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No. 8 Peppelman Moves to Third Place on Career Pins List, Wrestling Falls to No. 12 Lehigh

Peppelman recorded his ninth fall of the year and the 25th of his career against Lehigh on Sunday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 8 Walter Peppelman moved into third place on Harvard's all-time falls list with the 25th pin of his career, as the Crimson wrestling team lost its home finale Sunday to No. 12 Lehigh, 40-6.

Peppelman earned the fall over Brian Tanen at the 4:56 mark to pick up Harvard's (5-9, 2-6 EIWA) lone win of the day. The junior co-captain was in control for the entirety of the match, scoring a takedown early into the first period and riding Tanen for the remainder of the frame. The two began the second period neutral and Peppelman again scored an early takedown for a 4-0 lead. A stalling call against Tanen and three back points gave Peppelman an 8-0 advantage before he earned the fall just before the end of the period.

Peppelman is now 21-4 on the year with nine falls, one tech-fall and four major decisions. His 25 career falls tie him with Joey Killar '00 for third place on Harvard's all-time pins list, while his 84 career wins are two shy of 10th place in the school record books. Peppelman's nine falls this season are one off his career high of 10, which currently ranks ninth on the program's single-season list.

The big upset of the day came at 133 lbs. when Mason Beckman pinned No. 12 Steven Keith with only six seconds remaining in the first period. Beckman got in on Keith's leg and the two scrambled for several seconds before the pin was awarded with the two still neutral.

Cameron Croy attempted to upstage Beckman with an even bigger upset over No. 3 Robert Hamlin at 184 lbs., and took a 2-0 lead off a double-leg early in the match. Croy got in on Hamlin a second time after an escape by the Mountain Hawk, but this time Hamlin was able to counter and scored the takedown himself for a 3-2 edge. A Croy escape in the second sent the match into the third period tied at three, where Hamlin took over en route to the 13-7 win.

Harvard will wrap up the dual meet portion of its schedule against Columbia Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in New York City.

No. 12 Lehigh 40, Harvard 6
125 –
Alexander Abreu (Lehigh) dec. Max Mejia (Harv), 8-2, 3-0
133 – Mason Beckman (Lehigh) fall No. 12 Steven Keith (Harv), 2:54, 9-0
141 – No. 18 Steve Dutton (Lehigh) maj. dec. Shay Warren (Harv), 10-2, 13-0
149 – Shane Welsh (Lehigh) maj. dec. Patrick Hogan (Harv), 15-2, 17-0
157 – No. 8 Walter Peppelman (Harv) fall Brian Tanen (Lehigh), 4:56, 17-6
165 – Sean Bilodeau (Lehigh) fall Ian Roy (Harv), 4:50, 23-6
174 – Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) maj. dec. Josh Popple (Harv), 12-2, 27-6
184 – No. 3 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. Cameron Croy (Harv), 30-6
197 – No. 11 Joseph Kennedy (Lehigh) fall Bryan Panzano (Harv), 0:23, 36-6
HWT – No. 3 Zach Rey (Lehigh) maj. dec. David Ng (Harv), 12-3, 40-6