Penn State Number One in Preseason Intermat Poll; Nine Individuals Ranked

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Penn State Nittany Lions are back in an all-too familiar spot – No. 1 in the nation.

Cael Sanderson and crew occupy the top spot in the Intermat Preseason Wrestling Poll. The rankings highlight a team’s potential tournament strength based on Intermat’s individual rankings, not dual meet strength, show Penn State with 100.5 points. The Lions are looking to capture their fourth consecutive national title.

Iowa is second, followed by Minnesota, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Rounding out the top 10 are Oregon State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Wisconsin and Edinboro.

Individually, Penn State has nine ranked in their respective weight classes. Leading the way are seniors David Taylor and Ed Ruth, No. 1 at 165 and 184.

Taylor is a two-time NCAA runnerup and a 2012 national champion, while Ruth is riding a 68-match win streak and looking for his third consecutive national championship. Ruth has a chance to become the first three-time national champ in Penn State history (Andy Matter in 1971-72; Jeff Prescott in 1991-92, and Kerry McCoy in 1994 and 1997, each won two).

Taylor, looking to become the first four-time finalist in school history, comes into the season with a career mark of 100-3, while Ruth sports a 102-2 record.

Others wrestlers ranked for the Nittany Lions include: Nico Megaludis (No. 2) at 125; Matt Brown (No. 3) at 174; Morgan McIntosh (No. 4) at 197; Dylan Alton (No. 6) at 157; Andrew Alton (No. 8) at 149; Jimmy Lawson (No. 10) at heavyweight, and Jimmy Gulibon (No. 11) at 133.

Megaludis is a two-time NCAA runnerup, while Brown also took second last season. Gulibon is a four-time PIAA champion who redshirted as a freshman last season. McIntosh is a sophomore coming off a redshirt year as well. He takes over for two-time national champion Quentin Wright.

Other individual wrestlers ranked at the top are Jesse Delgado (Illinois) at 125; Tony Ramos (Iowa) at 133; Logan Steiber (Ohio State) at 141; Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) at 149; Derek St. John (Iowa) at 157; Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) at 174; Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) at 197, and Tony Nelson (Minnesota) at heavyweight.


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