11 of the 17 Penn State competitors placed in their events. Starting with weight class 125, Nico Megadulis placed second with a record of 5-1, his only loss against No. 1 seed Nashon Garrett from Cornell. Jimmy Gulibon, 133, also scored a second place medal with the same 5-1 record, his loss to No.1 Jon Morrison from Oklahoma State. Jordan Conaway, also 133, placed 6th with a 4-3 record. Freshman Zain Retherford dominated the 144-weight class, taking the first place title at 5-0. Luke Frey placed 8th at 149 lbs. and a record of 5-3.
David Taylor, 165, won his third straight Southern Scuffle title with a major win over Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell, ranked No. 2 behind Taylor. Matt Brown, 174, took a bittersweet second place at 5-1, his only loss to Chris Perry who is No.2 from Oklahoma State. Ed Ruth, 184, also surprisingly placed 2nd after a loss to No. 7 Gabe Dean from Cornell. Morgan McIntosh, 197, took 4th place after losing twice to Missouri’s J’Den Cox ranked No. 14. Finishing up the weekend with the 285-weight class, Jimmy Lawson placed 3rd, his only loss to No.1 Tony Nelson from Minnesota. Fellow heavyweight Jon Gingrich placed 6th.
After nearly a month, Penn State returns home Sunday, January 12th as they host Purdue in Rec Hall. The match begins at 2 p.m. and is sold out, for standing room only information contact the athletic ticket office.