Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler for the 2012 Season


  At the conclusion of each college wrestling season, WrestlingReport.com selects its Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year.  This annual recognition goes to a wrestler who is both a Pennsylvania native and competed for a Pennsylvania college or university.


  WrestlingReport, under the direction of Bruce Closson, today announced that the Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year for the 2012 season is Ed Ruth.  Ruth, from Harrisburg, is a third-year sophomore at Penn State University.  He earned his first NCAA All-American certificate in his second year at Penn State, by placing third at the 2011 NCAA Tournament (at 174 pounds) and concluded the 2011 season with a W/L record of 38-2.


  This year Ed Ruth, again competing at 174 pounds, battled his way undefeated through the 2012 season, going 31-0, with ten pins.  Ruth, with a huge assortment of offensive weapons, including an astounding cradle series, won the early season Penn State Open, took first place at the mid season Southern Scuffle, won all his dual-meet bouts, grabbed the Big Ten title, then capped off his tremendous season by taking the 2012 NCAA Tournament crown.  Significantly, Mr. Ruth also helped lead the Nittany Lions to the 2012 Big Ten team title and the 2012 NCAA Tournament title.


  Congratulations to Ed Ruth, WrestlingReport.com’s Pennsylvania Collegiate Wrestler of the Year for 2012.  Past winners of this WR.com recognition were:  Penn State’s Jeremy Hunter for the 2000 wrestling season; Edinboro University’s Josh Koscheck for 2001; Lehigh University team mates Rob Rohn and Jon Trenge (tie vote) for 2002; Lehigh University’s Troy Letters for both 2003 and 2004; Pitt-Johnstown’s Thad Benton for 2005; Phil Davis of Penn State for 2006; Pittsburgh’s Keith Gavin for 2007 and 2008; Edinboro’s Jarrod King for 2009 and 2010; and Penn State’s Quentin Wright for the 2011 wrestling season.