The Nittany Lions won four their fourth consecutive team title at the conference championships at Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison Sunday afternoon… two of the program’s top wrestlers, David Taylor and Ed Ruth, concluded their collegiate careers with four Big Ten titles of their own… while Cael Sanderson was named Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year.
Both Taylor and Ruth won respective 165 and 184-pound titles thanks to major-decision victories over University of Iowa rivals, becoming the 12th and 13th four-time Big Ten champs… and the first four-time conference titlewinners in Penn State wrestling history.
In addition, Taylor was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler honor for the first time, and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year for the third time.
This year, the team title race was closer than in the past… with Penn State claiming the top spot with 140.5 points… just five-and-a-half more than second-place Iowa. In fact, going into the finals, just a half-point separated the two teams who each had five wrestlers vying for titles.
The one individual champ for the Hawkeyes was Tony Ramos at 133 pounds.
In third place in the team standings was Minnesota, with 118.5 points, and one titlewinner: Tony Nelson at heavyweight.
Ohio State placed fourth with 86.5 points. The Buckeyes had two champs in Logan Stieber at 141, and Nick Heflin at 197.
Nebraska came in fifth place with 79 points. A pair of Cornhuskers claimed titles: James Green at 157, and Robert Kokesh at 174. Just a half-point behind was Illinois, with 78.5. Jesse Delgado was the lone champ for the Fighting Illini, at 125.
Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis won the 149-pound conference championship.
The Big Ten will have 74 qualifier allocations for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, to be held in Oklahoma City March 20-22.
Match Results – Championship Finals
- 125: Jesse Delgado (Ill.) dec. Nico Megaludis (PSU), 3-2, TB2 (0:15 RT)
- 133: Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. Tyler Graff (Wis.), 2-1
- 141: Logan Stieber (OSU) dec. Zain Retherford (PSU), 7-3
- 149: Jason Tsirtsis (NU) dec. Jake Sueflohn (Neb.), 6-2
- 157: James Green (Neb.) dec. Derek St. John (Iowa), 7-4
- 165: David Taylor (PSU) maj. dec. Nick Moore (Iowa), 14-5
- 174: Robert Kokesh (Neb.) dec. Mike Evans (Iowa), 6-4
- 184: Ed Ruth (PSU) maj. dec. Ethan Lofthouse (Iowa), 10-2
- 197: Nick Heflin (OSU) dec. Morgan McIntosh (PSU), 5-3, SV2
- Hwt: Tony Nelson (Minn.) dec. Adam Chalfant (Ind.), 2-1, TB
Final Team Standings
- Penn State, 140.5 team points
- Iowa, 135.0
- Minnesota, 118.5
- Ohio State, 86.5
- Nebraska, 79.0
- Illinois, 78.5
- Wisconsin, 73.0
- Michigan, 71.5
- Northwestern, 58.0
- Indiana, 37.0
- Purdue, 34.5
- Michigan State, 21.5
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