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March 20, 2014

WRESTLING: PSU off to a hot start

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Penn State jumped out to an early three-point lead over second-place Oklahoma State during the opening session of the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships. And for the Nittany Lions, they couldn't have asked for a much better start.

Nine of the 10 qualifying wrestlers advanced to the second round and they picked up an upset win from 149-pound sixth-year senior James English when he topped 12th-seeded Dylan Cottrell of Appalachian State, 5-4, in overtime.

Five of Penn State's victories came with bonus points, including the last bout in which redshirt junior Jon Gingrich plowed through David Devine of Southern Illinois - Edwardsville for the 12-4 major decision. Both wins for English and Gingrich were their first career NCAA tournament victories.

141-pound true freshman Zain Retherford also picked up his first career NCAA tourney victory with a 5-0 win over Ugi Khishignyam of Citadel, who was a fourth-place finisher at the 2013 nationals.

Wrestling in his first NCAA tourney, too, 133-pound Jimmy Gulibon wasn't as successful. The redshirt freshman fell to Oklahoma State's fourth-seeded Jonathon Morrison, 4-0, for Penn State's only loss of the first session.

With Session II set to begin at 7:00 (ET) on ESPNU, here's a quick look at the first-round results and which opponents the Penn State competitors will draw this evening.

125: No. 3 Nico Megaludis over Darian Cruz (Lehigh), TF, 18-3
Next match: No. 14 Ed Klimara (Oklahoma State)

133: Jimmy Gulibon defeated by No. 4 Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma State), 4-0
Next match: Vincent Pizzuto (EMU)

141: No. 3 Zain Retherford over Ugi Khishignyam (Citadel), 5-0
Next match: No. 14 Edgar Bright (Pitt)

149: James English over No. 12 Dyllan Cottrell (App State), 5-4 (OT)
Next match: No. Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern)

157: No. 13 Dylan Alton over Brian Murphy (Mich), 5-1
Next match: No. 4 Ian Miller (Kent State)

165: No. 1 David Taylor pins Joe Brewster (SDSU), 2:58
Next match: No. 16 Jim Wilson (Stanford)

174: No. 5 Matt Brown over Kyle Meyer (Stanford), 17-4
Next match: No. 12 Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State)

184: No. 2 Ed Ruth pins Jackson Hein (Wisconsin), 1:59
Next match: Lazarus Reyes (Illinois)

197: No. 3 Morgan McIntosh over John Bolich (Lehigh), 5-0
Next match: No. 14 Chris Penny (Virginia Tech)

285: No. 14 Jon Gingrich over David Devine (SIUE), 12-4 MD
Next match: No. 3 Adam Chalfant (Indiana)

Session I Team Scores
1. Penn State - 16.5
2. Oklahoma State - 13.5
T-3. Edinboro/Minnesota - 11
5. Nebraska 9.5
T-6. Cornell/Iowa State/Oregon State - 9
T-10. Iowa/Wisconsin - 8.5

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