Jantzen Returns to Harvard Lineup As Crimson Opens Dual Meet Schedule

Jantzen returned to the Crimson lineup to post a 2-0 record, including a win over the third-ranked 149-pounder in the nation (Gil Talbot).

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Harvard University wrestling team welcomed the return of senior co-captain Corey Jantzen to its lineup as it opened the dual meet portion of its schedule Friday against Rider and Rutgers. The Crimson defeated Rider 22-15 in its first dual of the day before falling to No. 24 Rutgers, 33-12.

Jantzen, a two-time NCAA Qualifier, won both of his bouts at 149 lbs. after missing the last two semester's worth of competition due to injury. He cruised to a 10-0 major decision against Rider's Connor Brennan in his first match, scoring two takedowns in the first period and adding takedowns in the second and third periods, respectively. In the biggest upset of the day, Jantzen then took out previously unbeaten No. 3 Mario Mason of Rutgers by a score of 7-4 in tiebreakers.

After a scoreless first period, Mason jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a reversal and two back points in the second, but an escape and takedown by Jantzen moved the score to 4-3 heading into the third. Jantzen evened the score at four with a third-period escape, sending the match into overtime. Neither grappler could score in the sudden victory period, and Jantzen was able to ride out Mason in the first portion of the tiebreaker. Jantzen then scored an escape in the second portion of the tiebreaker, and sealed the victory with a takedown before time expired.

No. 5 Walter Peppelman and No. 13 Steven Keith also went 2-0 on the day. Peppelman earned both of his victories by pin fall at 157 lbs., defeating Rider's Ramon Santiago at the 1:09 mark and Rutger's Dave Seidenberg at 1:38. The junior improved to 11-3 on the year and now ranks seventh in program history with 20 career falls.

Keith moved his season record to 18-6 at 133 lbs. with a 4-1 decision over Jimmy Morris of Rutgers and a 2-0 decision over Michael DeMarco of Rutgers.

The Crimson found itself in a 6-0 hole against Rider after a forfeit at 125 lbs. Trailing 9-3, the victories by Jantzen and Peppelman put Harvard ahead 13-9 but the Broncs bounced back with wins at 165 lbs. and 174 lbs. for a 15-13 edge. Cameron Croy, James Fox and David Ng won three straight decisions to end the match, however, giving the Crimson the 22-15 victory.

Wins by Keith, Jantzen and Peppelman helped Harvard keep pace with Rutgers midway through the second dual, but the Scarlet Knights won five straight bouts to take the win, 33-12.

Harvard will wrestle two more duals tomorrow, Jan. 7. The Crimson will first visit Millersville at 12 p.m. before traveling to EIWA foe Franklin & Marshall at 3 p.m.

Harvard 22, Rider 15
125 –
Chuck Zeisloft (RU) forfeit Harvard, 6-0
133 – No. 13 Steven Keith (HU) dec. Jimmy Morris (RU), 4-1, 6-3
141 – Jimmy Kirchner (RU) dec. Patrick Hogan (HU), 5-3, 9-3
149 – Corey Jantzen (HU) major dec. Connor Brennan, 10-0, 9-7
157 – No. 5 Walter Peppelman (HU) fall Ramon Santiago, 1:09, 13-9
165 – James Brundage (RU) dec. Ian Roy (HU), 4-2, 13-12
174 – No. 13 Jim Resnick (RU) dec. Josh Popple (HU), 9-2, 15-13
184 – Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Brandon Lintner (RU), 10-4, 16-15
197 – James Fox (HU) dec. Donald McNeil 4-0, 19-15
HWT – David Ng (HU) dec. Evan Craig (RU), 3-2, 22-15

No. 24 Rutgers 33, Harvard 12
125 –
Vincent Dellefave (RU) forfeit Harvard, 6-0
133 – No. 13 Steven Keith (HU) dec. Michael DeMarco (RU), 2-0, 6-3
141 – Billy Ashnault (RU) fall Patrick Hogan (HU), 0:46, 12-3
149 – Corey Jantzen (HU) dec. No. 3 Mario Mason (RU), 7-4 TB1, 12-6
157 – No. 5 Walter Peppelman (HU) fall Dave Seidenberg (RU), 1:38, 12-12
165 – No. 11 Scott Winston (RU) fall Ian Roy (HU), 4:50, 18-12
174 – No. 16 Greg Zannetti (Ru) fall Josh Popple (HU), 5:33, 24-12
184 – Dan Seidenberg (RU) dec. Cameron Croy (HU), 4-1, 27-12
197 – Dan Rinaldi (RU) dec. James Fox (HU), 8-2, 30-12
HWT – Dan Hopkins (RU) dec. David Ng (HU), 6-3, 33-12