Philadelphia Five University of Pennsylvania grapplers earned Top-20 rankings in a preseason poll by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/InterMat. The Quakers were picked to finish 20th overall as a team. Senior co-captain Matt Feast received the highest individual ranking, standing in third in his respective weight class.
Feast, a two-time defending EIWA champion at 285 lbs., placed fifth at the 2004 NCAA Championships to earn All-America accolades for the second-consecutive year.
Senior Doug McGraw also garnered Top-10 honors, as he ranked ninth at 141 lbs. McGraw is the defending EIWA champion and a two-time NCAA qualifier at 141 lbs.
Also garnering rankings were junior Mike Silengo (18th in 125 lbs.) and Marcus Schontube (11th in 197 lbs.). Silengo earned a 9-4 record during his sophomore campaign. Schontube, a NCAA qualifier last season, placed second at the 2004 EIWA Championships and posted a 23-11 record.
Senior Jeff Eveleth, who missed most of the 2003-04 season due to injury, received an honorable mention in 133 lbs.
Two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State was tabbed the top team, while Lehigh, Nebraska, Illinois, and Iowa State rounded out the top-five. Aside from Lehigh, Cornell, who garnered the12th spot, is the only EIWA team seeded above Penn.
The Red and Blue open the 2004-05 campaign on Nov. 13 at the Brockport Oklahoma Gold, in Brockport, N.Y. The Quakers begin their season at home on Nov. 20 at the10th Annual Keystone Classic at The Palestra.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.