Wrestling Opens Season Sunday at Binghamton Open

The Crimson will compete at the Binghamton Open in the team's first competition of the year (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team will open its 2011-12 schedule at the Binghamton Open on Sunday, November 13.

2011 NCAA All-American and first team All-Ivy selection Walter Peppelman will lead the Crimson into action. Peppelman begins the year ranked No. 5 in the nation at 157 lbs. after posting a 33-9 record. The junior co-captain owns a 63-26 career mark and is 23 wins shy of entering the school's all-time top 10. His 16 career falls rank 11th in program annals.

Junior Steven Keith earned his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships in 2011 after placing fourth at the EIWA Championships. Keith, a 133-pounder, finished his year 23-17 overall with one fall, three tech falls and six major decisions. Sophomore Cameron Croy, who earned All-Ivy League honorable mention accolades as a freshman, returns at 184 lbs. after posted a 16-19 overall record with two falls and five major decisions.

Senior co-captain Corey Jantzen is slated to return from injury at the conclusion of the fall semester. Jantzen is a two-time NCAA Qualifier and All-Ivy second team selection.

Joining Harvard's strong returning core this season are seven freshman who will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact. James Fox and David Ng are expected to appear in the starting lineup at 197 lbs. and heavyweight, respectively, with Joe Barbato and Max Mejia competing for the starting nod at 125 lbs.

Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, Peppelman, Keith, Croy and Bryan Panzano recently took fans inside the Harvard wrestling program with a series of season previews. Click here to watch the videos now.