Moment of Silence for Paterno at PSU-Iowa Wrestling Match

Penn State wrestling fans Gary Reed, left, of Huntingdon, Pa., and George Hoover, righ, of Port Matilda, Pa., applaud after a moment of silence in honor of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before a wrestling match against Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in State College, Pa. Paterno died Sunday at the age of 85. (AP Photo/John Beale)


By James Steward

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP) — At the first athletic event on Penn State's campus since Joe Paterno's death Sunday, Nittany Lions fans remembered the football coach with a moment of silence — and a standing ovation.

The scene occurred at the highly anticipated wrestling match between Iowa and Penn State at Rec Hall. The gym announcer asked fans to observe a moment of silence, and then the capacity crowd of more than 6,500 gave a 30-second standing ovation while an image of Paterno flashed on two video boards.

The screen flashed the words "Joseph Vincent Paterno. 1926-2012," just below a picture of a smiling Paterno, wearing a blue tie and blue sweater vest with arms crossed across his chest.

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