PSU’s Ruth makes world team

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team was well-represented at the 2014 U.S. World Team Trials last weekend in Madison, Wis., with national champion Ed Ruth and reigning Olympic gold medalist Jake Varner claiming titles.

The duo will represent the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club at the 2014 FILA World Championships this September in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Penn State grad David Taylor lost twice to Jordan Burroughs in the finals.

Ruth entered the challenge bracket as the No. 2 seed at 86 kg but rolled to a 3-0 record, including a 7-3 win over top seed Clayton Foster in the challenge finals. The victory sent Ruth into the championship finals, best two-of-three match-up, with Keith Gavin. Ruth dropped the first match, 7-5, but roared for a fall over Gavin in the second bout, setting up a winner-take-all final match-up. Ruth fell behind 4-0 early to Gavin but rallied for a thrilling 11-7 victory to earn the 2014 U.S. National Championship at 86 kg and punch his ticket to the World Championships.