Iowa at Penn State: A look at the matchups

1/22/2012
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125: No. 2 Matt McDonough (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Nico Megaludis (Penn State)
McDonough faces a formidable opponent in true freshman Megaludis, who is 16-4 and ranked No. 8. McDonough is coming off a 5-2 victory over No. 15 Johnni Dijulius of Ohio State, while Megaludis is coming off a pin over Austin Hietpas of Wisconsin.

133: No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa) vs. Frank Martellotti (Penn State)
Ramos, one of the nation's best, will be favored over the sophomore Martellotti, who comes in with a 6-1 season record. Ramos is coming off a 7-0 loss to No. 4 Logan Stieber of Ohio State, while Martellotti is coming off a 14-6 major decision over Shane McQuade of Wisconsin.

141: No. 3 Montell Marion (Iowa) vs. Bryan Pearsall (Penn State)
Marion, a two-time All-American and 2010 NCAA runner-up, is a strong favorite against the unranked Pearsall. Marion is coming off a 4-2 loss to No. 7 Hunter Stieber of Ohio State, while Pearsall is coming off a 4-2 win over Thomas Glenn of Wisconsin.

149: Michael Kelly (Iowa) vs. No. 1 Frank Molinaro (Penn State)
Molinaro, an NCAA runner-up last season, has been perfect this season, compiling a 19-0 record. He will be looking for bonus points against Kelly, a Midlands placewinner. Molinaro is coming off a 12-0 major decision over No. 14 Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin, while Kelly is coming off a 9-4 loss to No. 16 Cam Tessari of Ohio State.

157: No. 2 Derek St. John or Nick Moore (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Dylan Alton (Penn State)
St. John returned to Iowa's lineup on Friday off a knee injury and was underwhelming in a loss. Alton, a freshman, comes in with a 14-4 season mark. St. John is coming off a 7-3 loss to Josh Demas of Ohio State, while Alton is coming off an 11-4 win over Shawn Perry of Wisconsin.

165: No. 6 Mike Evans (Iowa) vs. No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State)
Taylor, arguably the most dominant wrestling in the country, will be looking for bonus points. Evans is putting together a nice freshman campaign. He comes in with an 18-3 record. Taylor is coming off a pin over Alex Yde of Wisconsin, while Evans is coming off a 6-5 loss to Derek Garcia of Ohio State.

174: No. 9 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) vs. No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State)
Ruth has been crushing his competition this season. He is 19-0 with six pins, six technical falls, and three major decisions. Lofthouse recently avenged a loss against Midlands champion Lee Munster of Northwestern. Ruth and Lofthouse met twice last season, with Ruth winning by scores of 10-3 and 3-2. Ruth is coming off a technical fall over Scott Liegel of Wisconsin, while Lofthouse is coming off a 7-1 win over Joe Grandominico of Wisconsin.

184: Vinnie Wagner vs. No. 2 Quentin Wright (Penn State)
Defending NCAA champion Wright brings a 16-2 record and No. 2 ranking into his match against Wagner, a .500 wrestler. Wright is coming off a pin over Timmy McCall of Wisconsin, while Wagner is coming off a 7-4 loss to No. 8 Nick Heflin of Ohio State.

197: Grant Gambrall (Iowa) vs. No. 12 Morgan McIntosh (Penn State)
McIntosh, the nation's No. 1 recruit last season, has been solid in his true freshman season, compiling a record of 12-5. He will face a returning All-American in Gambrall, who moved up a weight class where he is still trying to find his way. McIntosh is coming off a 7-4 win over Jackson Hein, while Gambrall is coming off an 8-6 loss to Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State.

285: No. 12 Bobby Telford or Blake Rasing (Iowa) vs. No. 6 Cameron Wade (Penn State)
This should be a very competitive match regardless of which wrestler Iowa sends out. The sixth-ranked Wade defeated Rasing, 1-0, in last year's dual. Telford started his freshman season with a bang, winning his first 14 matches, but has dropped his last three. Wade is coming off a 6-4 win over Cole Tobin of Wisconsin. Rasing is coming off a 6-2 win over No. 15 Peter Capone of Ohio State, while Telford is coming off a 7-5 loss to No. 17 Mike McMullan of Northwestern.

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