ST. LOUIS, Mo. Sixth-seeded Matt Feast continued to make history in his final season in the Red and Blue as he became Penn’s first three-time All-American at the 2005 NCAA Championships this evening.
Feast advanced to the semifinals of the wrestlebacks with a 3-1 sudden victory over No. 10 seed Scott Coleman of Iowa State. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Feast tied the score with an escape. With the score knotted at one, the pair entered sudden victory in which Feast took Coleman down with 25 seconds remaining.
Feast secured All-America status by edging No. 12 seed Dustin Fox of Northwestern, 3-2, in the fourth round of the wrestle backs. Feast opened the scoring with a takedown 12 seconds into the bout, but Fox narrowed the margin, 2-1, with an escape. Fox then tied it up with another escape to start the second period. Feast notched the winning point as he escaped to open the third period. Earlier in the day, Feast had fallen to No. 3 seed Cain Velasquez of Arizona State, 4-2, in the quarterfinals.
Feast becomes the fourth Ivy League grappler to achieve three-time All-America status. Cornell’s Travis Lee and Harvard’s Jesse Jantzen completed the feat last season, while the Big Red’s Dustin Manotti became a three-timer this season. This also is the tenth-consecutive season in which Penn has had at least one All-American.
In the third session held earlier this afternoon, senior Doug McGraw ended his collegiate career with a 4-3 loss to Juan Mora of Cal State-Fullerton in the third round of wrestlebacks. Mora jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a takedown but was unable to recover. McGraw dominated in his first match of the day earning a 10-0 major decision against Jeff Bristol of UC Davis. McGraw opened the bout with a takedown and added three near fall points before the first period buzzer sounded. McGraw ends his senior campaign with a 14-6 overall record.
Junior Dustin Wiles, making his first NCAA Championship appearance, was unable to advance in the wrestlebacks, falling to No. 8 seed Travis Frick of Lehigh, 8-4, in the second round. Frick took Wiles down twice in the first period, but Wiles countered with two escapes to keep the score at 4-2. Frick continued to add to his lead with a takedown and an escape during the remainder of the match. Wiles finishes his outstanding 2004-05 campaign with a 26-13 record, a team-high eight falls and a team-high 73 takedowns.
Feast will be back on the mat tomorrow morning as wrestleback bouts begin at 9:30 a.m.
Day Two Results
Doug McGraw 141 lbs.
Wrestlebacks Second Round
McGraw maj. Jeff Bristol (UC Davis), 10-0
Wrestlebacks Third Round
Juan Mora (Cal State-Fullerton) dec. McGraw, 4-3
Dustin Wiles 174 lbs.
Wrestlebacks Second Round
No. 8 Seed Travis Frick (Lehigh) dec. Wiles, 8-4
No. 6 Seed Matt Feast 285 lbs.
No. 3 Seed Cain Velasquez (Arizona State) dec. Feast, 4-2
Wrestlebacks Fourth Round
Feast dec. No. 12 Seed Dustin Fox (Northwestern), 3-2
Feast dec. Scott Coleman (Iowa State), 3-1 (sv)
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant