Penn State's wrestling team won 24-12 Saturday night at No. 3 Iowa in front of almost 14,000 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, winning 7 of 10 bouts while a snow storm rolled into Iowa City.
The dual meet began at 125, where Nittany Lion junior and No. 3-ranked Nico Megaludis won 4-1 over Thomas Gilman. Red-shirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon, ranked No. 15 at 133, battled No. 3 Tony Ramos into the third period before Ramos got the fall at the 5:22 mark. True freshman Zain Retherford from Benton, now ranked No. 2 at 141, used a third period takedown and a long ride out to post a strong 4-2 win over No. 9 Josh Dziewa to tie the bout at 6-6.
At 149, red-shirt freshman Zack Beitz silenced the Carver-Hawkeye crowd with a swift five-point throw as his bout ended, breaking a 1-1 tie as he went on to down Iowa's Michael Kelly 6-1, putting Penn State up 9-6. Senior James Vollrath battled top-ranked and defending national champion Derek St. John tough at 157 before dropping a 10-4 decision, sending the dual into halftime tied 9-9.
Senior David Taylor, ranked No. 1 at 165, gave Penn State a 13-9 lead after intermission with a dominating 12-3 major over No. 4 Nick Moore. Taylor rolled up 4:13 in riding time to post the win. Junior Matt Brown, ranked No. 3 at 174, then controlled No. 6 Mike Evans with a third period rideout. That, combined with a first period takedown gave the Lion All-American an impressive 4-1 win, putting Penn State up 16-9.
Senior Ed Ruth, ranked No. 1 at 184, then took care of No. 2 Ethan Lofthouse, 12-4 with 2:21 in riding time. Sophomore Morgan McIntosh, ranked No. 3 at 197, then clinched the dual meet win with a dominating 16-4 major over Hawkeye Sam Brooks, putting Penn State up 20-9. Junior Jimmy Lawson, ranked No. 12 at 285, nearly pulled off the upset of the night with a third period reversal of No. 3 Bobby Telford. But the Hawkeye reversed Lawson as the final seconds wound down and escaped with a 3-2 win, dealing Lawson his first loss of the season, making the dual final at 24-12 Penn State.
Penn State was without No. 7 Andrew Alton at 149 and No. 5 Dylan Alton at 157, both from Central Mountain. The twins are slated for a late December return after off-season surgeries.
125: #3 Nico Megaludis PSU dec. Thomas Gilman IOWA, 4-1; 133: #3 Tony Ramos IOWA pinned #15 Jimmy Gulibon PSU, WBF (5:22); 141: #8 Zain Retherford PSU dec. #9 Josh Dziewa IOWA, 4-2; 149: Zack Beitz PSU dec. Michael Kelly IOWA, 6-1; 157: #1 Derek St. John IOWA dec. James Vollrath PSU , 10-4; 165: #1 David Taylor PSU maj. dec. #4 Nick Moore, 12-3; 174: #3 Matt Brown PSU dec. #6 Mike Evans IOWA, 4-1; 184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU maj. dec. #2 Ethan Lofthouse IOWA, 12-4; 197: #3 Morgan McIntosh PSU maj. dec. Sam Brooks IOWA, 16-4; 285: #3 Bobby Telford IOWA dec. #12 Jimmy Lawson PSU, 3-2;
Records: Penn State 7-0, 1-0 B1G (non-conference dual); Iowa 6-1, 0-0 B1G
Up Next for Penn State: at Southern Scuffle, Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 1-2, 2014