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A lot of changes can take place in just one year.

Around this time last year, Penn State's David Taylor was at the top of collegiate wrestling. Finishing with a perfect 32-0 record and 15 pins, Taylor won the 165-pound championship after four wins by fall in the national tournament led to a 22-7 technical fall in the title match. Taylor capped off the memorable season by winning the Dan Hodge Trophy.

Often regarded as the Heisman Trophy of wrestling, the award is given to the nation's best collegiate wrestler.

It is not easy finding a way past No. 1 Penn State’s lineup, much less its upper five weight classes.

Three national champions, seven All-American nods, one Intermat National Wrestler of the Year, and one Hodge Trophy — collegiate wrestling equivalent of the Heisman Trophy — are some of the awards Penn State’s upper five weights have won in the last three years.

After a 42-3 win against Lock Haven, head coach Cael Sanderson said the first half of his lineup did not like getting pushed around and his upper five weights helped right the wrongs.

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.

The Nittany Lions backed up their No. 1 ranking with a strong showing at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday, grabbing the lead against some stiff competition.

Penn State, the tournament's defending champion, took an eight-point lead over 2012 runner-up, No. 3 Minnesota, with six Lions’ wrestlers advancing to the semifinals in their respective weight classes.

The highly anticipated rematch of an exhibition bout earlier this year between Penn State’s reigning Hodge Trophy winner David Taylor and Cornell’s three-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake remains possible as both wrestlers moved on to the semis. Taylor and Dake earned two pins each during their march through the 165 bracket and Taylor will face Oklahoma State’s Tyler Caldwell while Dake will take on Viginia’s Nick Sulzer.

Penn State ended the 2012 portion of its season ranked No. 1 and it will be put to the test on the first day of 2013 at the Southern Scuffle.

The Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are part of a stacked field at the Scuffle that takes place Jan. 1 and 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The competition features seven top 25 teams including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 6 Missouri and No. 8 Cornell.

Penn State head coach Cael Sanderson said the Scuffle is similar to the NCAA tournament because of the level of competition at most weight classes and it is the most competitive Scuffle field he can remember.