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  • Nittany Lion Wrestlers Shut Out #8 Illinois 37-0 in Big Ten Road Dual
    Ruth and Megaludis lead charge as Lions post third Big Ten dual shut-out

    Feb. 3, 2013

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team rebounded from having a 20-dual win streak snapped at Iowa on Friday by posting a Big Ten road dual shut-out. Penn State won all ten bouts in blanking No. 8 Illinois 37-0 in Champaign, its third Big Ten dual shut-out of the year.

    Sophomore All-American Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.), ranked No. 2 at 125, pinned No. 5 Jesse Delgado to get Penn State off to a fast start. The Lion used a third period scramble to get the fall at the 6:45 mark. Red-shirt freshman Jordan Conaway (Abbottstown, Pa.) picked up yet another win over a top-ten opponent, rolling to a convincing 8-6 victory over No. 8 Daryl Thomas at 133. Senior Bryan Pearsall (Lititz, Pa.) then posted a 2-0 win over Steven Gonzales at 141 and the Nittany Lions led 12-0 early.

    Sophomore Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 8 at 149, then posted a 6-3 win over Caleb Ervin. Brother Dylan Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 5 at 157, then blistered Illini Matt Nora with four third period takedowns to roll to a 14-6 major decision, putting the Nittany Lions up 19-0 at the midway point.

    All-American David Taylor (St. Paris, Ohio), ranked No. 2 at 165, then posted a strong 14-7 win over No. 8 Conrad Polz to keep the Lion hopes of a road shut-out going. Sophomore Matt Brown (West Valley City, Utah), ranked No. 4 at 174, posted a 6-4 win over No. 8 Jordan Blanton at 174. All-American Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.), ranked No. 1 at 184, remained undefeated with a blistering pin of No. 20 Tony Dallago, getting the fall less than a minute into the bout with a cradle at the 0:47 mark.

    Senior All-American Quentin Wright (Wingate, Pa.), ranked No. 3 at 197, also stayed unbeaten, posting a tough 4-2 win over No. 13 Mario Gonzalez to put Penn State up 34-0 heading into the final bout. At 285, sophomore Jimmy Lawson (Tom's River, N.J.) secured the road shutout with a strong 9-4 win over Chris Lopez, posting the final dual score at 37-0.

    The Nittany Lions improve to 9-1 on the year, 6-1 in the Big Ten. Illinois falls to 6-4, 2-4 in Big Ten action. Penn State, in addition to winning all ten bouts, tallied seven bonus points off Ruth and Megaludis' pin and Dylan Alton's major. Penn State also won the takedown battle 20-4. The shut out is Penn State's third in Big Ten action this year and its first road shut out of a Big Ten foe since blanking Wisconsin 43-0 in Madison last year on Jan. 15, 2012. The victory is Penn State's first ever at Illinois.

    Penn State continues its four-dual road trip at Pittsburgh on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. The Lions then visit Ohio State on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. Penn State's only remaining dual meet is Sunday, Feb. 17, when Rider visits Rec Hall. The dual is sold out but a limited number of SRO tickets may be available. For availability, fans can call 1-800-NITTANY or visit the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office windows from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at and on Penn State Wrestling's facebook page at The 2012-13 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.

    #1 Penn State 37, #8 Illinois 0
    February 3, 2013 - Champaign, Ill.

    125: #2 Nico Megaludis PSU pinned #5 Jesse Delgado ILL, WBF (6:45) 6-0
    133: Jordan Conaway PSU dec. #8 Daryl Thomas ILL, 8-6 9-0
    141: Bryan Pearsall PSU dec. Steven Rodgrigues ILL, 2-0 12-0
    149: #8 Andrew Alton PSU dec. Caleb Ervin ILL, 6-3 15-0
    157: #6 Dylan Alton PSU maj. dec. Matt Nora ILL, 14-6 19-0
    165: #2 David Taylor PSU dec. #8 Conrad Polz ILL, 14-7 22-0
    174: #4 Matt Brown PSU dec. #8 Jordan Blanton ILL, 6-4 25-0
    184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU pinned #20 Tony Dallago ILL, WBF (0:47) 31-0
    197: #3 Quentin Wright PSU dec. #13 Mario Gonzalez ILL, 4-2 34-0
    285: Jimmy Lawson PSU dec. Chris Lopez ILL, 9-4 37-0
    Attendance: 1,247
    Records: Penn State 9-1, 6-1 Big Ten; Illinois 6-4, 2-4 Big Ten
    Up Next for Penn State: At #16 Pittsburgh, Friday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.

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  • Good to see the boys regroup in dominating fashion.

  • It's frustrating to think how close some of those Iowa matches were. Any one of them goes the other way and we win that meet. It's nice to see the boys come back with a vengeance.

  • Thanks for posting this Sean!

    Illinois is actually a pretty good team and will continue to get better. Brooks Black is committed there and he has legit potential to be a national champion.

    Brooks is from Dover, PA and currently attends Blair Academy.

    Some nice bounce back wins for our guys.

    If winning was easy even losers would do it.

  • Hard to fathom that this was our first ever win at Illinois... wow.
    Hope the Alton brothers stay on track and out of the dog house. Dylan was seconds from a huge win at Iowa, and it's good to see Andrew strong in the third. Stamina's always seemed an issue for him.

    "We want the warriors"

  • What's going to happen with Jordan Conaway, it seems he has really emerged as a top 15 wrestler. With Gulibon and Reatherford coming up, it seems he is really going to get lost in the shuffle. Hope he doesn't transfer, because I don't see him wrestling much over the next three years.

  • Retherford shouldn't be a factor with Jordan, he's likely to begin his career at 141.