Six Penn State Wrestlers Win Titles at Kaloust Bearcat Open
A large contingent of the Penn State wrestling squad traveled unattached to the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Binghamton, New York on Sunday. Coach Cael Sanderson said that many of the remaining starting spots would be determined based off of results from the tournament. The Nittany Lions were able to bring six titles back from Binghamton after a largely successful tournament for the Penn State wrestlers in attendance.
No. 2 Nico Megaludis pinned his first opponent at 4:22, which was followed by three major decisions. In the final match at 125, he faced No. 3 Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. Garrett won in a close 6-5 decision.
Redshirt sophomore Jordan Conaway and No. 11 redshirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon both wrestled in the tournament at 133. While Gulibon had two tech falls and a pin during his first three matches, Conaway had just three decisions. The two faced each other in the fourth match as Conaway defeated Gulibon in a 3-1 decision to advance to the finals. Gulibon was pinned in the third place match by No. 19 Geoff Alexander of Maryland. Conaway faced No. 9 Mark Grey of Cornell in the finals but lost in a 3-1 decision.
Five unranked Nittany Lions competed at the 141 weight class. Kade Moss, Michael Waters and Nate Morgan all lost their first matches. Redshirt freshman Zack Beitz pinned his first opponent in the first period followed by a tech fall and two decisions. Beitz faced Will Switzer of Lehigh in the semifinals and lost in a 5-3 decision. True freshman Zain Retherford had a major decision, a pin, and a decision in his first three matches. He had a tech fall to send him to the finals and a pin over Switzer to take the title at his weight class.
James English, Luke Frey and Kyle Moran competed at 149 for a starting spot while No. 8 Andrew Alton recovers from shoulder surgery. Moran lost his first bout and Frey forfeited his due to injury. English had two major decisions and a decision before forfeiting the semifinal match.
Jimmy Vollrath wrestled at 157 and will likely be starting for No. 6 Dylan Alton as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Vollrath had a tech fall, a major decision, and a pin in his first three matches. He had a 6-3 decision in the semifinals, but lost a 9-8 decision to Nestor Taffur in the finals. Caleb Livingston lost his first match of the tournament.
To no one’s surprise, top-ranked David Taylor had four first period pins, including one in the finals at 165. Taylor faced a Cornell wrestler in the finals, which is a situation that he faced quite a few times last season. The result was vastly different for Taylor this time as he pinned Craig Eifert at 1:51 to take the title at 165.
Freshman Garett Hammond also wrestled at 165. He had a tech fall in his first bout, but lost a 9-6 decision in his second bout. In wrestlebacks, Hammond had two pins, a major decision, a tech fall, and an opponent forfeit to send him to the third place bout. Hammond defeated Mitch Wightman of Boston University for third place in a 5-3 decision.
No. 3 Matt Brown had two first period pins and two major decisions to advance to the 174 finals. Brown pinned Owen Scott of Cornell in the finals. Rex Lutz wrestled at 174 in the tournament and lost his first match.
Top-ranked Ed Ruth had four consecutive tech falls at 184 to advance him into the finals. In the semifinal match, Ruth faced sophomore teammate James Frascella who had won three consecutive decisions to get to the semifinals. Ruth topped Frascella before pinning Gabe Dean of Cornell in 1:24 to win the weight class. Dylan Dailey also competed at 184 but was pinned in the first round.
No. 4 Morgan McIntosh had three pins heading into the semifinals, and major decisions in both the semifinals and finals. McIntosh defeated No. 15 Jace Bennett of Cornell in the 197 finals.
In the heavyweights, No. 10 Jimmy Lawson, Jon Gingrich and Nick Ruggear all competed. Ruggear had two major decisions and a tech fall before the semifinals where he lost a 6-4 decision to William Smith of Rutgers.
Gingrich pinned his first opponent at 1:59 before losing a 2-1 decision to Smith.Gingrich had two decisions, a major decision, and a pin before facing Ruggear in wrestlebacks. Gingrich had a 4-3 decision over Ruggear to get to the third place bout where he defeated Tyler Deuel of Binghamton in a 6-4 decision.
Lawson had three decisions and a tech fall heading into the finals, where he won a 3-1 decision over Smith to take the heavyweight title.
The Nittany Lions start their dual schedule away next weekend against Rider on Saturday and Lehigh on Sunday. The Rider dual can be watched on Comcast Sports Network at 4 p.m.