I'll gladly eat my words if I am proven wrong.
#1 Penn State 48, Rider 0
February 17, 2013 - University Park, Pa. - Rec Hall
125: #2 Nico Megaludis PSU pinned Patrick Skinner RID, WBF (3:48) 6-0
133: #14 Jordan Conaway PSU maj. dec. Mike Shupin RID, 19-5 10-0
141: Bryan Pearsall PSU pinned Rob Cigna RID, WBF (2:01) 16-0
149: #12 Andrew Alton PSU maj. dec. Curt Delia RID, 12-4 20-0
157: #5 Dylan Alton PSU dec. Zac Cibula RID, 5-2 23-0
165: #2 David Taylor PSU pinned #20 Ramon Santiago RID, WBF (3:48) 29-0
174: #7 Matt Brown PSU pinned James Brundage RID, WBF (4:06) 35-0
184: #1 Ed Ruth PSU pinned Ryan Wolfe RID, WBF (2:38) 41-0
197: #2 Quentin Wright PSU maj. dec. Donald McNeil RID, 12-4 45-0
285: #12 Jimmy Lawson PSU dec. Greg Velasco RID, 3-0 48-0
Records: Penn State 12-1, 7-1 Big Ten; Rider 10-7
Up Next for Penn State: at Rutgers, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
Penn St won the takedown battle 30-1. Guess who gave up the takedown?
DT!! DT and ER have given up several TD's apiece this year. It just seems to spur them on.
Anyone have the inside info on why Lawson is starting over Gingrich? Did they wrestle off again?
I don't have any inside info whatsoever. Just from reading various articles and listening to interviews, it seems that the coaching staff believes Lawson has a higher ceiling. He certainly has shown more aggresion than Gingrich in recent duals.
I'm not an insider, so I also only go on what I read. But from what I have read of Cael's commments in the past, Cael isn't being unfair. He has said all along that wrestle-offs weren't the only factor. When JG won the wrestleoff a while back, Cael said that the position was his, "for now". He has always maintained that starting decisions are affected, to be sure, by wrestle-offs, but that they're not the ONLY factor. I can speculate from what's been said/written as to what the reasons might be for the switch, but I don't think Cael is being unfair in switching if he thinks that other significant factors have come into play. It would seem that the Iowa match was a significant factor, but haven't seen that in print by the coaches.