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Wrestling Wreport: Penn State beats two more ranked teams

Penn State beats Pitt 31-7 and Ohio State 29-18

#1 Penn State 31, #15 Pitt 7

125: #2 Nico Megaludis PSU win by forfeit 6-0
133: Jordan Conaway PSU dec. #16 Shelton Mack PITT, 5-3 (sv) 9-0
141: Travis Shaffer PITT maj. dec. Derek Reber PSU, 14-2 9-4
149: #7 Andrew Alton PSU dec. Ronnie Garbinsky PITT, 14-7 12-4
157: #5 Dylan Alton PSU dec. Donnie Tasser PITT, 7-3 15-4
165: #2 David Taylor PSU maj. dec. #17 Tyler Wilps, 20-6 19-4
174: #5 Matt Brown PSU dec. P.J. Tassesr PITT, 10-4 22-4
184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU maj. dec. #13 Max Thomusseit PITT, 17-3 26-4
197: #3 Quentin Wright PSU pinned #2 Matt Wilps PITT, WBF (2:43) 32-4
285: #8 Zac Thomusseit PITT dec. Jimmy Lawson PSU, 5-4 31-7

#1 Penn State 29, #6 Ohio State 18

125: #2 Nico Megaludis PSU maj. dec. #12 Nikko Triggas OSU, 9-1 4-0
133: #1 Logan Stieber OSU pinned Jordan Conaway PSU, WBF (1:59) 4-6
141: #2 Hunter Stieber OSU pinned Derek Reber PSU, WBF (1:25) 4-12
149: #19 Cam Tessari OSU dec. #7 Andrew Alton PSU, 3-1 4-15
157: #5 Dylan Alton PSU dec. #19 Josh Demas OSU, 4-3 7-15
165: #2 David Taylor PSU pinned Mark Martin OSU, WBF (2:55) 13-15
174: #7 Nick Heflin OSU dec. #5 Matt Brown PSU, 3-2 13-18
184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU pinned C.J. Magrum OSU, WBF (1:51) 19-18
197: #3 Quentin Wright PSU maj. dec. #16 Kenny Courts OSU, 9-1 23-18
285: Jimmy Lawson PSU inj. frf #12 Peter Capone OSU, Lawson up 6-0 at time 29-18

Penn State traveled to western Pennsylvania to take on long-time rival Pitt and then took the short trip to Columbus to take on Big Ten rival and top-ten ranked Ohio State. While the results may have been in question, Penn State came away with two wins despite some questionable results.

125: #2 Nico Megaludis

Nico only had to wrestle once as Pitt gave him the 6-point forfeit. Against Ohio State, Nico took on another Nikko in 12th ranked Nikko Triggas. The Triggas match was a good show of how far Megatron has developed as a wrestler. Last season this would have been a bout in great doubt but Nico handled it like a seasoned veteran. Nico countered an early Triggas shot and converted it to a quick takedown. Carrying a slim 2 point lead, Nico turned on the offense in the third getting a takedown and 2 nearfall points to secure the major decision. Megaludis continues to impress and is right there with the top talent at 125.

133: Jordan Conaway

Conaway had a mixed weekend getting decked by top-ranked Logan Stieber of OSU while beating 16th ranked Shelton Mack of Pitt in sudden victory overtime. Conaway gave up a late second period takedown and trailed 3-1 to start the third. Like he has all season, Conaway pushed the action late and was able to get two stall points to tie the bout at 3. True to form he pushed the action in the overtime period and was able to get the winning takedown with 25 seconds left in the overtime period. We'll give Jordan the benefit of the doubt against a hammer like Stieber but he did wrestle well against yet another ranked opponent.

141: Derek Reber

With Bryan Pearsall nursing a minor injury, Penn State's Derek Reber took the mat at 141. The results weren't very good, he got majored by Travis Shaffer and even worse got decked by Hunter Stieber of Ohio State. At this point of the OSU bout things looked bleak for the good guys.

149: #7 Andrew Alton

Andrew had another bad weekend beating Pitt's Garbinsky but losing to OSU's Tessari 3-1. Tessari is ranked but at #19, it should be an easy win for a top-ten wrestler like Alton. I'm not sure what's going on with Alton but with only two duals left, he doesn't have much time to correct the problems.

157: #5 Dylan Alton

Against Pitt's Tasser, Dylan kept the pressure on and opened up a 4-3 second period lead with an escape and strong takedown to secure the 7-3 win. Against Ohio State, Dylan had to beat Josh Demas if Penn State was going to start a comeback and pull out the win. He did just that although it wasn't without controversy. Alton had a 3-0 lead after two but gave up an escape and a takedown off a countered shot. Dylan was able to get the escape and hold on for the 4-3 victory and start the comeback for the Lions.

165: #2 David Taylor

Taylor majored Pitt's Tyler Wilps 20-6 but it was his pin of Mark Martin that helped Penn State secure the Ohio State dual. Martin got the opening takedown but Taylor methodically got his way out for the escape and took him down twice. Taylor spent the last 20 seconds of the period stacking Martin and finally got the pin with just 5 seconds left.

174: #4 Matt Brown

Brown had another frustrating match going for a takedown but getting countered for the loss. With the score tied Brown forced the action late in the 3rd taking shots while Heflin blocked him off. With just 5 seconds to go in the bout, Heflin countered a Brown shot and got behind him for the takedown and upset win. Brown was definitely the more aggressive wrestler but couldn't finish his shot yet again.

184: #1 Ed Ruth

With Q and heavyweight left and Penn State clinging to a 1 point lead, Ed Ruth took to the mat knowing what he had to do: get the pin and give the Lions some breathing room. Ruth didn't disappoint, getting the quick takedown and then started working for the patent cradle. It took Ed less than 2 minutes to wrap Magrum up, lock the cradle and end the match early.

197: #3 Quentin Wright

Wright had a great weekend, decking Matt Wilps of Pitt, the 2nd ranked wrestler in the country and majoring Kenny Courts of Ohio State who moved up from 184 to wrestle Q at 197. Wright almost pinned Courts after a first period takedown but couldn't make it stick. He rolled to a 9-1 victory with over a minute of riding time and remains undefeated.

285:Jimmy Lawson

With the dual well in hand (5 point lead at this point), Lawson could go after a personal goal and beat a ranked opponent. He did just that countering a Capone shot, getting the takedown and 2 nearfall points. After a injury restart, Lawson escaped and Capone could not continue, forfeiting with Jimmy up 6-0. Lawson came up just short against Ptt's Thomusseit losing 5-4 but is very close to taking the next step. For now it appears that Lawson may have won the starting job.

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