Penn State wrestling had a lot to be proud of Saturday afternoon after a 52-0 shut out victory over Indiana.
The most notable was unranked Jon Gingrich's victory over eighth-ranked Adam Chalfant to seal the shutout.
For two periods, Gingrich and Chalfant battled, with Chalfant holding on to a 3-1 lead going into the third. After taking Chalfant down twice to regain the lead, Gingrich brought the Rec Hall crowd to its feet one last time as he put Chalfant on his back for a technical fall victory.
"That was a pretty big win for Gingrich," said Lions coach Cael Sanderson. "I hope that gets him over the hump where he gets more excited for big matches."
Gingrich was high on the crowd that packed Rec Hall and was rowdy throughout the match.
"It's pretty awesome, it's something I've never felt before," said Gingrich, "especially at the end of the match when I got my hand raised, I felt like I could run through a brick wall."
Overall, the Nittany Lions got off to a quick start and never looked back, with four technical fall victories to begin the meet. Nico Megaludis, Jordan Conaway, Bryan Pearsall and Andrew Alton all registered pins to give the Lions a 24-0 lead early.
"When you jump out to a 24-0 lead, that's tough to come back from, it's not good for morale," said Sanderson.
The first full match of the day came when Dylan Alton, brother of Andrew, defeated Indiana's Tyler Walsh 11-6 in the 157-pound match to give the Lions a 27-0 lead, before intermission.
"I'm more of a takedown guy, I'm not a pinner like Andrew," said Dylan Alton when asked if he felt any pressure to keep the pin streak going. "I don't feel any pressure, I just go out there and wrestle the way I do and put pressure on the guy and get my takedowns."
After the break, David Taylor followed up the Alton brothers with a 9-0 win over Ryan Le Blanc in the 165-pound bout. Taylor had two takedowns in the victory and extended the Lions lead to 31-0.
"I think David knows where he's at," said Sanderson. "He's just got to wrestle with the energy and the enthusiasm that's gotten him to this point."
Matt Brown added another technical fall in the 174-pound match, going almost three periods with a riding time of 6:40 before defeating the Hoosiers' Cheney Dale.
Ed Ruth then took the floor for the 184-pound match to the usual chant of "Ruuuuth" from the crowd. In a dominating performance, he pinned his opponent Luke Sheridan in the first period to bring the Lions lead to 43-0.
In the 197-pound division, Indiana did not send out a wrestler, so by default the Lions' Quentin Wright took the win, leaving Gingrich in the heavyweight 185-pound match to cap off the day.
The Lions will take on Lock Haven at home next weekend before heading to Chattanooga for a New Years tournament.