Penn State crowns six at home
Nittany Lions place 18 at own meet, among 475 wrestlers
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Fifth-ranked Penn State blazed its way through the 2011 Nittany Lion Open, crowning six champions and collecting 18 place winners at the event. Penn State sent 29 wrestlers into action at the all-day event, which featured 475 grapplers from around the country.
Freshman Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 17, went 6-0 on the day including an 11-1 major against North Carolina State’s Coltin Fought in the final at 125. No. 1 Frank Molinaro was a perfect 6-0 at 149, pinning No. 9 Donnie Vinson of Binghamton in the final, while No. 1 David Taylor was 4-0 on the day plus a win against former American All-American Steve Fittery in the final at 165. Taylor majored Fittery 14-6 but the result does not count in Taylor’s win/loss record.
No. 2 Ed Ruth went 6-0 at 174, downing No. 17 Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland 7-4 in the final while teammate No. 6 Quentin Wright went 6-0 at 184 pounds, getting a 17-0 tech fall against Kent State’s Cole Baxter in the championship match.
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Senior Cameron Wade, ranked No. 5 at heavyweight, raced his way to a 6-0 mark to win the title, getting a pin at the 1:26 mark against Clarion’s Quintas McCorkle in the title bout.
Also reaching the final, redshirt freshman Dylan Alton, ranked No. 11 at 157, was pinned by No. 8 James Fleming of Clarion and placed second with a 5-1 record. True freshman Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 10 at 197, was upset by No. 20 Christian Boley of Maryland 12-9 in the final.
Along with the Nittany Lions, other title winners included No. 7 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech, who won the crown with a 17-7 major decision against Nick Arujua at 133 pounds. Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech upset No. 19 Kevin Smith of Buffalo in the final at 141, getting a 7-3 win.
Jordan Conaway went 3-2 and placed fourth at 125 pounds for Penn State while sophomore Frank Martellotti went 4-1 and took eighth at 133. Seth Beitz was 7-1 on the day and placed fifth at 149 while redshirt freshman Andrew Alton was 5-1 to take third at that weight. James Vollrath downed teammate Nick Fischer in the third place bout at 157, getting an 11-2 major to take third while Fischer finished fourth.
Penn State was solid through the early going of the tournament, with 16 of Penn State’s 29 wrestlers advancing to the quarterfinals. In the quarters, PSU went 13-2 with one wrestler taking a medical forfeit which does not count as a loss. In the semifinals, Penn State finished 8-5 with two of the losses coming in bouts that pitted Lion against Lion. Penn State then went 6-2 in the championship round, crowning its six titlists to go along with two second-place finishers.
Penn State went 101-29 overall on the day.