No. 22 Penn Wrestling Heads to Midwest to Face Purdue, No. 14 Central Michigan

This Week - The Quakers (0-0) open the dual meet portion of their schedule as they head back to the Midwest to face Purdue (3-2) and No. 14 Central Michigan (2-1). The Penn-Purdue meet will take place at Lowell Senior High School in Lowell, Ind. which is also the hometown of senior Marcus Schontube.

Next Up - The Red and Blue will begin dual meet competition at home with a tri-meet against No. 8 Hofstra, Wagner and Drexel on Jan. 16 at The Palestra.

No. 22 Penn vs. Purdue - Penn has matched up against the Boilermakers only twice in program history. Both meetings have resulting in Purdue victories. The two teams last met on Jan. 18, 2003 as the Boilermakers overtook the Quakers 22-12 at The Palestra. Both Doug McGraw and Matt Feast picked up decisions for the Quakers. Purdue also edged the Red and Blue in its first meeting on Jan. 13, 2000, 18-16. This season, Feast met up with Jake O’Brien at the Las Vegas Invitational and earned a 10-1 major decision.

No. 22 Penn vs. No. 14 Central Michigan - Penn has only faced the Chippewas twice in program history, as the Quakers hold a 1-0-1 advantage in the win column. The two teams last met on Feb. 17, 2002 with the Red and Blue earning a 20-15 victory in The Palestra. Marcus Schontube, wrestling at 184, pinned Tony Gansen in 6:31 to help secure the win for Penn. The first meeting between the two teams was Jan. 23, 1999. The then-No. 20 Quakers wrestled to a 16-16 draw with No. 9 Central Michigan with each team earning four decisions and a major. Rick Springman earned a 13-2 major over Chris Snyder, while Brett Matter, Andrei Rodzianko, Bandele Abeniyi-Bada and Justin Bravo earned the decisions.

Making the Most of Midlands - Senior Matt Feast placed second while fellow senior Jeff Eveleth placed eighth at the 42nd Annual Midlands Championships held Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill. The Quakers finished in 13th place overall. In the championship final of 285, Feast, the top-seed, fell to Indiana’s Pat DeGain, 5-3. Eveleth wrestled back from a third-round loss 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, falling 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, the only other Quaker to advance to the quarterfinals on the first day of competition, fell in the fifth round of the 174 consolations to fourth-seeded Andy Roy of Rutgers, 6-3. It was Wiles first appearance at Midlands.

Winning at Wilkes - Senior Doug McGraw and freshman Chris Banket each took home crowns at the Wilkes Open on Dec. 28. No team scores were kept at the event. McGraw, wrestling in his first event of the season, defeated Bloomsburg's Brian Hart, 4-0 to capture the 141 lbs. title. At 157, Banket earned his first tournament title with an exciting 3-2 victory over Matt Roncolato of Pitt-Johnstown. At 133, junior Matt Eveleth, wrestling unattached, recorded a 3-1 victory over Patrick Flynn of Nassau Community College to capture the crown.

100-Win Club - Senior grappler Matt Feast joined exclusive company on Dec. 29 as he became the fifth wrestler in Penn history to record 100 decisions in his career. Feast, ranked fourth in the nation, notched his historic win during the first round of competition at the 42nd Annual Midlands Championships by defeating Chad Barkalow of Iowa, 3-1. The two-time All-American took Barkalow down in the first 50 seconds of the first period and recorded an escape in the third to secure the win. Feast, with 103 decisions, currently stands in fifth place in all-time wins behind two-time All American and NCAA Champion Brett Matter (128), two-time All-American Yoshi Nakamura (115), two-time All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Brandon Slay (110) and two-time All-American Rick Springman (109).

Another Milestone - Head Coach Roger Reina, the winningest coach in program history, is just four dual wins shy of reaching the 200 mark for his career.

Quakers on TV - The Quakers heated rivalry with Ivy League foe Cornell will be shown for all to see as College Sports Television will be taping the Jan. 29 meet. The broadcast will air on CSTV on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.

Roger Reins Supreme - Head Coach Roger Reina begins his 19th season at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling program in 2004-05. After serving for two years as an assistant coach under Larry Lauchle, Reina was named head coach in 1986, making him the youngest Division I head coach in the nation at the time. Since taking over the reigns, Reina has elevated the program into one of the most consistently successful in the country.

Under Reina’s tutelage, the program has achieved unprecedented success on both a regional and national level. Reina’s teams have consistently produced nationally-ranked results and individuals who have achieved national success. The Quakers have also established multiple institutional, Ivy League and Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) records.

In developing Penn into a nationally-recognized program, Reina has brought a resurgence to Penn wrestling on all fronts, including recruiting multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes, overall development of Penn wrestlers in both collegiate and international styles, highly successful fundraising efforts and a commitment to national and international success.

The numbers speak for themselves. Reina’s guidance has produced 14 winning seasons in the past 18 years. Reina has held the position of head coach longer than any other in program history and his 196 wins is more than double of any of his predecessors. His teams have continually set school records, including most team and individual wins (36) in a season.

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