Annapolis, Md. The 23rd-ranked University of Pennsylvaniawrestling teamsent three grapplers to the semifinal rounds of their respective weight classes after the first day of competition at the 101st EIWA Championships held at Navy.
Sixth-ranked Matt Feast moved one step closer to capturing his third-consecutive heavyweight title by pinning Brown’s Lee Beane in 1:43 in the quarterfinals. In tomorrow’s semifinals, top-seeded Feast will meet up with Lehigh’s Paul Weibel, the fourth seed.
Third-seeded Doug McGraw began his defense of his 141 lbs. EIWA title with an impressive 12-0 major decision over East Stroudsburg’s Scott Heckman. McGraw is set to face second-seed Nate Gulosh of Navy in the semifinals.
Senior Mason Lenhard advanced to the semifinals of 125 lbs. with a 5-3 decision over fourth-seeded Jeff Schell of Brown. He will face top-seeded Robbie Preston of Harvard tomorrow. Lenhard started things off in a big way at 125 lbs. by pinning Princeton’s Audrey Pang in 1:07 to win the tournament’s first bout of the day.
Senior Jeff Eveleth advanced to the consolation quarterfinals with a 8-0 decision over Princeton’s Greg Redman. Eveleth suffered a tough quarterfinal loss to fifth-seeded Tony Severo, 4-3, in a very close bout. Tied at three, Severo escaped early in the third period to pull ahead to stay. In the opening round, Eveleth earned an 8-3 decision over Dan Hilt of Rutgers.
Junior Dustin Wiles had a solid day on the mats posting two falls to advance to the consolation quarterfinals. Wiles opened the day by pinning Army’s Scott Ferguson in 3:27 during the first round. After a quarterfinal loss to American’s Dan Waters, Wiles came back strong by pinning Franklin & Marshall’s Chris Richey in 1:30 for his career-high sixth fall of the season.
Sophomore Dan Gallagher earned his first EIWA Championship win with a 7-5 sudden victory over Justin Barent of Columbia.
Also advancing to the consolation quarterfinals was 149-pounder Kyle Bernholz. After a first-round loss, Bernholz posted back-to-back decisions over Princeton’s Andy Iannuzzi, 3-1, and Harvard’s Dominic DeNunzio, 4-2.
At 197, senior Marcus Schontube pinned American’s Tyler Flatt in 2:38 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.
At 165, senior Rich Ferguson advanced to the consolation quarterfinals with an 8-4 decision over American’s Dwayne Hash-Barberis.
Action at the 101st EIWA Championships continues tomorrow, March 5, at Navy’s Alumni Hall as the semifinal and consolation rounds will begin at 11 a.m.
Day One Results
125: No. 5 Seed Mason Lenhard
Lenhard pinned Audrey Pang (Princeton), 1:07
Lenhard dec. Jeff Schell (Brown), 5-3
133: No. 4 Seed Jeff Eveleth
Eveleth dec. Dan Hilt (Rutgers), 8-3
Tony Severo (Army) dec. Eveleth, 4-3
dec. Greg Redman (Princeton), 8-0
141: No. 3 Seed, #16 Doug McGraw
McGraw maj. No. 6 Seed Scott Heckman (ESU), 12-0
149: Kyle Bernholz
No. 2 seed, #3 Phillip Simpson (Army) pinned Bernholz, 2:18
Bernholz dec. Andy Ianuzzi (Princeton), 3-1
Bernholz dec. No. 8 seed Dominic DeNunzio (Harvard), 4-2
157: Brock Wittmeyer
No. 7 Seed Mike Savino (Brown), dec. Wittmeyer, 11-4
No. 8 Seed Gene Zanetti (Rutgers) maj. Wittmeyer, 11-2
165: No. 7 Seed Rich Ferguson
No. 2 seed Matt Palmer (Columbia) maj. Ferguson, 15-3
Ferguson dec. Dwayne Hash-Barberis (American), 8-4
174: No. 5 Seed Dustin Wiles
Wiles pinned Scott Ferguson (Army), 3:27
No. 4 seed Daniel Waters (American) pinned Wiles, 3:40
Wiles pinned Chris Richey (F&M), 1:30
184: Dan Gallagher
No. 7 Seed Chris Pogue (Navy) dec. Gallagher, 2-1
Gallagher dec. Justin Barent (Columbia), 7-5 (sv)
197: No. 5 Seed Marcus Schontube
No. 4 Seed Jake Butler (Princeton) maj. Schontube, 10-2
Schontube pinned Tyler Flatt (American), 2:38
285: No. 1 Seed, #6 Matt Feast
Feast pinned Lee Beane (Brown), 1:43