Two Penn State wrestlers made history Sunday with their fourth straight Big Ten Conference wrestling titles, lifting the Nittany Lions to their fourth consecutive conference crown at the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
David Taylor won for the fourth straight time at 165 pounds, and was named the Big Ten’s Wrestler-of-the-Year and the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Taylor is 28-0 this year. Ed Ruth captured his fourth title at 184 pounds, and improved to 29-1.
Three Penn Staters, Nico Megaludis (125 lbs.), Zain Retherford (141 lbs.) and Morgan McIntosh (197 lbs.) all earned runner-up finishes at Wisconsin as the Nittany Lions topped Iowa by 5-and-a-half points for the team championship.
Also at Wisconsin, Penn State coach Cael Sanderson was named Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year for the fourth time.
Taylor, Ruth, Megaludis, Retherford and McIntosh have all qualified for the NCAA Tournament to be hosted by Oklahoma State, as have teammates Jimmy Gulibon (133 lbs.), James English (149 lbs.), Dylan Alton (157 lbs.), Matt Brown (174 lbs.) and Jon Gingrich (285 lbs.).