Philadelphia The 25th-ranked University of Pennsylvania wrestling team won three out of its last four matches to edge Brown, 19-12 this afternoon at The Palestra. Senior Kyle Bernholz recorded a crucial major decision at 149 to help the Red and Blue secure the win.
Junior Dustin Wiles (18-8, 5-2 dual) tallied Penn’s (7-3, 3-1 Ivy League) first points of the day with an 8-6 decision over the Bears’ (4-6, 1-1 Ivy League) Mike Pedro. Wiles led from the beginning as he recorded a takedown with 24 seconds left in the first period. Wiles kept the pressure on throughout the second and third periods. Pedro mounted a comeback late in the final period reversing Wiles with 12 seconds remaining to make the score 7-6. Wiles was able to stave him off and secure the win with an escape.
At 197, senior Marcus Schontube (18-9, 5-4 dual) picked up an 8-3 decision over Leo Saniuk. After a scoreless first period, Schontube notched three quick points to start the second. Saniuk earned two points back with a reversal but Schontube continued to pull ahead with three more points in the final minute of the period to make the score 6-2. Schontube put the match out of reach as the clocked wound down with a takedown.
Senior Matt Feast (23-3, 6-1 dual), ranked sixth in the nation, won his fifth bout in a row with an 8-3 decision against Lee Beane. With the victory, Feast ties Olympic Gold Medalist Brandon Slay for third all-time with 110 career wins. Feast led the entire contest with three takedowns and an escape and yielded just three escapes.
Brown tied the score 9-9 after the Bears’ Dan Appello’s sudden victory over junior Mike Silengo at 133 lb.s. With the score knotted at 1-1, Appello took down Silengo 39 seconds into overtime to walk away with the 3-1 win.
Thirteenth-ranked Doug McGraw (9-1, 5-1 dual) put the Quakers back on top, 12-9, with a 6-3 decision over Mark Savino. Trailing 2-1 into the second period, McGraw tied the score with an escape just 20 seconds in and pulled ahead on a takedown with 56 ticks left in the period. Savino then escaped to begin the third period to pull within 4-3 but McGraw earned a takedown with 14 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Bernholz added the vital four points with an 11-0 major decision against Tim Smith. Bernholz recorded five points in the first period and never looked back. Senior Rich Ferguson wrapped up the meet at 165 with an 11-4 decision over Shawn Kitchner.
The Quakers will face North Carolina at approximately 2 p.m. in The Palestra.
No. 25 Penn 19, Brown 12
125: Jeff Schell (B) dec. Mason Lenhard (P), 3-1
133: Dan Appello (B) dec. Mike Silengo (P), 3-1 (sv)
141: #13 Doug McGraw (P) dec. Mark Savino (B), 6-3
149: Kyle Bernholz (P) maj. Tim Smith (B), 11-0
157: Mike Savino (B) dec. Brock Wittmeyer (P), 6-3
165: Rich Ferguson (P) dec.Shawn Kitchner (B), 11-4
*174: Dustin Wiles (P) dec. Mike Pedro (B), 8-6
184: Doran Heist (B) dec. Dan Gallagher (P), 6-2
197: Marcus Schontube (P) dec. Leo Saniuk (B), 8-3
285: #6 Matt Feast (P) dec. Lee Beane (B)
*Indicates starting weight class
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant