Penn State Wrestling

Penn State wrestling: Nittany Lions pin Mountaineers

Penn State rolled into West Virginia University’s Coliseum and battered the Mountaineers.

The No. 2 Nittany Lions (2-0) easily beat a banged-up Mountaineers squad that scratched two starters from the lineup shortly before the dual. Penn State won nine of 10 bouts, earning bonus points in eight of those wins in a 44-3 victory.

Nico Megaludis, Dylan Alton, Matt Brown and Quentin Wright secured pins at 125, 157, 174 and 197 pounds, respectively, while James English, Ed Ruth and Jimmy Lawson added major decisions. David Taylor turned in a technical fall at 165 pounds and Bryan Pearsall beat No. 19 Nathan Pennesi 2-0 at 141 pounds for Penn State.

West Virginia got its lone win at 133 pounds when Colin Johnston beat Nate Morgan 6-2.

“I think our guys wrestled pretty well,” Penn State coach Cael Sanderson told the Penn State Radio Network. “They scored a lot of points.”

Penn State, which posted 30 takedowns to West Virginia’s two, notched its highest dual-meet point total since Dec. 18 last season when the Nittany Lions beat Lock Haven 50-0.

Just like he did in that dual against the Bald Eagles, Megaludis, ranked No. 2 at 125 nationally, started the Nittany Lions’ rout with a pin. Megaludis, who picked up five takedowns and worked a late first-period tilt for three more points, finished off Gage Swartz 5:53 into the bout.

“Nico’s a fireball,” Sanderson said. “He’s super consistent. You know he’s going to go out there and he’s going to wrestle hard every time. That’s a perfect starter for you.”

Megaludis was originally slated to face No. 20 Shane Young, but the West Virginia senior was held out of the dual with an unspecified injury. In addition, the Mountaineers bumped every wrestler in their lineup from 147 pounds up a weight due to an injury to regular 174-pounder Bubba Scheffel.

The adjustment had little effect.

After Pearsall beat Pennesi with a second-period escape and a riding time point earned with a strong cross-body ride that lasted the duration of the final period, English went to work against Brutus Scheffel. English’s three takedowns combined with an escape and 1:44 of riding time were good for an 8-0 win, English’s second straight starting in place of Andrew Alton.

The other Alton, Dylan, wasted little time bouncing back from his season-opening loss on Friday. No. 2 Alton shot in for a takedown against fill-in Jason Lustor and caught him chest-to-chest in the process. From there Alton flattened Lustor and got the pin at 2:28

The result of Taylor’s bout against Dominic Prezzia was never in doubt. No. 2 Taylor was on the offensive constantly, racking up eight takedowns and two nearfall points one his way to a 20-5 technical fall in 6:04.

No. 4 Brown pinned Ross Renzi in 4:10 at 174 pounds and No. 1 Ruth continued the Lions’ dominance with an 11-1 major decision over Lance Bryson. Jimmy Lawson got his first win in a Penn State singlet with a 9-0 major decision over Phil Mandzik, shortly after Quentin Wright posted the quickest match of the afternoon.

Wright fastened A.J. Vizcarrondo in a headlock just 20 seconds into their bout at 197 before employing a cement mixer to roll Vizcarrondo onto his shoulders for a fall in just 25 seconds.

“He’s got a lot of tricks and a lot of ways to score points and get pins,” Sanderson said. “You could kind of see him fishing for that right away. ... If he gets somebody in that cement mixer, the match is over.”

Penn State is off until it hosts the Nittany Lion Open tournament on Dec. 2.


McIntosh, Vollrath claim titles

McIntosh went 4-0 with three major decisions and a technical fall at 197 while Vollrath earned a pin and a major decision and a 4-0 record at 157.