Feast Places Sixth at NCAA Championships

ST. LOUIS , Mo. – It was not the way senior Matt Feast had intended to close the book on a stellar career at the University of Pennsylvania. The sixth-seed at the 2005 NCAA Championships lost the final two matches of the season to place sixth overall at heavyweight.

The fifth-place bout pitted Feast against third-seeded Cain Velasquez of Arizona State in a rematch of Friday morning’s championship quarterfinals in which Feast found himself on the losing end of a 4-2 decision. Today’s result was nearly identical, as Feast fell 5-1 to Velasquez in his last match for the Red and Blue. Velasquez struck first with a takedown in the opening stanza and Feast made the score 2-1. It would be as close as the three-time All-American would get as Velasquez poised a strong attack and rode out Feast for more than two minutes. The Cressona, Pa. native’s sixth-place finish was the second-highest of his career, as the four-time NCAA qualifier placed fifth at last year’s NCAA Championships and seventh as a sophomore.

In the wrestleback semifinals, Feast fell to fourth-seeded Pat DeGain of Indiana. DeGain jumped out to a 4-2 lead to start the match and was able to hold off Feast. The pair met earlier in the season as Feast fell to DeGain, 5-3, in the championship round of the 42nd Annual Midlands Championships.

Feast finishes his historic senior season with a record of 31-6, for his third-straight 30-win season. He will leave Penn as its first three-time All-American and second all-time on the career wins list with 118. The four-time NCAA qualifier placed fifth at last year’s NCAA Championships and seventh as a sophomore.

Penn concludes its 2004-05 campaign with a 9-4 overall record, a 4-1 mark in the Ivy League to finish as the Ancient Eight runner-up and a 5-2 mark in the EIWA, clinching its 12th-straight winning season in the conference. The Quakers finished fifth at the 101st EIWA Championships and qualified four grapplers — Feast, seniors Mason Lenhard (125) and Doug McGraw (141) and junior Dustin Wiles (174) — to the NCAA Championships. The Red and Blue also posted its tenth-consecutive season with at least one NCAA All-American.

Final Results

No. 6 Seed Matt Feast – 285 lbs.

Quarterfinals

No. 3 Seed Cain Velasquez (Arizona State) dec. Feast, 4-2

Wrestlebacks – Fourth Round

Feast dec. No. 12 Seed Dustin Fox (Northwestern), 3-2
Wrestlebacks – Quarterfinals

Feast dec. Scott Coleman (Iowa State), 3-1 (sv)

Wrestlebacks – Semifinals

No. 4 Seed Pat DeGain (Indiana) dec. Feast, 6-3

Wrestlebacks – Fifth Place Match

No. 3 Seed Cain Velasquez (Arizona State) dec. Feast, 5-1

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant