While Penn State’s starting lineup is continuing to dominate the competition in Big Ten dual meets, there are other wrestlers on the team that are seeing success on the mat.
A group of eight Nittany Lions traveled to Millersville University on Sunday to compete in the Floyd ‘Shorty’ Hitchcock Invitational. The wrestlers competed as unattached wrestlers in the event.
The group was made up of freshman and sophomores and gave them opportunities to wrestle with their teammates in the middle of the Big Ten schedule.
Nick Ruggerar saw the most success of the weekend making it to the heavyweight semifinals, before losing in a decision to Lehigh’s John Delia. He ended up placing third.
Ruggerar was in the Nittany Lion's starting lineup last year wrestling at 197-pounds as a freshman. This season, he is redshirting, but like his other teammates not in the starting lineup, he is still able to wrestle in events such as this.
All eight Nittany Lions picked up victories in the event.
Here are how the rest of the Nittany Lions fared in the tournament, according to GoPSUSports:
Freshman Michael Waters went 3-2 at 141,
Freshman David Owens was 2-2 at 141,
Freshman Rex Lutz went 2-2 at 165,
Sophomore Andrew Church was 3-2 at 174,
Freshman Scott Syrek went 2-2 at 197.
Freshman Jordan Conaway got a win at 125.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Phillips also picked up a win at 174.