Las Vegas, Nev. The No. 15 University of Pennsylvania wrestling team advanced two grapplers, Matt Feast (285) and Marcus Schontube (197), to the semifinal round of the 23rd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational today. The Red and Blue, making its first-ever appearance in the tournament, currently stand in eighth place out of 46 teams from around the nation.
In the quarterfinals of 285, Feast earned a 10-2 major decision over No. 9 Jake O’Brien from Purdue to advance. The two-time All-American inched several steps closer to reaching the 100-win plateau for his career, earning his 96th, 97th, 98th career victories over Buffalo’s Jeff Parker and San Francisco State’s Darren Murphy and O’Brien. If Feast’s success continues tomorrow, he would have the opportunity to reach the milestone in the championship bout on Saturday.
Schontube earned a 6-3 decision over Ryan Flaherty of Wisconsin in the quarterfinals to advance. Earlier in the day, Schontube defeated Daren Burns of UNC Greensboro, 5-2, to advance to the quarterfinals and picked up his third fall of the season pinning Cody Mumma of Western State in 6:13.
Junior Dustin Wiles was the third member of the Red and Blue to advance to the quarterfinals, but he was edged by No. 2 Nick Roy of Michigan, 8-6. To advance to the quarterfinals, Wiles earned a decision over UNC Greensboro’s Joe Lowe, 8-2. Wiles opened the afternoon by pinning Fresno State’s Chris Gifford in overtime and followed with a 4-2 victory over Evan Copeland of Adams State.
After a first-round loss, sophomore Brock Wittmeyer wrestled back to the fifth round of the consolation bracket by winning four in a row and posting a 12-2 major decision over Tanner Cowan of Utah Valley.
After falling in his third round match at 133, senior Jeff Eveleth bounced back to in two in a row in the consolation bracket but was stopped in the fourth round by Fresno State’s Joe Mavins, 9-2. After a first round by at 149, senior Kyle Bernholz easily defeated Chris Deluca, 7-1 in the second round of competition but fell to Cornell’s Dustin Manotti, 19-3 in the third round. He was then edged by Paul Dunstan of Virginia, 6-4, in the consolation round.
At 165, senior Rich Ferguson picked up back-to-back wins in the consolation bracket but was defeated by Virginia’s Will Durkee, 16-0 in the fourth consolation round. At 125, senior Mason Lenhard opened the day with a technical fall over Greg Sill of No. 18 Edinboro but fell twice in the consolation bouts.
The Quakers will continue competition tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 4 beginning at 9 a.m. (PST). The Las Vegas Invitational can be heard live via the web on www.wrestlingmall.com.
Click here for complete results from day one of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Download: Day One Results.pdf