Brockport, N.Y. The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team started off the 2004-05 with several strong performances at the SUNY Brockport-Oklahoma Gold Classic today to finish third.Senior Matt Feast took the 285 lbs. crown, while senior Shawn Protz advanced to the finals of 133 lbs. The Quakers had five grapplers place in the top-three overall.
Feast earned the 285 lbs title with a 5-3 decision over Oklahoma’s Jake Hager. Protz advanced to the finals of 133 lbs. but could not get past Ohio State’s T.J. Enright, falling 3-1, to finish second.
Freshman Zach Shanaman made an impressive collegiate debut at placing third at 157. He advanced to the semifinal round, where he was edged by title-winner Charles Jones of Ohio State, 4-1. Shanaman was then able to advance to the consolation finals where earned a 9-5 decision over Army’s Jon Anderson.
At 174, junior Dustin Wiles also placed third. He advanced to the semifinal final round where he was edged by Bryce Hasseman of Bloomsburg State, 4-3. But Wiles did not back down as he bounced back to take the consolations finals with a 6-2 decision over Gabriel Lucero of Army.
Also placing third was senior Marcus Schontube who took the consolation bracket with a 5-2 decision over Ben Rings of Kent State.
Oklahoma took the tournament with 212.5 points, while Kent State narrowly placed second with 92.5. Penn finished third with 89.5 points.
The Red and Blue will be back in action on Nov. 20 as they host the 10th Annual Keystone Classic at The Palestra. The all-day event, which includes eight teams, begins at 10 a.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant