Penn State Wrestling

Penn State wrestling: Nittany Lions earn InterMat’s top ranks

Penn State lost its No. 1 ranking last season.

However, it was a rank the Nittany Lions picked back up when InterMat released its preseason tournament and dual match rankings Tuesday.

Iowa (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4) and defending national champion Ohio State (No. 5) shows the Big Ten will be tough to win this year. Oklahoma State at No. 2 rounds out the top 5 of the tournament rankings. The top four spots in the dual match rankings are the same, and Lehigh is ranked No. 5.

Penn State also is ranked No. 1 in FloWrestling’s rankings, which were released early last month.

Senior Morgan McIntosh is the highest ranked Nittany Lion as he earned top spot at 197 pounds.

Nico Megaludis and Zain Retherford, both of which redshirted last season, are ranked No. 2 at 125- and 149-pounds, respectively. Megaludis sits behind the Buckeyes’ Nathan Tomasello while Retherford is behind Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis.

Jimmy Gulibon is the last Penn State wrestler to be in the top three of his weight class. Gulibon checks in at No. 3 at 141 pounds behind North Carolina’s Evan Henderson and Oklahoma State’s Dean Heil.

Returning starters Jordan Conaway (No. 8, 133), Matt McCutcheon (No. 13, 184) and Garrett Hammond (No. 14, 165) represent the Nittany Lions at their weight classes.

Three redshirt freshmen will start their seasons ranked. The highest of them is Jason Nolf at 157 pounds. Nolf will start the year seventh after putting together a 15-1 record in his redshirt year.

Nick Nevills at heavyweight will start at No. 10 in a weight class that is upperclassmen heavy with the likes of Michigan’s Adam Coon (No. 2), North Carolina State’s Nick Gwiazdowski (No. 1) and Oklahoma State’s Austin Marsden (No. 5).

Bo Nickal will start his campaign at No. 14 at 174 pounds. Nickal went 13-2 in his redshirt year and will have to chase down Bo Jordan from Ohio State who is ranked No. 1 at the weight.