Penn Readies Itself for the Keystone Classic

This Week - The University of Pennsylvania (0-0) is set to play host to the 10th Annual Keystone Classic on Saturday, Nov. 20. Nine teams are battling it out in the event, including American, Appalachian State, Boston University, Brown, Duke, Rider, Penn, Virginia Military Institute and Wagner. The Quakers look to reclaim the tournament title after finishing as the runner-up last year in which seven Penn wrestlers advanced to the championship finals and five to the consolation finals. Penn has won six Keystone titles and finished as the runner-up three times. They won four-straight crowns starting with the first tournament in 1995. Penn returned to the top of the podium in 2000, before falling to sixth-ranked Iowa the following season.

Next Up - The Red and Blue will have almost a two-week break before returning to the mats at the 23rd Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invite held Dec. 3-4. Fifty-six teams from around the nation, including Central Oklahoma, Clarion, No. 12 Cornell, Eastern Michigan, No. 6 Michigan, No. 11 Missouri, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 10 West Virginia and No. 18 Wisconsin, will be in attendance.

Busy at Brockport - The Red and Blue kicked off the 2004-05 season by finishing third at the Brockport Oklahoma Gold Classic on Nov. 13 in Brockport, N.Y. Oklahoma took the tournament with 212.5 points, while Kent State narrowly placed second with 92.5. Penn finished third with 89.5 points.

Senior co-captain Matt Feast continued his dominance from last season by capturing the heavyweight title earning a 5-3 decision over Oklahoma’s Jake Hager, 5-3.

Senior Shawn Protz finished second at 133 lbs. after falling to Ohio State’s T.J. Enright, 3-1. Fellow senior Marcus Schontube placed third at 197, taking the consolation bracket with a a 5-2 decision over Ben Rings of Kent State.

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. Wiles finished the day with two pins, coming against Ken Stiles of Rutgers (1:54) and Nathaniel Augustson of Ohio (2:59).

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.

History in the Making - Both coach and grappler may achieve milestones this season. Head Coach Roger Reina is just four dual wins shy of reaching the 200 mark for his career. He is the winningest coach in program history.

Senior Matt Feast could also reach a career milestone in wins. The Cressona, Pa. native currently has 91 wins and is just nine away from eclipsing the 100-win plateau. Feast would be come one of just five wrestlers to have at least 100 decisions in their Penn careers - Brett Matter (128), Yoshi Nakamura (115), Brandon Slay (110) and Rick Springman (109).

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 head coach position 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 in a season.

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