Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team wrapped up its Midwest swing on a down note falling to No. 14 Central Michigan, 34-3. Senior Doug McGraw recorded Penn’s lone decision on the night to remain undefeated on the year.
Central Michigan (3-1) jumped out to a 30-0 lead on the Red and Blue (1-1), including two major decisions and a technical fall. Out of the Chippewas’ five decisions on the night, four were won by two points or less, including two overtime victories.
McGraw, ranked 14th in the nation, earned the Quakers three points at 141 with a 4-2 decision over Brandon Carter. After Carter’s first period takedown, McGraw opened the second period with an escape and recorded two near fall points in the third period to take a 3-2 lead. McGraw posted 1:26 riding timeto earn an extra point en route to his sixth-straight win of the season.
At 285, No. 12 Bill Stouffer upset No. 4 Matt Feast with a 6-4 overtime victory. Trailing 4-3, Feast opened the third period by escaping to tie the score, 4-4. But in overtime, Stouffer was able to take Feast down for the victory. It was only the seventh time in 20 bouts that Feast (17-3) has been taken down by an opponent. Feast and Stouffer met last week in the semifinals of the Midlands Championships, as Feast earned the 7-3 decision.
At 174, junior Dustin Wiles wrestled tough against No. 11 Mitch Hancock but a single riding time point made all the difference in Hancock’s 8-7 victory. Entering the second period tied 2-2, Hancock, starting on bottom, recorded an escape and a takedown to go ahead 5-2. But Wiles added an escape of his own to close the gap. In the third period, Hancock opened with an escape to go ahead 7-3, but then gave a point back to Wiles on a stalling penalty. Wiles then recorded an escape and a reversal to close the period, but Hancock had the advantage with 1:18 of riding time.
Senior Mason Lenhard dropped a heartbreaker at 125 lbs. falling to No. 14 Luke Smith in overtime. Knotted at 1-1 heading into the second overtime period, Smith earned a penalty point to pull ahead 2-1. But Lenhard escaped to open the third frame to tie the score. The two then battled into a fifth overtime in which Smith was able to escape for the victory.
The Quakers return home on Jan. 16 as they host No. 8 Hofstra (1p.m.), Wagner (3p.m.) and Drexel (5p.m.) at The Palestra.
125: No. 14 Luke Smith (CMU) dec. Mason Lenhard (Penn), 3-2 (ot)
133: No. 11 Jason Borrelli (CMU) dec. No. 20 Jeff Eveleth (Penn), 5-3
141: No. 14 Doug McGraw (Penn) dec. Brandon Carter (CMU), 3-2
149: No. 17 Mark DeSalvo (CMU) maj. dec. Kyle Bernholz (Penn), 10-1
*157: Eric Neil (CMU) tech. fall Brock Wittmeyer (Penn), 24-9
165: No. 9 David Bolyard (CMU) maj. dec. Rich Ferguson (Penn), 19-6
174: No. 11 Mitch Hancock (CMU) dec. Dustin Wiles (Penn), 8-7
184: No. 20 Alex Lammers (CMU)pin. Jack Kitchen (Penn), 4:10
197: Wynn Michalak (CMU) dec. No. 16 Marcus Schontube, 9-6
285: No. 12 Bill Stouffer (CMU) dec. No. 4 Matt Feast (Penn), 6-4 (ot)
*Indicates first bout wrestled in the match
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assitant