Wrestling Heads to Vegas for Cliff Keen Collegiate Invitational

Wrestling Heads to Vegas for Cliff Keen Collegiate Invitational

Sophomore Adam Hogue will compete at 165 pounds for the Crimson. Photo courtesy of Tom Labiosa, Penn State Sports Information.

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The Harvard wrestling team will once again travel to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational for the 29th edition of the prestigious tournament Dec 3-4.

The Event
Thirty-six teams from across the country including 10 teams ranked in the USA Today/NWCA Top 25 and two teams receiving votes: No. 1 Cornell, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 6 Boise State, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Illinois, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Central Michigan, No. 13 Oregon State, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 21 Michigan, Cal Poly (RV) and Hofstra (RV).

Two Ivy League teams, Brown and Columbia, will also be in action in Sin City.

The invitational will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center with competition beginning at 10 a.m.(EST) each day.

Last Time Out
Corey Jantzen and Walter Peppelman won two matches each and four other Crimson grapplers had their hands raised in dual meets at the Journeyman/Sprawl & Brawl. Harvard fell to No. 6 Penn State (45-0), Michigan State (31-10) and Eastern Michigan (24-22).

Cashing In, In Vegas
J.P O'Connor '10 and Walter Peppelman placed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last year and two other grapplers earned victories to help the Crimson to an 18th-place showing with a limited squad. O'Connor won the 157 pound title, while Peppelman finished sixth at 149 pounds. Two years ago, Corey Jantzen won at 141 pounds, while Louis Caputo '10 and O'Connor finished second and third, respectively.

All About Youth
Four sophomores, three freshmen and two juniors will suit up for the Crimson this weekend.

125 Steven Keith (So.)
133 Shay Warren (So.)
141 Joe Alie (Fr.)
149 Corey Jantzen (Jr.)
157 Walter Peppelman (So.)
165 Adam Hogue (So.)
174 Ian Roy (Fr.)
184 Cameron Croy (Fr.)
197 Bryan Panzano (Jr.)

National Rankings
Corey Jantzen and Walter Peppelman are ranked in several of this week's national polls.

                      AWN  Intermat WR D1CW
Jantzen 12 7 11 9
Peppelman NR NR 22 22

Community Outreach
The Crimson is doing its share of community service each year. Jackson Salovarra '11 organized an event where Harvard went to church near campus to help weatherize the church rectory. The Crimson spent all day insulating and closing the house up for the winter which in turn will save the rectory thousands of dollars in the long run. This is just a small sample of how this program gives back to the community!

Pack the MAC
Harvard will host six dual meets the Malkin Athletic Center this winter on four different days. The Crimson's first home contest will be Jan.7 against Rutgers and Maryland. Harvard returns to Cambridge five weeks later to take on Brown and Hofstra (Feb. 12), followed by Columbia (Feb. 18) and Cornell (Feb. 19) to close out the dual season.

Take a Break
After this weekend's meet, the Crimson will return to Cambridge for final exams before the holidays. Harvard returns to the mat, Dec. 28-29 at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.