Penn State Wrestling: Nittany Lions Look for 10th Straight Victory over Lock Haven
With final exams causing an irregular week for the fifth-ranked Penn State wrestling team, the Nittany Lions will look to make their annual match-up with Lock Haven anything but unusual. The team will be looking for its 10th straight victory over the Bald Eagles when it travels Sunday to Thomas Field House.
“Any time we wrestle an in-state school, we want to prove we are the best school in Pennsylvania. But we look at it like every other match,” 149-pounder Frank Molinaro said.
Ed Ruth offer similar sentiments on the match-up with the Bald Eagles, who are off to a 3-2 start keyed by 125-pound PSAC champion Bobby Rehm.
“We don’t really look at matches as rivalries, but just as another match to go out and get a win and help the team,” Ruth said.
Rehm will provide another test for true freshman Nico Megaludis at 125 pounds, as even though he is unranked, he enters Sunday’s dual at 21-7.
“I wrestled a lot of great opponents in high school, and that’s how I feel I got better. And I feel I’ve had that same experience so far in college,” Megaludis said.
Outside of the expected opening match, Penn State should have no problem with the Bald Eagles, as Lock Haven does not have one wrestler ranked by Intermat, and are still undecided on starters at 141 and 184 pounds.
- Morgan McIntosh said it was an injury to his LCL that kept him out of competition in Penn State’s last two dual matches, but since the matches were both decided by the time the 197-pound match rolled around, Head Coach Cael Sanderson and his staff decided to go with Justin Ortega as to not push and risk further injury to McIntosh.
- Sam Sherlock is no longer in a walking boot, but it is unclear if he will wrestle Sunday. Bryan Pearsall has looked strong in both of his last two matches, and it seems that 141 will still be up in the air when the calendar turns.
- The No. 5 ranked Nittany Lions will get some well-deserved time off, and two Nittany Lions in particular are looking forward to it. McIntosh will return for the first time this year to California, and Megaludis said he’s looking forward to his mother’s Greek cooking over the time off.