Boilermaker Takedown

Boilermaker Takedown

The Nittany Lions dazzled a sold out crowd in Rec Hall as they took it to Purdue with a 34-3 win. Familiar Penn State wrestlers continue to uphold the titles they’ve made for themselves, while a few newcomers shine with a similar potential to make their mark.

All-American, Nico Megaludis (125) began the day with a 15-4 win over senior Camden Eppert. Shortly followed by a Boilermaker victory, freshman Jimmy Gulibon (133) fell to Purdue’s all- American, Cashe Quiroga, but little did the Boilermakers know, this was the only victory they would get for the day. Fellow Penn State freshman, Zain Retherford, quickly retrieved the momentum in the 141 weight class and made the overall score 8-3, Penn State.

Junior, Andrew Alton made his season debut in the dual meet and carried out one of the most exciting matches of the day- a 7-6 victory using a 1:26 riding time. His brother Dylan also made his season debut with a win to boost the score to 14-3 at the intermission.

The surreal David Taylor continued his undefeated season streak as he pinned Purdue’s Chad Welch in the first period. Following Taylor’s stellar performance was Matt Brown, who dominated his weight class of 141 and put Penn State up 24-3. Ed Ruth (184) recovered from his surprising loss in the Southern Scuffle with a 13-3 win over Tanner Lynde. Heavyweights, Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) closed out with two victories and a final dual score of 34-3. This makes Penn State’s record 18-0, 2-0 in the conference.

A busy weekend of travelling lies ahead this weekend for the Nittany Lions. Friday, Jan. 17th they face off against Indian at 7 p.m. They return to University Park on Sunday to challenge Northwestern at 2 p.m. Coverage of both duals will be provided by the Big Ten Digital Network.

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