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No. 23 Wrestling Welcomes Penn and Princeton to the MAC

The Crimson will continue its homestand Saturday against Penn and Princeton (OAC).

The Story Line
The No. 23 Harvard wrestling team will continue its homestand with a pair of duals Saturday, Feb. 4 against Penn and Princeton. The Quakers will visit the Malkin Athletic Center at 10 a.m. with the Tigers schedule to take to the mat against the Crimson at 2 p.m. 

Rank and File
The Crimson moved up two places to No. 23 in this week's InterMat tournament strength rankings, marking the third straight week the team has appeared in the poll. The Crimson remain as one of only four EIWA squads to be featured in the top 25, behind No. 4 Cornell, No. 11 American and No. 13 Lehigh. The Big 10 leads the nation with eight teams in the top 25, while the EIWA and BIG 12 rank second with four apiece.

Walter Peppelman is in his second week as the No. 4 wrestler in the nation at 157 lbs. Peppelman had spent the previous month ranked at No. 5, and has been featured in the top 10 all season long. The senior co-captain is 17-3 overall with a perfect 9-0 record in dual meets, and boasts 14 bonus point victories on the year, including eight pins. Peppelman won a 12-0 major decision against Army's Jimmy Rafferty this past weekend, marking his ninth consecutive victory and his ninth consecutive match without allowing a point.

149-pounder Corey Jantzen remains at No. 8 in the 149 lbs. rankings. Jantzen has posted a 7-2 mark this season, including an 11-0 major decision on Saturday against Ryan Bilyeu of Army. The senior has notched four win with bonus points and has knocked off two opponents ranked seventh or higher.

Steven Keith has been bumped up one position to No. 12 at 133 lbs. Keith, who has missed the last two weeks due to illness, is 22-6 on the year with a 6-1 record in duals. The junior has posted three wins against top 15 opponents and is 1-1 against Penn's projected starter at 133 lbs., No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio.

Projected Lineups

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No. 23 Harvard (4-5, 1-3 EIWA)
Max Mejia (1-3), 0-0
No. 12 Steven Keith (22-6, 6-1) or
Ryan Osleeb (3-6, 1-0)
Patrick Hogan (2-11, 2-7) or
Shay Warren (2-5, 0-0)
No. 8 Corey Jantzen (7-2, 7-2)
No. 4 Walter Peppelman (17-3, 9-0)
Ian Roy (1-8, 0-4)
Josh Popple (5-3, 5-3) or
Bryan Panzano (1-7, 0-1)
Cameron Croy (13-10, 5-4)
James Fox (18-10, 6-3)
David Ng (7-12, 3-6)

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Penn (4-5, 1-2)
Karim Shafi (2-3, 0-2)
No. 14 Bryan Ortenzio (21-2, 9-0)

No. 13 Zack Kemmerer (17-3, 7-1) or Mark Pinero (7-5, 0-1)
Steve Robertson (19-6, 6-3)
Troy Hernandez (4-14, 1-8)
Lorenzo Thomas (16-8, 6-4)
Ian Korb (13-12, 3-6)

Erich Smith (13-12, 3-8)
No. 9 Micah Burak (11-3, 7-2)
Steve Graziano (8-4, 3-0) or
Anthony DiLonardo (3-10, 2-4)

 

Wt.
125:

133:

141:

149:

157:
165:
174:

184:
197:
HWT:

No. 23 Harvard (4-5, 1-3 EIWA)
Max Mejia (1-3), 0-0

No. 12 Steven Keith (22-6, 6-1) or
Ryan Osleeb (3-6, 1-0)
Patrick Hogan (2-11, 2-7) or
Shay Warren (2-5, 0-0)
No. 8 Corey Jantzen (7-2, 7-2)

No. 4 Walter Peppelman (17-3, 9-0)
Ian Roy (1-8, 0-4)
Josh Popple (5-3, 5-3) or
Bryan Panzano (1-7, 0-1)
Cameron Croy (13-10, 5-4)
James Fox (18-10, 6-3)
David Ng (7-12, 3-6)

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Princeton (5-8, 1-3 EIWA)
Garrett Frey (23-8) or
Ryan Cash (0-0)
Chris Perez (16-9) or
Joe DeQuinzio (5-2)
No. 14 Adam Krop (23-6)

Zach Bintliff (11-12) or
Luis Ramos (2-6)
No. 19 Daniel Kolodzik (23-7)
Rich Eva (7-15)
Andy Lowy (15-8) or
Ryan Callahan (4-4)
Daniel Santoro (16-14)
Kurt Brendel (14-15)
Charles Fox (2-6)

Mic'd Up
Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, was wired for sound when the Crimson hosted Army in its home opener Jan. 28. Click here to watch and listen as Harvard battled back from a 15-0 hole only to come up one win shy in its comeback attempt.

Streaking
Senior co-captain Walter Peppelman has won nine straight matches to improve to 17-3 on the year. Peppelman has not allowed a single point during this streak, which has included six first-period falls and two major decisions.

Infusion of Youth
Harvard's lineup features eight freshmen, four of which have been fixtures in the starting lineup. 197-pounder James Fox has burst onto the scene with an 18-10 record, and was ranked No. 26 in the first of three coaches' panel rankings released by the NCAA. David Ng has carried the load at heavyweight all season long to the tune of a 7-12 record, while Josh Popple recently joined the lineup after missing the fall semester due to injury and has posted a 5-3 record since his return. Joe Barbato and Max Mejia have split time at 125 lbs. and have combined for a 3-12 mark.  

What a Start
Harvard went 3-1 to open the dual meet portion of its schedule, marking the team's best start to a season since going 5-1 in 1995-96. The Crimson defeated Rider, 22-15, before falling at No. 24 Rutgers, 33-12, and then posted victories at Millersville, 43-0, and Franklin & Marshall, 29-12. 

Shut 'Em Down
The Crimson posted a shutout at Franklin & Marshall, dominating the Diplomats to the tune of 43-0. This was Harvard's first shutout since defeating Boston College 31-0 on Feb. 9, 2002 at the MAC, while the team's 43 points scored were the most since a 50-0 win at home over Columbia on Feb. 9, 2001. 

Twice As Nice
Harvard earned EIWA Wrestler of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks in the form of Corey Jantzen (Jan. 9) and Walter Peppelman (Jan. 16). Jantzen garnered his second career wrestler of the week accolade after going 4-0 in his return to the Crimson lineup, including a 7-4 tiebreakers decision over then unbeaten and third-ranked Mario Mason of Rutgers. Peppelman went 3-0 at the Lone Star Duals to earn the award for the first time in his career with a pair of pins and a 2-0 decision over Oklahoma's Matt Lester, currently ranked No. 15. 

Free Fallin'
Senior co-captain Walter Peppelman currently ranks fourth in Harvard history with 24 career pins, and is one shy of tying Joey Killar '00 for third place. His 80 career wins, meanwhile, put him six short of entering the school's all-time top 10.

On the Podium
The Crimson competed in four tournaments to being the year and put a total of 15 grapplers on the podium. Six Crimson placed at the Binghamton Open, led by Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith who each took third. Peppelman earned the first tournament title of his career as seven Harvard wrestlers placed at the Keystone Classic, while both Keith (3rd) and freshman James Fox (7th) stood atop the podium at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Keith also took eighth at the Midlands Championships to lead a contingent of four Crimson who competed in the tournament.