Las Vegas, Nev. Senior grappler Matt Feast placed second and while fellow senior Marcus Schontube placed sixth in their respective weightclassesat the 23rd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational. The Red and Blue, in its first-ever appearance in the tournament finished tied for13th out of 46 teams from around the nation.
In the heavyweight championship bout, Feast, ranked third in the nation and the top-seed in the tournament, lost his first match of the season to Michigan’s Greg Wagner, 8-5. Feast had beat Wagner in their previous two meetings, last facing off in the fifth-place bout at the 2004 NCAA Tournament. With the loss, Feast moved to 12-1 on the season and currently sits on 99 career victories. Upon his next win, Feast will become just one of five Penn wrestlers to have least 100 wins in their careers. The two-time All-American will join the exclusive company of All-Americans Brett Matter (128 wins) and Yoshi Nakamura (115 wins), Olympian Brandon Slay (110 wins), and All-American Rick Springman (109 wins).
Schontube, the fourth-seed at 197, finished in sixth place after falling to Ryan Flaherty of Wisconsin, 7-4. In the consolation semifinals, Schontube battled it out with Cornell’s Jerry Rinaldi, but fell 5-4 in triple overtime. Leading 1-0 into the third period, Rinaldi recorded a reversal to pull ahead Schontube then escaped to tie the score. In double overtime, Schontube reversed Rinaldi with 10 seconds remaining but Rinaldi was able to reverse Schontube to force the bout into a third overtime period where Rinaldi was able record an escape. semifinals of 197, Schontube, the fourth-seed, was stopped by top-seed Ryan Bader of Arizona State, 9-2.
In the earlier consolations, sophomore Brock Wittmeyer was defeated by sixth-seed Brian Stith of Arizona State, 9-4 in the fourth round of consolations. Prior to the loss, Wittmeyer has won four bouts in a row. At 174, number seven seed Dustin Wiles fell to eight-seeded Rocco Coponi of Virgina, 12-0.
Michigan took the event with 149 points, while Nebraska (139.5) and Hofstra (97.5) rounded out the top-three. Cornell placed fifth with 97.5, while the Quakers tallied 54.5 points.
Penn will be back on the mats Dec. 29-30 when it travels to the Midlands Open in Evanston, Ill.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.
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