Matt Feast Captures Third-Consecutive EIWA Title

Annapolis , Md. – Senior grappler Matt Feast captured his third-consecutive heavyweight title to help the 23rd-ranked University of Pennsylvania to a fifth place finish at the 101st EIWA Championships held at the U.S. Naval Academy. Eight members of the Red and Blue, including Feast, were placewinners, matching last year’s total.

Feast, ranked sixth in the nation and the top-seed in the tournament, earned a 2-1 overtime decision over third-seeded Tanner Garret. After a scoreless first period, Garrett tallied the first point of the match with an escape. Feast tied it up with an escape of his own to start the third period. Garrett nearly had a takedown with four ticks left on the clock but the two had gone out of bounds. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Feast tallied an escape in the next period for the win. In the semifinals, Feast defeated fourth-seeded Paul Weibel, 6-3.

Senior Mason Lenhard earned a wild card berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth at 125 lbs. In the third-place bout, Lenhard fell to to Columbia’s Jeff Sato, 3-1, in a sudden victory. In the consolation semifinals, Lenhard earned a 10-5 decision over Lehigh's Andrew Rizzi, 10-5. In the semifinals, Lenhard fell to top-seeded Robbie Preston of Harvard, 4-2. Down 3-0, Lenhard reversed Preston to open the third period to cut the score to 3-2. Preston countered with escape to go ahead to stay.

Third-seeded Doug McGraw will make his third-consecutive NCAA appearance after receiving a wildcard bid. McGraw placed fifth at 141 lbs. with a 5-3 sudden victory over fourth-seeded Patrick Simpson of Army. Tied at two with 25 seconds remaining, Simpson escaped but McGraw’s riding time simultaneously reached the minute mark to force the sudden victory period. McGraw fell in the consolation semifinals in a 1-0 decision to Cornell’s Jordan Leen. The two battled to a scoreless bout, but Leen had accrued more than two minutes of riding time to win by a point. McGraw fell in the semifinals to Navy’s Nate Gulosh, 5-1.

Junior Dustin Wiles will make his first NCAA Championship appearance receiving a wild card berth. In his EIWA Championship debut, Wiles placed fifth at 174 lbs. with a decisive 10-6 win over seventh-seeded Matt Stolpinski of Navy. In the consolation semifinals, Wiles met up with second-seeded Travis Frick of Lehigh and was edged, 4-3. Wiles advanced to the consolation semifinals by earning his third fall of the EIWAs over Brown’s Mike Pedro in a tiebreaker. Wiles touted a 4-3 lead into the third period, but Pedro escaped to tie the score. The two would battle into three overtime periods, but Wiles was able to pin Pedro in 8:57.

At 133, senior Jeff Eveleth placed sixth after falling to Army’s Tony Severo, 3-1, in a rematch of the second round bout. In the consolation semifinals, Eveleth was edged by Navy’s Sam Gray, 5-1. Eveleth will compete for fifth place later this evening. Eveleth had advanced to the consolation semifinals with a 6-3 decision over Franklin & Marshall’s Rich Gebauer.

At 149, senior Kyle Bernholz placed sixth after falling to Columbia’s Ricky Turk, 8-1. In the consolation semifinals, Bernholz fell to Navy’s John Cox, 12-8. Bernholz advanced to the consolation semifinals of 149 with a 3-0 decision over Michael Ferrara of Rutgers.

Senior Rich Ferguson placed sixth at 165 lbs. as he was nipped 4-3 by East Stroudsburg’s Keith Smith in the fifth-place bout. Ferguson advanced to the consolation semifinals earlier in the day with a 4-3 come-from-behind decision over third-seeded Chris Marzec of Army.

At 197, senior Marcus Schontube placed sixth after falling to Jake Butler of Princeton, 24-9, in a rematch their second-round match. In the consolation semifinals Schontube was edged by Todd Wisman of Army, 6-5. Schontube advanced earlier in the day with an easy 10-2 major decision over Columbia’s John Grando.

The 2005 NCAA Championships will take place March 17-19 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Day Two Results

125: No. 5 Seed Mason Lenhard (Fourth Place)

No. Seed Robbie Preston (Harvard) dec. Lenhard, 4-2

Lenhard dec. No. 7 Seed Andrew Rizzi (Lehigh), 10-5

No. 3 Seed Jeff Sato (Columbia) dec. Lenhard, 3-1 (sv)

133: No. 4 Seed Jeff Eveleth (Sixth Place)

Eveleth dec. Rich Gebauer (F&M), 6-3

No. 3 seed Sam Gray (Navy) dec. Eveleth, 5-1

No. 5 seed Tony Severo (Army) dec. Eveleth, 3-1

141: No. 3 Seed, #16 Doug McGraw (Fifth Place)

Nate Gulosh (Navy) dec. McGraw, 5-1

No. 5 Seed Jordan Leen (Cornell) dec. McGraw, 1-0

McGraw dec. No. 4 Patrick Simpson (Army), 5-3 (sv)

149: Kyle Bernholz (Sixth Place)

Bernholz dec. Michael Ferrara (Rutgers), 3-0

No. 3 Seed John Cox (Navy) dec. Bernholz, 12-8

No. 6 Seed Ricky Turk (Columbia) dec. Bernholz, 8-1

165: No. 7 Seed Rich Ferguson (Sixth Place)

Ferguson dec. No. 3 Seed Chris Marzec (Army), 4-3

No. 4 Seed Chris Dziewiakowski (Navy) dec. Ferguson, 9-3

Keith Smith (ESU) dec. Ferguson, 4-3

174: No. 5 Seed Dustin Wiles (Fifth Place)

Wiles pinned Mike Pedro (Brown), 8:57 (tb)

No. 2 Travis Frick (Lehigh) dec. Wiles, 4-3

Wiles dec. No. 7 Matt Stolpinski (Navy), 10-6

184: Dan Gallagher

Brian LeMay (Lehigh) Gallagher, 6-1

197: No. 5 Seed Marcus Schontube (Sixth Place)

Schontube maj. John Grando (Columbia), 10-1

No. 6 Seed John Wisman (Army) dec. Schontube, 6-5

No. 4 Seed Jake Butler (Princeton) tech. fall Schontube, 24-9

285: No. 1 Seed, #6 Matt Feast

Feast dec. Paul Weibel (Lehigh), 6-3