Harvard Wrestling Splits Duals on the Road at No. 20 Penn and Princeton

Photo of Bryan Panzano courtesy of Gil Talbot.

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard wrestling team split its two duals Saturday winning seven of the nine matches contested for a 21-15 win against Princeton and falling to No. 20 Penn, 35-7.

Sophomore co-captain Walter Peppelman and freshman Cameron Croy earned victories in both matches to improve to 21-4 and 11-14 overall, respectively.

After falling behind 15-3 to the Tigers, the Crimson won the next six bouts to earn the team victory. All seven wins against the Tigers were decisions. Harvard forfeited at 149 pounds to give Princeton six of their points. Shay Warren (133), Peppelman (157), Hogue (165), Roy (174), Croy (184), Panzano (197) and Knapp (285) all had their hands raised. Knapp walked away with the largest margin of victory in a 7-1 win over Charles Fox.

Peppelman, who is ranked eighth in the nation, earned an 8-0 victory against Brad Wukie for his six major decision of the season and 11 win by bonus points. Croy grabbed a 10-6 win against Penn's Erich Smith. Knapp wrestled well against Steven Graziano falling short of the victory in a 3-2 loss.

The Crimson returns to Massachusetts for three duals next weekend. Harvard travels to Boston University for the Charles Cup Friday before hosting Brown and Hofstra Saturday at the MAC.