February 5, 2005

25th Ranked Penn Edges Out Bears 19-12

Feb. 5, 2005

Philadelphia, PA - The 25th-ranked University of Pennsylvania wrestling team won three out of its last four matches to edge Brown, 19-12, Saturday afternoon at The Palestra. Junior Dan Appello's 3-1 overtime win at 133 knotted the score at 9-9 but the Quakers went on to win three of the last four bouts to earn the victory. Brown is now 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League.

The match began at 174 where Dustin Wiles tallied Penn's first points of the day with an 8-6 decision over the junior Mike Pedro. Wiles led from the beginning as he recorded a takedown with 24 seconds left in the first period. Wiles kept the pressure on throughout the second and third periods. Pedro mounted a comeback late in the final period reversing Wiles with 12 seconds remaining to make the score 7-6. Wiles was able to stave him off and secure the win with an escape.

Junior Doran Heist tied the score with a 6-2 decision over Dan Gallaher at 184. At 197, Marcus Schontube picked up an 8-3 decision over freshman Leo Saniuk. After a scoreless first period, Schontube notched three quick points to start the second. Saniuk earned two points back with a reversal but Schontube continued to pull ahead with three more points in the final minute of the period to make the score 6-2. Schontube put the match out of reach as the clocked wound down with a takedown.

Matt Feast, ranked sixth in the nation, won his fifth bout in a row and the 100th of his career with an 8-3 decision against junior Lee Beane at heavyweight. Freshman Jeff Schell recorded his 19th victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Mason Lenhard at 125.

Brown tied the score 9-9 with Appello's sudden victory over Mike Silengo at 133. With the score knotted at 1-1, Appello took down Silengo 39 seconds into overtime to walk away with the 3-1 win.

13th ranked Doug McGraw put the Quakers back on top, 12-9, with a 6-3 decision over freshman Mark Savino. Trailing 2-1 into the second period, McGraw tied the score with an escape just 20 seconds in and pulled ahead on a takedown with 56 ticks left in the period. Savino then escaped to begin the third period to pull within 4-3 but McGraw earned a takedown with 14 seconds remaining to secure the win.

Bernholz added the vital four points with an 11-0 major decision against junior Tim Smith at 149. Bernholz recorded five points in the first period and never looked back. At 157, junior Mike Savino recorded a 6-3 decision over Brock Wittmeyer. Rich Ferguson wrapped up the meet at 165 with an 11-4 major decision over Garrett Atkinson.

Brown will return home to face Cornell and Columbia next Friday and Saturday at home.

No. 25 Penn 19, Brown 12
125: Jeff Schell (B) dec. Mason Lenhard (P), 3-1
133: Dan Appello (B) dec. Mike Silengo (P), 3-1 (sv)
141: #13 Doug McGraw (P) dec. Mark Savino (B), 6-3
149: Kyle Bernholz (P) maj. Tim Smith (B), 11-0
157: Mike Savino (B) dec. Brock Wittmeyer (P), 6-3
165: Rich Ferguson (P) dec. Garrett Atkinson (B), 11-4
*174: Dustin Wiles (P) dec. Mike Pedro (B), 8-6
184: Doran Heist (B) dec. Dan Gallagher (P), 6-2
197: Marcus Schontube (P) dec. Leo Saniuk (B), 8-3
285: #6 Matt Feast (P) dec. Lee Beane (B)
*Indicates starting weight class