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Penn State Wrestlers Own No. 1 Ranking on Intermat TPI

By Penn State Sports Information Department , 12/15/15, 8:45PM EST

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Morelli debuts in rankings at 165 pounds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team (5-0, 1-0 B1G) remains the top-ranked team in the country in the Dec. 15 release of InterMat Wrestling’s Tournament Power Index (TPI). Head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad also tops InterMat’s Dual Meet Rankings. This marks the eighth straight week that Penn State, with nine ranked individuals, holds the No. 1 spot in the TPI.

Penn State sits in the No. 1 spot with 113 points while Oklahoma State is in second at 103.5. Iowa is third at 100.0 while Cornell is fourth with 73.0. Virginia Tech sits in fifth with 72.0.

Senior Morgan McIntosh (Santa Ana, Calif.) is ranked No. 1 at 197 and is 8-0 on the year and sophomore Zain Retherford (Benton, Pa.) is ranked No. 1 at 149 with a 9-0 mark to lead Penn State’s nine ranked wrestlers. Red-shirt freshman Jason Nolf (Yatesboro, Pa.) is ranked No. 3 at 157 with a 10-0 record and senior Nico Megaludis (Murrysville, Pa.) is ranked No. 4 at 125 with a 9-1 mark. Red-shirt freshman Bo Nickal (Allen, Texas) is ranked No. 5 at 174 with a 10-0 record, giving Penn State five wrestlers ranked in the top five. 

Junior All-American Jimmy Gulibon (Latrobe, Pa.) is ranked No. 6 at 141 at 5-2 while senior All-American Jordan Conaway (Abbottstown, Pa.) is ranked No. 6 at 133 with an 8-1 record. Sophomore Matt McCutcheon (Apollo, Pa.) is ranked No. 13 at 184 with a 7-1 record. Junior Geno Morelli (DuBois, Pa.) makes his rankings debut as a Nittany Lion with a No. 19 nod at 165 and is 11-2 on the year.

Penn State is now 5-0 on the year, 1-0 in Big Ten dual meets. Sanderson’s squad heads to Rider University in New Jersey for a Saturday dual meet with the Broncs. The dual begins at 4 p.m. and will air live on TCN.

Penn State’s next home meet will be on January 15 when the Nittany Lions host Nebraska at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall. With the remaining Rec Hall duals already at seated capacity, a limited number of Standing Room Only tickets (SROs) can be purchased for each of those duals as well. Rec Hall SROs may only be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY and are $15 per person. A limited number of tickets to Penn State’s second BJC Dual, Feb. 5 vs. Ohio State, are available but disappearing fast. BJC Dual tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for youth (12-and-under) and can be purchased via www.GoPSUsports.com/accountmanager or by calling 1-800-NITTANY

Penn State Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at @pennstateWREST, on Penn State Wrestling’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennstatewrest. The 2015-16 Penn State wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline. This is PENN STATE. WRESTLING lives here.

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