Photo of Steven Keith courtesy of Gil Talbot.
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Harvard wrestling team stands in 11th place at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships with five grapplers still in action. Co-captains Walter Peppelman (157) and Andrew Knapp (285) and Steven Keith (125) will wrestle for a chance to take third in tomorrow morning consolation matches.
Keith, the fifth seed at 125 pounds will have a chance to go for third place and the automatic NCAA bid tomorrow when he faces the second seed and No. 20 Garrett Frey of Princeton. After earning an 11-4 decision in his first match of the day, Keith suffered a 6-5 setback to fourth-seed Aaron Kalil. The Shoreham, N.Y., native won his next two matches in the wrestlebacks for a chance to go for third place.
Peppelman, the third seed, dominated his first two matches, including pinning his first round opponent in 32 seconds. Peppelman fell to the third seed and eighth-ranked Bryce Saddoris of Navy by a score of 5-1. He will have chance to go for third against DJ Meagher of Cornell tomorrow.
Knapp got the unlucky draw of facing top seed and No. 1 ranked Zach Rey of Lehigh in his first bout. The Duxury, Mass., native dominated his next opponent, earning a 14-0 win for his largest win of the year. Knapp then knocked off fifth-seed Kyle Cowan of Penn in sudden victory to continue his season.
Shay Warren will go for seven against eighth-seeded Allen Stein of Navy at 133 pounds. Warren picked up two consolation wins to remain alive in the conference tournament. Also still competing is sixth-seed freshman Cameron Croy. He will face 8th-seed Michael Erdman of Princeton for seventh tomorrow. Croy earned a 16-7 win in his first match, but a 5-2 setback to third seed and nationally ranked Luke Rebertus placed him in the wrestle backs.
Wrestling gets underway tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with consolation semifinals and place finals. Live video of tomorrow mornings wrestling is available for free on Bison Vision.