Evanston, Ill. Senior Matt Feast placed second while fellow senior Jeff Eveleth placed eighth at the 42nd Annual Midlands Championships. The Quakers finished in 13th place overall out of 60 teams represented.
In the championship final of 285, Feast, the top-seed, fell to Indiana’s Pat DeGain, 5-3. After a scoreless first period, DeGain opened the second with a quick escape and a takedown to take a 3-0 lead. Feast closed the gap to 3-1 by countering with an escape of his own. Feast then pulled within one point with another escape in the third period. But it was not enough as DeGain recorded his final takedown midway through the period. In the semifinals, Feast easily defeated fifth-seeded Bill Stouffer of Central Michigan, 12-5. Feast’s finish was the highest ever as he surpassed last year’s fifth place mark. Midlands has been a historic event for Feast as he earned his 100th career victory in yesterday’s opening round of competition to become one of just five grapplers to reach the milestone in their Penn careers. Feast also becomes one of several Quakers to finish in second place at Midlands. That list includes Rick Springman, Bandele Adeniyi-Bada and two-time runner-up Brandon Slay.
Eveleth wrestled back from a third round loss yesterday to Boise State’s Scott Jorgenson to finish eighth. In the seventh-place match, Eveleth met up with Jorgenson again. Eveleth kept the match close into the second period but he was unable to hang on for the win but fell 14-5. Eveleth is the second member of his family to place at Midlands as his older brother, Brian, finished in the top-10 in 1995.
Junior Dustin Wiles fell in the fifth round of the 174 consolations to fourth-seeded Andy Roy, 6-3. Wiles, in his first Midlands appearance advanced to the championship quarterfinals yesterday but was edged by sixth-seeded Nick Passolano of Iowa State, 3-2.
Illinois captured their second-consecutive Midlands title with 130.5 points. Iowa finished in second place with 119 and Iowa State took third.
Penn returns to action on Jan. 5 as it opens the dual meet portion of the schedule with a match-up against Purdue. It will be a special homecoming for senior Marcus Schontube as the match will be held in his hometown of Lowell, Ind. at Lowell Senior High School at 7:30 p.m. (CST). The Quakers will then travel to Central Michigan on Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (CST).
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant
133: No. 11 Seed Jeff Eveleth
Eveleth med. forfeit No. 4 Seed T.J. Enright (Ohio St.)
No. 8 Seed Matt Ciasulli (Lehigh) d. Eveleth, 7-0
No. 6 Seed Scott Jorgenson (Boise St.) maj. Eveleth, 14-5
174: Dustin Wiles
No. 4 Seed Andy Roy (Rutgers) d. Wiles, 6-3
285: No. 1 Seed Matt Feast
Feast d. No. 5 Seed Bill Stouffer (Central Michigan), 7-3
No. 6 Seed Pat DeGain (Indiana) d. Feast, 5-3