So when asked to describe the roots of his relentless style, Megaludis feels somewhat sheepish. “A lot of it comes from the Strittmatters, Jody and John,“ Megaludis said. “I hate to say this because Jody went to Iowa. But he got that mindset in my head.”
During this past weekend’s PIAA Class AAA Championships, Megaludis, who trains with the Strittmatters at Young Guns Wrestling Club, wrestled like a Hawkeye.
He slapped opponents in the face. He didn’t settle for decisions. He left the mat multiple times with a scowl because he didn’t dominate to the level he expected.
By late Saturday night, the style produced a third state title. After leaving the podium, he shifted his focus to preparing for a college career that begins this fall at Penn State.
The Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes have engaged in two memorable scraps this season. Iowa defeated Penn State before a capacity Rec Hall crowd in January. Penn State edged Iowa to win this month’s Big Ten tournament. Round 3 comes at this week’s NCAA Championships in Philadelphia.
The thought of future Penn State- Iowa encounters energizes Megaludis.
“He cannot wait,” his father, Dan Megaludis, said. “He’s very, very excited to get up there. He’s really looking forward to learning new stuff.”