Taylor, Ruth lead Penn St. to comeback win versus Ohio State in Big Ten finale
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 1 Penn State took care of business at sixth-ranked Ohio State, racking up bonus points in a 29-18 win in Columbus. Junior All-American's David Taylor and Ed Ruth led head coach Cael Sanderson's squad with big pins at 165 and 184 pounds.
Sophomore All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 at 125, put the Nittany Lions up early with a 9-1 major decision against No. 12 Nikko Triggas. Megaludis had two near fall points in the decisive third period. Top-ranked Logan Stieber then pinned Penn State freshman Jordan Conaway at 133, getting the fall at the 1:59 mark. No. 2 Hunter Stieber matched his brother, pinning Nittany Lions senior Derek Reber at 141 in 1:25.
The Buckeyes received a boost at 149 when No. 19 Cam Tessari upset No. 7 Andrew Alton 3-1, putting Ohio State up 15-4 after four bouts.
All-American Dylan Alton, ranked No. 5 at 157, notched a hard-fought 4-3 win against No. 19 Josh Demas to cut into the Buckeyes' lead.
Defending national champion Taylor, ranked No. 2 at 165, nearly erased the lead with a pin of Mark Martin with just five seconds left in the opening period. The fall win at 2:55 cut Ohio State's lead to 15-13.
Ohio State picked up another upset win at 174 when No. 7 Nick Heflin used a last-second takedown to grab a 3-2 win against No. 5 Matt Brown.
Defending national champion Ruth, ranked No. 1 at 184, then gave Penn State the lead with a quick cradle. Ruth got the pin early in the first period, getting the fall at 1:51 and putting Penn State up 19-18.
Three-time All-American Quentin Wright, ranked No. 3 at 197, received a 9-1 major decision against OSU's Kenny Courts. The win put the Lions up 23-18.
Sophomore Jimmy Lawson capped the dual with a strong showing against No. 12 Peter Capone at 285. Lawson used a takedown, two back points and reversal after choice to roll up a 6-0 lead before Capone took an injury forfeit. Lawson's six-point victory gave Penn State the 29-18 win.
The Nittany Lions won the takedown battle 10-4 but dominated the bonus-point war, picking up 11 while winning 6 of 10 bouts. Penn State had two pins, two majors and a forfeit win at 285.
Taylor and Ruth each recorded their 32nd career pins, moving them into a tie for fifth all-time at Penn State. Wright currently sits in second with 35. Ruth and Wright remain unbeaten on the season, with Ruth checking in at 23-0 and Wright at 22-0. Taylor is 21-1.
Penn State moved to 11-1 on the year and 7-1 to finish its final Big Ten dual. The Buckeyes' home loss sends OSU to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.