Two former Penn State wrestlers will be a part of the United States’ University World Team after winning their respective weight classes on Sunday.
Nico Megaludis (57 kilogram) and Morgan McIntosh (86 kg) each worked their way onto the team. The pair will compete in Corum, Turkey in late October at the World University Championships.
Megaludis, who is coming of an NCAA championship, took care of American University’s David Terao in a best-of-three finals in two matches. Megaludis tallied a 9-0 victory in the first match and followed with an 11-2 victory for the team spot.
“I’m grateful that I get to compete in the University World Championships,” Megaludis said in an interview with FloWrestling. “I’m very excited to represent USA. Even though this is universities, I’m still excited to represent them at the senior level, so go USA.”
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The pair squared off in March in the 125-pound semifinals of the NCAA tournament with Megaludis controlling the whole match, too. The NCAA tournament was a coming out party of sorts for Terao, who upset the No. 2 seed in the second round and pinned the No. 10 seed to reach the semifinals.
Megaludis opened the day with technical fall victories. He tallied a 10-0 technical fall over Jens Lantz in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he topped Skyler Petry 8-2.
McIntosh had a dominant day scoring four straight technical fall victories en route to his world team spot. He dispatched Iowa’s Sammy Brooks 12-2 and 11-0 in the best-of-three finals. He opened with two 11-0 wins over Canaan Bethea in the quarterfinals and Jack Dechow in the semifinals.
Megaludis and McIntosh weren’t the only wrestlers with ties to the Nittany Lions program competing. Current team members Geno Morelli (80 kg), Jered Cortez (61 kg), George Carpenter (61 kg) and Gary Dinmore (65 kg) competed, too.
Morelli and Cortez each made it to the semifinals of their weight classes before being eliminated.
Morelli was 4-2 and finished sixth. He started with a 3-1 decision, and two technical falls put him in the quarterfinals. In that round, he earned a 6-0 win over Jonathan Viruet before falling to Burke Paddock 15-4.
Cortez was 4-1 on the day and finished fifth. He opened with a technical fall over Terrell Grant and followed that up with two decision wins. He tallied a 15-4 technical fall over Phillip Laux in the quarterfinals and fell to Tyler Graff 5-2.
Carpenter was 3-2 on the day and reached the quarterfinals, where he suffered a 6-2 loss to Mark Grey. Dinmore was 3-2 on the day and fell to the consolation bracket with a third-round loss.
Penns Valley native Corey Hazel also competed in the 86 kg class. He went 2-2 with a pin in his first round match.