Gophers pull off upset of No. 1 Lions

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Top-ranked Penn State was upset, 18-17, by No. 3 Minnesota in the Big Ten dual finale for both teams Sunday.

Sophomore Morgan McIntosh took down previously unbeaten and top-ranked Scott Schiller at 197 in the dual’s marquee matchup as each team won five bouts with the Gophers winning the dual on bonus points.

All-American Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 at 125, opened up the dual with a dominating 19-5 major decision over Jordan Kingsley. Minnesota got on the board next when No. 8 David Thorn posted a hard-fought 2-0 win over No. 16 Jimmy Gulibon, cutting Penn State’s lead to 4-3. True freshman Zain Retherford, ranked No. 2 nationally, stayed unbeaten by dominating No. 6 Chris Dardanes 4-0 with 2:35 in riding time.

At 149, Zack Beitz nearly upset No. 3 Nick Dardanes, dropping a thrilling 6-4 (SV2) decision. Beitz got called for a contested fleeing call that was upheld upon review in the third period, sending the bout into extra time. Dardanes connected on a takedown with just :04 left in the second sudden victory period to grab the win. Minnesota took the lead at the break when No. 8 Dylan Ness of Minnesota pinned No. 4 Dylan Alton at the 5:57 mark, giving the Gophers a 12-7 lead at the break.

Top-ranked David Taylor dominated Danny Zilverberg for a 13-3 major to pull Penn State to within one point, 12-11. Minnesota, however, picked up an upset win at 174 when No. 6 Logan Storley downed No. 3 Matt Brown, 8-4. All-American Ed Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 184, beat No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus 7-1 to bring Penn State back to within a point, 15-14.

McIntosh then dominated previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Schiller at 197, notching three takedowns and a reversal to roll to an 8-4 win, putting Penn State up 17-15 with one bout remaining. Junior Jon Gingrich battled No. 5 Tony Nelson tough but the defending national champion posted the 5-0 win and sent Penn State to its first dual meet loss of the year, 18-17.

The Nittany Lions’ 7-1 dual meet record gives Penn State a share of its second Big Ten dual title in the last three years, sharing the crown with at least two other teams. The seven wins also ties a Penn State record for Big Ten dual wins in a season. Penn State owned a slim 12-8 edge in the takedown battle as well. The five-five dual meet split was broken as Minnesota got three bonus points to Penn State’s two.

Taylor stayed unbeaten with a 24-0 mark, including 11 pins, seven tech falls and six majors. He is 124-3 for his career, seventh all-time at Penn State. He closed out his Big Ten dual meet career unbeaten, going 32-0 over four seasons. He is currently 53-0 all-time against Big Ten competition. Ruth moved to 23-1 on the season with eight pins, eight tech falls and six majors. He is 125-3 all-time, tied for fifth on Penn State’s all-time wins list. Ruth also finished his Big Ten career unbeaten in dual meets, going 32-0 over four seasons. He is 54-0 all-time against Big Ten competition.

Megaludis improved to 21-2 on the year with one pin, four tech falls and nine majors. Retherford remained unbeaten on the year with a 24-0 mark, including four pins, two tech falls and seven majors. McIntosh improved to 23-2 on the year with four pins and ten majors..

125-Nico Megaludis, PSU, major dec. Jordan Kingsley, 19-5. 133-David Thorn, M, dec. Jimmy Gulibon, 2-0. 141-Zain Retherford, PSU, dec. Chris Dardanes, 4-0. 149-Nick Dardanes, M, dec. Zack Beitz, 6-4 (SV2). 157-Dylan Ness, M, pinned Dylan Alton, 5:57. 165-David Taylor, PSU, major dec. Danny Zilverberg, 13-3. 174-Logan Storley, M, dec. Matt Brown, 8-4. 184-Ed Ruth, PSU, dec. Kevin Steinhaus, 7-1. 197-Morgan McIntosh, PSU, dec.Scott Schiller, 8-4. 285-Tony Nelson, M, dec. Jon Gingrich, 6-0.

Attendance: 5,603

Records: Penn State (13-1, 7-1 Big Ten); Minnesota (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten).