Wrestling Tames Lions, 21-13; Head Coach Roger Reina Picks Up 200th Career Victory

New York – Head Coach Roger Reina picked up his 200th career victory as the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team opened its 2005 Ivy League campaign with a 21-13 win over Columbia this evening.

Reina, in his 19th season at the helm of the Quakers, is the winningest coach in program history with 200-102-6 record, with wins more than doubling those of his predecessors. During his tenure, Penn has produced 14 out of 18 winning seasons and numerous All-Americans and NCAA qualifiers. Out of the six current Ivy League coaches, only Dave Amato of Brown has more wins with 323.

Senior Jeff Eveleth (14-8 overall, 5-1 dual) got things started for the Red and Blue (4-2) by pinning the Lions’ (3-2) Matt DeLorenzo in 5:25. The fall was Eveleth’s fourth pin of the season and his fourth win in a row.

Doug McGraw, ranked 10th in the nation, remained undefeated at 141 with a 6-1 victory over Anthony Constantino. McGraw, who has a 4-0 dual mark and an 8-0 overall record, gave up an escape early in the second period, but scored six unanswered points for the win.

At 157, sophomore Brock Wittmeyer (14-10 overall, 2-3 dual) earned a 9-3 decision over Devin Mesanko. Tied 3-3 Wittmeyer took Mesanko down with 14 seconds left in the second period to pull ahead for good.

At 174, No. 19 Dustin Wiles (17-7 overall, 4-1 dual) increased the Penn lead to 15-7 with a 9-3 decision over Sven Hafemeister. Wiles took an early 2-1 lead over Hafemeister and never looked back posting two takedowns and an escape over the next two periods.

After Columbia pulled within 15-10 after a decision at 184 lbs., senior Marcus Schontube (17-8 overall, 3-3 dual) kept the Red and Blue ahead with a 7-0 decision over Jed Wade at 197 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Schontube broke the stalemate with a takedown ten seconds into the second frame. Schontube added five insurance points in the third period with an escape, a takedown and a penalty point.

Senior Matt Feast, ranked fifth in the nation, earned an 8-3 decision over Bart Seeman at 285 lbs. Trailing 2-1 into the second period, Seeman took Feast (19-3 overall, 3-1 dual) down as the two tumbled out of bounds to pull ahead, 3-2. Feast then countered with an escape to tie the score 3-3, and pulled ahead to stay with an escape to start the third period.

At 125, senior Mason Lenhard added dramatics as he battled with Jeff Sato in a 5-4 loss. The pair was tied 4-4 entering the third period where Sato posted an escape to secure the victory.

The Quakers are back in action tomorrow, Jan. 29, when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to face No. 14 Cornell.

No. 24 Penn 21, Columbia 13

125: Jeff Sato (C) dec. Mason Lenhard (P), 5-4
*133: Jeff Eveleth (P) pinned Matt DeLorenzo (C), 5:25
141: #10 Doug McGraw (P) dec. Anthony Constantino (C), 6-1
149: Ricky Turk (C) dec. Kyle Bernholz (P), 8-5
157: Brock Wiittmeyer (P) dec. Devin Mesanko (C),
165: #19 Matt Palmer (C) maj. dec. Rich Ferguson (P), 12-3
174: #19 Dustin Wiles (P) dec. Sven Hafemeister (C), 8-3
184: Kirk Davis (C) dec. Dan Gallagher (P), 10-6
197: Marcus Schontube (P) dec. Jed Wade (C), 7-0
285: #5 Matt Feast (P) dec. Bart Seeman (C), 8-3

*Indicates starting weight class

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.