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Penn State's two-time NCAA champ Ed Ruth suspended for breaking team rules

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Ed Ruth, two-time NCAA wrestling champ for Penn State, has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, head wrestling coach Cael Sanderson announced Wednesday.

The Nittany Lions coach brought up the situation without being asked during a press event.

“Real quick, one thing: Ed Ruth broke team rules yesterday,” Sanderson said. “He will not be wrestling this weekend. I’m not going to comment on that really any more than that, but just so you know. We’re going to figure out what we’re going to do [going forward], but definitely this weekend.”

This means Ruth, a senior, will not be wrestling for Penn State at dual meets vs. Rider and Lehigh.

Ruth competed at the Binghamton Open this past weekend with his team.

Sophomore James Frascella may step in for Ruth, according to Sanderson. Frascella went 3-2 over the weekend at the Binghamton Open before he lost to Ruth in the semifinals.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Ruth is a three-time NCAA All-American and two-time NCAA champ, winning the 174-pound crown at the 2012 NCAAs by beating Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui, 13-4, in the title bout. The following year, Ruth claimed the title at 184 at the 2013 NCAAs with a 12-4 win over Lehigh's Robert Hamlin in the finals. He is also a two-time Big Ten conference champ. This summer, Ruth was named Penn State Male Athlete of the Year.

Ruth had been slated to face Maryland's Jimmy Sheptock in the 184-pound match at the 2013 NWCA All-Star Classic at George Mason University outside Washington, D.C. earlier this month but bowed out one week before the event for undisclosed reasons. Boise State's Jake Swartz stepped into replace Ruth.

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