Four Penn State All-Americans took part in exhibition matches at the U.S. Marine Corp All-Star Classic held at American University on Saturday night. Nico Megaludis, Dylan Alton, David Taylor and Quentin Wright are all ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in their weight classes and ended up splitting the four matches.
No. 2-ranked Megaludis faced No. 3 Jesse Delgado of Illinois in the 125-pound bout. Delgado took a 2-0 lead early in the match before Megaludis picked up a point with an escape. The two traded escapes throughout the rest of the match before Megaludis registered a takedown of Delgado with six seconds left to win the bout, 4-3.
Next up, Alton -- ranked second at 157 pounds -- took on Northwestern's Jesse Welch. The first period went scoreless with Alton on the attack as he attempted to land shots on Welch. The sophomore controlled the pace of the match all throughout, landing enough shots on Welch to take a 3-1 lead. Alton won 3-2 after Welch picked up a late escape.
No. 2-ranked Taylor started out the defense of his title at 165 as he was matched up against No. 1 Kyle Dake of Cornell. An even battle led the match to go to sudden victory tied at one. In the sudden victory period, Dake took a 2-1 lead on an escape. Taylor could not register the takedown and lost, 2-1.
Wright made his debut at 197 pounds in the final match of the night. The senior is a three time All-American and is ranked No. 2 in his new weight class. Wright was matched up against No. 3 Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh. Wright was caught looking for an early pin and Wilps registered a takedown to take a 2-0 lead. The first period ended with the each wrestler picking up back points. With Wilps leading 6-5 entering the second period, Wright escaped to tie the match at six. With Wilps leading 11-9 in the third, Wright looked to tie the match with a shoulder throw but Wilps pinned the senior to take the match.
Penn State opens the season on Nov. 16 against Lehigh.