Phildelphia - The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team placed second at the 10th Annual Keystone Classic held at today at The Palestra. The Red and Blue crowned four champions with seniors Matt Feast (285), Marcus Schontube (197), Rich Ferguson (165) and Mason Lenhard (125) all winning their respective weight classes. Overall, the Quakers had nine grapplers advance to the consolation finals and 12 advance to the championship semifinals.
Top-seeded Matt Feast won his second tournament title in a row by defeating Appalachian State’s Dave Hazell, 6-1. The two-time All-American won the heavyweight bracket last weekend at the Brockport Oklahoma Gold and has not lost a bout all season.
Lenhard, appearing in his first competition of the season, won the 125 crown with an exciting victory over Rider’s Ryan Smith. In the final minute of the third period, Lenhard recorded a reversal and a near fall to overtake Smith, 8-7.
Schontube, the top-seed, captured 197 with a 10-4 decision over Tim Harner of Rider. Ferguson, seeded second, captured 165 with a decisive 8-3 decision over top-seed Joe Maroney of Rider.
At 133, top-seeded Shawn Protz was edged by Rider’s Tim Harner, 3-1, in the championship final to finish second.
Brock Wittmeyer, the fifth seed at 157, took third earning a 15-4 major decision over Justin Blumenthal of Boston University. Also at 157, freshman Zach Shanaman, the third seed, placed sixth.
Rookie Lior Zamir, seeded fifth, continued to impress placing third at 165. Also in third place, No. 5 Dustin Wiles wrestled back from a semifinal loss at 174 by defeating Levi Craig of Duke, 11-5.
The Quakers had three grapplers advance to the semifinals of 125 lbs. Mike Silengo, the two-seed, fell to No. 6 Ryan Smith of Rider, 10-6. In his first match, Silengo pinned Wagner’s Michael Rooney in 2:47, and earned a technical fall over Brown’s Ben Cannon in the quarterfinals. In a battle of teammates, Lenhard earned a major decision over Andrew Gold, 10-1. Gold met up with another teammate in Silengo in the fifth place bout as he defeated his fellow Quaker, 5-4.
Jeff Eveleth finished in fifth place at 133 lbs. by defeating No. 4 Michael Tutunjian of Wagner, 11-5. Wrestling in his first event after missing 2003-04 with injury, Eveleth advanced to the semifinals at 133 lbs. but was edged by Rider’s Tim Harner, 6-4.
At 149, fourth-seeded Kyle Bernholz finished in fifth place after three-seed Labe Back of Rider was a medical forfeit. The senior had advanced to the semifinals where he fell to top-seed Sam Alvarenga of the Virginia Military Institute, 12-4.
Rider captured the Keystone Classic title with 141 points, while Penn was the runner-up for the second year in a row with 105.5 points. American placed third with 89.5 points, Boston University placed fourth (88), Brown fifth (87), Appalachian State sixth (78), Duke seventh (44.5), VMI eighth (31) and Wagner finished ninth with six points.
The Quakers return to action Dec. 3-4 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Nevada.
Download: Keystone 2004 Final Brackets.pdf