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    Scout.com: Lion Lineup Begins to Take Shape

    Unofficially, the White beat the Blue 25-18 Thursday night at Rec Hall, as the two-time defending national champion Penn State wrestling team opened its 2012-13 season with the annual Intrasquad Meet. But score wasn't the result that mattered. Rather, it was the formation of the Nittany Lions' lineup that began to take place inside a one-third full Rec Hall.

    Here is our breakdown of what happened:

    PIN OF THE NIGHT: The one that stands out was 174-pound starter Matt Brown's pin of James Frascella at the 1:49 of the first period. Leading 3-2 after Frascella scored a takedown on the outer edge of the mat, Brown wasted no time after the restart to assert his dominance. Brown used an underhook to throw Frascella's back to the mat, pan-caking the redshirt freshman before locking in a half nelson press to secure the fall. It was the first of two pins of the night.

    SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT: The biggest eye-opener to this scribe came in the opening bout, where 133-pound redshirt freshman Jordan Conaway turned in a 5-1 victory over junior Frank Martelloti. Head coach Cael Sanderson said Conaway would start the season at 133 pounds after the match, and he wrestled like a starter from the beginning. Conaway converted a pair of single-leg takedowns (with an escape) into a 5-0 lead, looking strong on scrambles and counters when Martelloti shot in. He should fit in nicely in the lower weights' of Sanderson's line-up.

    FIT TO BE TIED: Redshirt sophomore Jimmy Lawson may have bested classmate Jon Gingrich 3-2 Thursday night in the duals' final bout at heavyweight. But it didn't give him the starting nod just yet. Sanderson confirmed after the match that Gingrich and Lawson are now 1-1 against each other, and a wrestle-off this weekend or early next week will decide who will start at 285 pounds when Penn State opens ITS dual season with Lehigh Nov. 16. Gingrich won the first match between the two 2-1 inside the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex during practice, with a clasped-hands call on Lawson leading to the margin of victory.

    FROM THE STANDS: Returning starters Nico Megaludis (125), Dylan Alton (157), David Taylor (165) and Quentin Wright (197) all sat out of the action Thursday night with the NWCA All-Star classic on tap Saturday at American University. Taylor will headline the card when he squares off with fellow 165-pounder Kyle Dake from Cornell in the duos' first folkstyle match since grade school. The match has a unique feeling to Taylor, who will be an underdog against the pre-eason top-ranked Dake. “A lot of people think I'm going to lose, which is weird to me cause it's not something I'm used to feeling. I feel like this is my weight class, and I want to go out and prove it this weekend.” Both wrestlers were undefeated national champs last season -- Taylor at 165 and Dake at 157. Taylor is 70-1 in two seasons; Dake is 100-4 in three seasons.

    YOUNG BLOOD: True freshman Jimmy Gulibon waste no time impressing the Rec Hall crowd in his first match as a Nittany Lion, scoring a 13-5 major decision over Cameron Kelly at 135 pounds. Gulibon posted five takedowns and a reversal while racking up 3:31 in riding time to open the gap on Kelly. Gulibon will redshirt this season if all goes according to plan, but the brief display Thursday night should have Penn State wrestling fans plenty excited.

    RUTH IS RUTHLESS: Ed Ruth (184) is a big guy now by his own account, but he's always been big time for Penn State, and he showed why again Thursday night. Wrestling a gritty but clearly overmatched true freshman in Wes Phipps, Ruth scored three takedowns and racked up three points with a near fall tilt to coast to a 21-4 technical fall at the 5:59 mark of the third period.

    ALTON HEALING: 149-pound redshirt sophomore Andrew Alton didn't wrestle Thursday night due to injury, but Sanderson expects him to be ready to go soon. “If it would have been the national championship, he could have wrestled,” Sanderson said. “He's about a week away or so. It's hard to tell.”

    UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN: Penn State opens its dual slate 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 , when Lehigh invades Rec Hall for a non-conference affair.

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    Ruth, Brown impressive in intrasquad meet | Sports | CentreDaily.com

    Before he even stepped on the mat, reigning NCAA 174-pound champion Ed Ruth was greeted by a familiar chorus inside Rec Hall.“Ruuuth!”
    He’s back. Bigger, better and still smiling.

    Top-ranked Ruth, now wrestling at 184 pounds for the two-time defending champion Nittany Lions, put on a clinic against true freshman Wes Phipps at the team’s intrasquad dual on Thursday. Phipps, making his Rec Hall debut, tried to turn an early single-leg shot into a stunning lead but instead only tripped Ruth up.

    Ruth recovered quickly, flashed a smile and nod of approval toward his younger opponent then went on an offensive tear, notching three takedowns, a reversal and six nearfall points in a 22-4 technical fall win to help lead the White team over Blue, 25-18, on a night where returning All-Americans Nico Megaludis, Dylan Alton, David Taylor and Quentin Wright were held out of action as they prepare for Saturday’s NWCA All-Star Classic.

    “I’ve been waiting for that all summer,” Ruth said. “It feels good to just come back, getting back to the whole crowd and everything.”
    Sophomore Andrew Alton was also held out and will miss at least a week Cael Sanderson said after suffering an ankle injury in an early practice.

    “I think our guys wrestled well,” Sanderson said. “Technically speaking, they’re doing a lot of good things out there. To have four guys, four All-Americans out of your lineup and still have an entertaining match, I think that’s a pretty good thing.”

    The Blue squad built an early lead with decisions from Jordan Conaway and Nate Morgan, both at 133 pounds, and decisions from returning 141-pound starter Bryan Pearsall and reserve Derek Reber, who also wrestled at 141.

    Conaway, a redshirt freshman who won a PIAA title at New Oxford High School, used an early takedown, a second-period escape and another takedown to beat Martellotti, who made the most starts at 133 last season, 5-1.

    Afterward, Sanderson said Conaway will start at 133 and hinted that Pearsall, now in his senior season, was the favorite to lock down the 141-pound spot. Pearsall beat freshman Zack Beitz 4-2.

    “Pearsall knows how to win matches and win in the third period,” Sanderson said.

    Senior James English handed sophomore Seth Beitz a 5-1 loss at 149 to cut Blue’s lead to 12-10. Afterward, sophomore and No. 5 Matt Brown stepped onto the mat to a loud ovation.

    Brown, who was used at multiple weights to great effect last season, gave Blue it’s final win of the night when he pinned redshirt freshman James Frascella at 174 pounds. Frascella provoked Brown’s aggressive style with a takedown of his own on the edge of the mat midway through the first period. Brown responded by dragging Frascella to the mat and pinning him seconds later.

    “I don’t think I’m approaching it any differently,” Brown said of his expanding role as a starter. “I’m more excited because I know I’ll be wrestling on a regular basis.”

    Freshman Jimmy Gulibon earned the night’s first bonus points when he majored Cameron Kelly 13-5 in the evening’s second bout at 133.
    “It was pretty exciting, but I was pretty nervous coming into the very start of the match,” Gulibon, a highly coveted recruit out of Derry Area High, said. “As the match progressed I felt a lot better, I was feeling pretty good and it was pretty sweet.”

    Gulibon, who will redshirt Sanderson said, joined sophomore transfer Jimmy Lawson who also made his highly anticipated Rec Hall debut.
    Lawson, who spent last fall playing defensive tackle for the Monmouth football team and is a three-time New Jersey state wrestling champion, edged sophomore Jon Gingrich 3-2 in the night’s final bout at heavyweight. Gingrich couldn’t finish a double-leg shot as time expired and Lawson held on to push their head-to-head record to 1-1.

    Gingrich won an earlier wrestle-off on a clinched hands call in practice.

    “I think they went after it a lot more today, which is what we want to see,” Sanderson said. “They both had chances to win. They both got in on nice shots.”

    Andrew Church, wrestling in a white singlet, beat Brandon Phillips 4-0 at 174 pounds while Morgan McIntosh added another bonus-point win for White with a 20-8 major decision over Scott Syrek. McIntosh will also redshirt this season.


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    Prediction:

    125 – #2 Nico Megaludis MD Alex Abreu (LU) PSU 4-0
    133 – Laike Gardner (LU) dec Jordan Conaway PSU 4-3

    141 – Anthony Salupo (LU) dec Bryan Pearsall LU 6-4

    149 – #10 A. Alton dec #19 Shane Welsh (LU) PSU 7-6

    157 – #2 Dylan Alton dec Joey Napoli (LU) PSU 10-6

    165 – #2 David Taylor TF Eric Hess (LU) PSU 15-6

    174 – #8 Matt Brown dec #16 Nathaniel Brown (LU) PSU 18-6

    184 – #2 Ed Ruth dec #3 Robert Hamlin (LU) PSU 21-6 clinches it

    197 – #3 Quentin Wright FALL John Bolich (LU) PSU 27-6

    285 – Gingrich/Lawson dec Jack Delia (LU) PSU 30-6

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    Love the hat (I grew up just outside of Boston).
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    It actually might be a Brooklyn Dodger hat Spider....

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    Thomas Haines JR 215 pounder from PA has reportedly given a verbal commitment to PSU!

    http://www.intermatwrestle.com/articles/10754

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    Does anyone know how tall Haines is? Watching PIAAs, I thought he was tall-ish, maybe around 6 or 6-1. On Flo, he looks shorter, and someone compared him to McIntosh's build, which is definitely not 'tall-ish'.

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