Photo of J.P O'Connor courtesy of Danielle Hobeika.
Two-time All-American J.P. O'Connor got an early Christmas present Tuesday when Intermat Wrestling released its college rankings for Dec. 22. O'Connor took over the top ranking at 157 pounds with his 14-0 record.
The Oxford, N.Y., native won the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Dec. 5 with a 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Boise State's Adam Hall. He earned his 100th career victory early this season and at 111 wins, currently ranks third all-time in victories at Harvard.
Sophomore Walter Peppelman had a breakthrough performance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, finishing sixth at 149 pounds. He entered the college rankings the following week for the first time in his career and currently ranks 14th.
Harvard will compete at the Midlands Championships Dec. 28 and 29 at Northwestern.