Six pins lead top-ranked Penn State to 52-0 rout of Indiana in Big Ten opener
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Top-ranked Penn State shut out visiting Indiana 52-0 in a Big Ten dual-meet opener for both participating teams. The Nittany Lions collected six pins and sophomore Jon Gingrich delivered the biggest win with a victory in the heavyweight class.
The Nittany Lions notched four consecutive falls to begin the match on their way to a 27-0 halftime lead. Sophomore All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 3 at 125, pinned Indiana's Joe Duca at the 4:36 mark. Redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway picked up his first collegiate fall, pinning the Hoosier's Quin Murphy at the 4:42 mark.
Senior Bryan Pearsall picked up his third pin of the year, getting a fall (4:42) versus IU's Eric Roach. Sophomore Andrew Alton, ranked No. 5 nationally at 149 and making his season dual-meet debut, made it four in a row for the team with a quick 0:52 fall against Hoosier senior Geno Capezio. Alton's pin was his sixth in a 7-0 start to the year. Sophomore All-American Dylan Alton, ranked No. 5 nationally at 157, dominated Indiana's Taylor Walsh in an 11-6 decision, giving Penn State a 27-0 lead heading into intermission.
Two-time All-American David Taylor, ranked No. 2 at 165, cruised past No. 18 Ryan LeBlanc in the bout's marquee match-up, posting the 8-0 major. Sophomore Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, followed that up with Penn State's fifth pin, getting a fall against Cheney Dale at the 6:40 mark. Two-time All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 1 at 184, connected on Penn State's sixth fall of the dual, finishing off an early cradle for a pin (1:24).
Senior Quentin Wright, ranked No. 3 at 197, received a forfeit at 197, putting the Nittany Lions up 49-0. Penn State sophomore heavyweight Jon Gingrich collected two third-period takedowns on his way to a 6-5 win against No. 8 Adam Chalfant to close out the scoring.
The Nittany Lions posted a lop-sided 27-1 edge in takedowns, with Chalfant getting IU's only one. PSU's six pins, a forfeit and a major amounted to 22 bonus points. The shutout is Penn State's fourth under head coach Cael Sanderson and the first since a 43-0 Big Ten road shutout at Wisconsin on Jan. 15, 2012. The margin of victory was the most for a Penn State team since joining the Big Ten conference in 1992-93 and the most lopsided win for Penn State since a 54-0 win against Millesville on Jan. 25, 1983.
Top-ranked Penn State moved to 3-0 and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Indiana fell to 5-3 and 0-1 in conference play.