Sophomore Nico Megaludis takes down Lock Haven's Bobby Rehm on Dec. 15, 2012 at Rec Hall. Megaludis pinned Rehm at the 4:10 mark. The Nittany Lions went on to beat the Bald Eagles 42 to 3.
Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 am
In the first bout in Penn State’s dual against Oklahoma State, Megaludis earned a comeback win from four points.
Friday, March 16, 2012 12:00 am
ST. LOUIS — The face of Nico Megaludis says a lot about what two days of tough wrestling can do to a body.
Friday night, Megaludis sported multiple bruises, cuts and scrapes, along with a swollen lip. But the true freshman couldn’t help but smile. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
After wrestling Friday, Megaludis moved to 4-0 in the NCAA tournament, and the freshman secured a spot in Saturday’s 125-pound final. Based on the seeds in his bracket, the last three wins for Megaludis were all upsets.
Junior Nico Megaludis gets low to fend off Oklahoma sophomore Eddie Klimara during Sunday's match. Penn State won the match over Oklahoma 23-12
Nico Megaludis, 125 lbs, gets a takedown on Camden Eppert during Penn States dual against Purdue at Rec Hall on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Megaludis won by major decision, and Penn State won the dual 34-3.
Teammates surround Nico Megaludis during Penn States match against Lock Haven on Dec. 15, 2012 at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions went on to beat the Bald Eagles 42 to 3.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 am
Sometimes a wrestler’s biggest critic is himself.
Even after wins, wrestlers look to improve on their technique and try to learn from any mistakes they make in a match.
This concept has become familiar to Nico Megaludis, who is always looking to get better, and his competitive nature drives him to become a better wrestler.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:00 am
Much like a leadoff hitter is responsible for kick starting a baseball lineup, the 125-weight class representative leads off dual meets for wrestling.
Penn State has one of the best in college wrestling today.
Sophomore Nico Megaludis, ranked No. 2 to Iowa’s Matt McDonoughby intermatwrestle.com, took the wrestling world by storm last year, finishing second to McDonough at the NCAA Championships as a true freshman. This year, Megaludis has picked up where he left off and currently owns a 13-1 record in his second campaign.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00 am
Junior Nico Megaludis is set wrestle reigning NCAA champion Jesse Delgado when the Nittany Lions host No.11 Illinois on Friday night. In last year’s 125-pound final, Delgado defeated Megaludis 7-4.
Monday, January 27, 2014 12:00 am
The All-American avenged a loss to Jesse Delgado in last year’s NCAA title match with a 5-4 decision on Friday night at Rec Hall.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am
Last year, Nico Megaludis had a Cinderella run during his own March tournament.
But the success he had — finishing second in the nation — was not enough, and the sophomore is eyeing first place again as he prepares for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Considering he was a true freshman, Megaludis had quite the postseason last year.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 am
After storming through his freshman season last year, Nico Megaludis had one match lingering on his mind when the campaign ended. As a No. 10-seed last year in the NCAA tournament, only one wrestler stood between him and the national title at 125 pounds.
Friday’s dual meet at Iowa allowed Megaludis the opportunity to face No. 1 Matt McDonough for the first time since he fell to the Hawkeye wrestler in the national championship, 4-1.
Head coach Cael Sanderson said before the dual that he wanted the team to start at 125 pounds instead of a random draw, just so that there was no doubt about the result.
Saturday, January 9, 2010 12:00 am
Future Nittany Lion Nico Megaludis received High School Athlete of the Week honors from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Megaludis is currently a junior at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Megaludis received the honor after winning his third straight Powerade Christmas Wrestling Tournament. The junior won a 2-1 decision over Benton High School's Michael Rhone for the 119-pound title. Franklin Regional placed 14 out of 44 competing schools in the tournament, which took place at Canon McMillan High School in Canonsburg on Dec. 29 and 30.
Undefeated Penn State wrestler Frank Molinaro celebrates after defeating Michigan's Eric Grajales in the 149 pound division.
Kebvin Harnett throws David Taylor down. Penn State defeated Bloomsburg 39-3.
Monday, May 3, 2010 12:00 am
The Nittany Lion wrestling team announced the addition of five more members to its 2009-2010 recruiting class.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 am
After weeks of training and preparation, Nico Megaludis’ debut would come down to his performance during a seven-minute match.
When the time to wrestle finally arrived, he wasn’t going to wait any longer than he needed to.
In his first match as a member of the Penn State wrestling team, Megaludis opened the team’s dual meet against Bloomsburg by pinning his opponent in the first period, helping to send the No. 2 Nittany Lions (1-0) to a victory to open the season.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:00 am
On the first day of early signing period, Cael Sanderson made a splash -- signing brothers Andrew and Dylan Alton, Dirk Cowburn and Sam Sherlock.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am
While last Sunday’s dual was a positive day for the Nittany Lions as a team, one wrestler learned a tough lesson.
During his 125-pound match against Eric Olanowski of Michigan State, Nico Megaludis held an 8-3 lead before he was called for an illegal throw in the second period. Olanowski did not continue because of an injury, and the Penn State freshman was disqualified.
But despite his loss by disqualification, Megaludis is staying positive about his season, and he will use the bout as a learning experience as he continues his freshman campaign.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:00 am
The team will not redshirt Nico Megaludis and still has to find a 141 lb. wrestler.
Penn State's David Taylor (165) competes against Nebraska's Tyler Koehn during the Saturday afternoon dual meet at Rec Hall. Penn State beat Nebraska, 33-9.
Quentin Wright celebrates his 100th collegiate victory at Rec Hall on Saturday where the Nittany Lions beat the Badgers 36-6. Wright pinned Wisconsin's Jackson Hein at the 1:24 mark.
Jon Gingrich competes with Indian's Adam Chalfant during Sunday afternoon's match. Penn State won 52-0.
Penn State freshman Nico Megaludis wrestles Iowa junior Matt McDonough during their bout on Sunday night in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions won the match 22-12.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00 am
As Frank Molinaro walked to his seat in Rec Hall’s media room on Sunday, his cell phone began to ring.
He answered, and on the other end was freshman Nico Megaludis, telling Molinaro he was still working his way to the room.
Molinaro smiled, and he responded to Megaludis, telling him he was waiting for him.