Penn Wrestling Hands Out Annual Awards

Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania wrestling team announced its post-season award winners at the 2005 Grapplers’ Club Award Banquet on April 8.

Junior Dustin Wiles, who qualified the NCAA Championships in his first full year of starting at 174 lbs., took home three awards on the afternoon. Wiles was presented with two statistical awards for the Most Takedowns and Most Falls. He led the team with 73 takedowns and eight falls. Wiles was also given the Most Improved Wrestler Award.

Senior Jeff Eveleth, who battled through injuries throughout this season and his career, took home two pieces of hardware as he was given the Robert G. Allman Award for the most inspirational wrestler and the Paul Norman Bond Award for the most courageous wrestler.

Fellow senior and co-captain Matt Feast also earned a pair of awards, as he was given the Richard DiBatista Award given the Penn grappler who places the highest at the NCAA Championships. Feast, the Red and Blue’s first three-time All-American, placed sixth at the 75th NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. Feast was also presented with the Dr. W. Austin Bishop Award which is given to the wrestler who contributed most to the Penn wrestling program both on and off the mat.

Other award winners included senior Matt Smith who earned the 11th Man Award and senior Shawn Protz who was given the Dr. Harry Fields Award for highest academic achievement. Marion and Joseph Bernholz, parents of senior Kyle Bernholz were given the David I. Friedman Award presented to the parents who have made outstanding contributions. The Grapplers’ Club Order of Merit Award, presented to the alumnus who gives back the most to the Penn wrestling program , wasgiven to Grapplers'Club president Clint Matter.