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.
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)
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