With six seniors being honored on senior day, it was a sophomore that started Penn State's dominating performance by its lower weights against Rider Sunday afternoon. The Lions lead 23-0.
No. 2 Nico Megaludis faced off against Patrick Skinner at 125 pounds to start the dual. Skinner, who was 1-19 on the season entering the dual, was no match for the Penn State sophomore and was pinned in 3:48 to give the Lions a 6-0 start.
No. 14 Jordan Conaway, returning to Rec Hall for the first time since being nationally ranked, earned the Lions more bonus points with his 19-5 major decision victory over Mike Shupin at 133 pounds. Shupin fought on his back the last 30 seconds of the dual to prevent a technical fall victory by Conaway.
Senior Bryan Pearsall capped off his career at Rec Hall with a pin over Rob Cigna in 2:06 to push the Lions lead to 16-0.
At 141 pounds, No. 12 Andrew Alton continued the roll of bonus points by earning his team four points in a 12-4 major victory over Curt Delia.
No. 5 Dylan Alton capped off Penn State's perfect first half with a 5-2 decision over Zac Cibula at 149 pounds.
David Taylor will start off the second half at 165 pounds with Penn State up 23-0.