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December 4, 2013

Local sports in brief 12/05/2013

STATE COLLEGE — WRESTLING

Intermat ranks 10 Nittany Lions


STATE COLLEGE – The Penn State wrestling team continues to hold serve with a third straight week of having all 10 wrestlers ranked at their respective weight classes in the latest Intermat rankings.

Penn State is ranked No. 2 in the latest Intermat Tournament Power Index (TPI), slipping behind new No. 1 Iowa for the first time this season. The TPI ranks a team’s potential tournament strength based on Intermat’s individual rankings, not dual meet strength.

Junior All-American Nico Megaludis holds the No. 3 spot at 125 with a 7-1 mark while redshirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon is No. 11 at 133 with a 4-3 mark. True freshman Zain Retherford is No. 11 at 141 with an 8-0 mark. Junior Andrew Alton is No. 9 at 149 and twin brother Dylan Alton is No. 5 at 157. The brothers are expected to return mid-December after off-season surgeries.

Senior All-American David Taylor is No. 1 at 165 with an 8-0 mark while junior All-American Matt Brown is No. 3 at 174 with an identical 8-0 mark. Senior All-American Ed Ruth is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 at 184 while sophomore Morgan McIntosh is No. 4 at 197 with an 8-0 record. Junior Jimmy Lawson rounds out Penn State’s 10 ranked grapplers, ranked No. 10 at 285 with a 7-0 mark.

BASKETBALL

IUP up to No. 7 in coaches’ poll


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The unbeaten IUP men’s basketball team again moved up in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll, jumping up three spots to No. 7.

Finishing the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record in the annual Indiana Regional Medical Center Classic, the Crimson Hawks improved to a PSAC West leading 6-0 (2-0).

They defeated Shaw on Saturday 74-57 and moved on to beat the University of the Sciences on Sunday 72-59.

West Liberty earned 12 first place votes to climb to the top spot, followed by Bellarmine, Drury, Florida Southern, Western Washington and Metropolitan State to round out the top six. With 289 points, the Crimson Hawks are 32 points behind one-loss Metropolitan State.

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