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Taylor, Ruth pins help win over Clarion in their last Penn State home dual

Penn State seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor pin their Clarion opponents in their last home appearance Sunday
Penn State seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor pin their Clarion opponents in their last home appearance Sunday

What better way to put an exclamation mark on your college wrestling career in your home gym than by putting your opponents’ shoulders to the mat.

That’s exactly what Penn State seniors David Taylor and Ed Ruth did, winning their last matches in a sold-out Rec Hall by pin for the Nittany Lions’ Senior Day dual meet with Clarion Sunday.

Penn State won the dual, 43-3.

Taylor, the nation’s top-ranked 165-pounder, and Ruth, ranked No. 2 at 184, were among four upper-weight Nittany Lions who put together a string of four consecutive falls vs. their Clarion opponents. The two stellar seniors – both NCAA champs – were joined in the PSU pin parade by Matt Brown at 174, and Morgan McIntosh at 197.

Taylor’s fall was one for the record books. The product of St. Paris, Ohio pinned Clarion’s Michael Pavasko in just eleven seconds, the second-fastest fall in more than a century of Penn State wrestling.

The Nittany Lions put additional bonus points on the board with back-to-back technical falls from Nico Megaludis and Jimmy Gulibon at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively.

The lone winner for Clarion was heavyweight Evan Daley, who edged Jimmy Lawson, 7-6, to help the visitors avoid a complete shutout.

Taylor and Ruth are both among the most accomplished wrestlers to ever wear the blue and white. Together, the two seniors have a combined 251-6 overall record, six All-American honors, and three NCAA titles between them.

In interviews with Jeremy Fallis for a feature article for the official Penn State wrestling website a couple days before the Clarion dual, Taylor and Ruth talked about what it was like to have the other as a teammate.

"There's definitely a little bit of a competition factor," according to Taylor. "If Ed gets a pin then I want to get a pin and that's really driven us and our careers. Still, I've never seen anyone do the things that Ed can do."

Ruth returned the compliment, saying, "He's a technical beast. He's somebody that knows his way around every position and as soon as I walk out (to watch him) the other guy is already on his back or down by 10 points."

In reflecting on wrapping up a successful college career in front of the home crowd, Taylor said, “There's a little bit of mixed emotions. It's hard to put into words how much time you put into this sport and how much it meant to do it in front of the fans at Rec Hall. To think that (Sunday's dual) is the last one is hard to put words to."

Match Results

  • 125: No. 2 Nico Megaludis (PSU) tech fall Hunter Jones (CU), 21-5 (TF; 5:00)
  • 133: No. 15 Jimmy Gulibon (PSU) tech fall Victor Lepari (CU), 16-0 (TF; 3:00)
  • 141: No. 2 Zain Retherford (PSU) dec. Tyler Bedelyon (CU), 8-4
  • 149: James English (PSU) dec. Justin Arthur (CU), 7-2
  • 157: No. 6 Dylan Alton (PSU) dec. Austin Matthews (CU), 12-6
  • 165: No. 1 David Taylor (PSU) pinned Michael Pavasko (CU), 0:11
  • 174: No. 4 Matt Brown (PSU) pinned Ryan Darch (CU), 2:50
  • 184: No. 2 Ed Ruth (PSU) pinned Dustin Conti (CU), 1:05
  • 197: No. 3 Morgan McIntosh (PSU) pinned Danny Sutherland (CU) 3:11
  • Hwt: Evan Daley (CU) dec. No. 12 Jimmy Lawson (PSU), 7-6

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