Feast Advances to Quarterfinals of NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sixth-seeded Matt Feast moved one step closer to All-American status advancing to the heavyweight quarterfinals this evening at the 2005 NCAA Championships.

Feast advanced to the quarterfinals with by earning a 3-1 decision over Oklahoma’s Jake Hager. The two-time All-American started the bout with a takedown and added an escape in the second period for the win. It was Feast’s second victory over Hager this season. Feast started the day with a 9-1 major decision over Edinboro’s Joe Hennis. With his two victories, Feast surpassed two-time All-American Yoshi Nakamura on Penn's all-time win list. He now stands second all-time with 116 wins. Feast will face Arizona State’s Cain Velasquez tomorrow in the quarterfinals.

At 141 lbs. senior Doug McGraw fell to No. 5 seed Andy Simmons of Michigan State, 7-1. After a scoreless first period, Simmons struck first with an escape and a takedown in the second period to pull ahead, 3-0. McGraw picked up an escape in the third period, but it was not enough as Simmons continued to pull away. McGraw opened the day with a 2-0 decision over No. 12 Cassio Pero of Illinois. McGraw will face Jake Kriegbaum of Air Force in tomorrow’s wrestle backs.

Junior Dustin Wiles, a native of Farmington, Mo. and making his first NCAA appearance, pinned Joe Lowe of UNC Greensboro in 6:15 in the second round of wrestle backs. Lowe, who possessed a definite height advantage, scored first with a takedown, but Wiles countered with an escape. With the score tied 3-3 entering the final minute of the first period, Wiles earned three back points to take 7-3 advantage. Wiles kept Lowe on his back throughout the match and eventually picked up the fall in the final stanza. In the opening round, Wiles had wrestled tough against No. 3 seed Pete Friedl of Illinois, but found himself on the losing end of a 6-2 decision. Wiles will face No. 8 Travis Frick of Lehigh tomorrow as he seeks to avenge to losses earlier in the season.

Senior Mason Lenhard closed his collegiate career with an 8-4 loss to Joe Kemmerer of UNC Greensboro. Kemmerer took a quick 5-0 lead to start the match. In the preliminary round, Lenhard was pinned by No. 7 seed Andrew Hochstrasser in 4:54. Lenhard will face Joe Kemmerer of UNC Greensboro this evening in the first round of wrestle backs. Lenhard finishes the season with 15-14 overall record.

The Quakers will continue competition at the 2005 NCAA Championships tomorrow, March 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Tomorrow’s quarterfinal rounds will be broadcast on ESPNU, DirectTV channel 609. The Friday night semifinals will be regionally syndicated on ESPN. The finals of the 2005 NCAA Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN at 4 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, March 19. Live results are available on the NCAA Sports website or by clicking here.

Day One Results

Mason Lenhard – 125 lbs.

Preliminary Round

No. 7 Seed Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise St.) fall. Lenhard, 4:54

Wrestle Backs – Second Round

Joe Kemmerer (UNC Greensboro) dec. Lenhard, 8-4

Doug McGraw – 141 lbs.

First Round

McGraw dec. No. 12 Seed Cassio Pero (Illinois), 2-0

Second Round

No. 5 Seed Andy Simmons (Michigan St.) dec. McGraw, 7-1

Dustin Wiles – 174 lbs.

First Round

No. 3 Seed Peter Friedl (Illinois) dec. Wiles, 6-2

Wrestle Backs – Second Round

Wiles fall Joe Lowe (UNC Greensboro), 6:15

No. 6 Seed Matt Feast – 285 lbs.

First Round

Feast maj. Joe Hennis (Edinboro), 9-1

Second Round

Feast dec. Jake Hager (Oklahoma), 3-1

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant