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Ed Ruth named Penn State’s Male Athlete of the Year



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; June 10, 2013 – Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Ed Ruth (Harrisburg, Pa.) has been named Penn State’s Male Athlete of the Year while women’s soccer player Christine Nairn was named Penn State Women’s Athlete of the Year. Ruth and Nairn will be on the ballot for Big Ten Athletes of the Year. The honor is the latest in a long line of accolades for head coach Cael Sanderson’s Nittany Lions.

Three-time All-American Ed Ruth won his second straight NCAA National Championship, this time at 184-pounds as he helped lead the Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team to its third straight NCAA team title. Ruth, who won the 174-pound title last year, rolled through his second straight unbeaten season, this time posting a 33-0 record. Twenty-six of his 33 wins were for bonus points with 12 pins, four technical falls and ten majors. Ruth won his second straight Big Ten individual title as he led Penn State to its third straight Big Ten Championship and was named the 2013 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year.

Ruth went a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten dual meets and has never lost to a Big Ten wrestler in his career (42-0). Ruth joined the 100-win club at Penn State and is now 102-2 for his career, placing him 21st on Penn State’s all-time wins list. His 10 pins moved him to fourth on Penn State’s all-time pins list with 35. The junior has not lost since an injury forced him to default in the NCAA quarterfinals his freshman year where he still managed to wrestle back to third place All-America laurels and will head into his senior season riding a stunning 68-match win streak dating back to March 2011. He recently won the 84 kg title at 2013 University Nationals being named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

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