No. 8 Keith placed fifth at 141 lbs. as the Crimson opened the 2012-13 season (Gil Talbot).
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The No. 23 Harvard wrestling team placed three on the podium at Sunday's Binghamton Open to kick start the 2012-13 campaign.
Freshman Jeffrey Ott highlighted the Crimson's performance with a second-place finish at 125 lbs. in his first collegiate tournament. Ott opened the day with a fall over Binghamton's Mike Sardo at the 4:35 mark and followed it up with a 16-0 tech-fall over Princeton's Max Rogers. The Chelmsford, Mass. native then dispatched Bobby Rehm of Lock Haven with a 10-5 decision to advance to the semifinals, and moved on to the finals by pinning Brown's Billy Watterson just 1:12 into their bout.
Ott nearly completed the championship run but fell just short in an 8-7 decision to fellow freshman Nashon Garrett of Cornell.
Also placing for the Crimson were No. 8 Steven Keith and Cameron Croy. Keith took fifth at 141 lbs. after cruising to the semifinals. He began the day with a 13-3 major decision against Angelo Silvestro who was competing for the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club and earned a 10-1 major decision over Princeton's Kyle Moran in his second bout. Keith earned a narrow 6-5 decision over Penn's Charles Cobb but was pinned by Joe Stanzione from Cornell to end his title hopes. The senior co-captain also fell to No. 6 Mike Nevinger from Cornell before bouncing back with a 15-0 tech-fall against Rutger's Ken Theobold in the fifth-place match.
Croy also placed fifth at 184 lbs. but had a more difficult road to the podium after dropping a 5-3 decision to Cornell's Craig Scott in the quarterfinals. The junior responded with an 11-3 major decision over Rider's Ryan Wolfe and a 5-3 decision over teammate Josh Popple in the wrestlebacks before succumbing to Finger Lakes Wrestling Club's Gabe Dean in the consolation semifinals, 17-8. Croy then took out Scott Gibbons from Princeton with a 4-3 decision to place fifth.
Harvard also received strong performance's from senior Shay Warren and sophomore David Ng. Warren won his first two bouts at 133 lbs., the first by an 11-5 decision over Brown's Dan Flowers and the second a first-period fall over Lock Haven's Colton Dalberth, before suffering a 6-3 loss to No. 14 Nick Arujau from Cornell. Warren also picked up an 11-1 major decision against Rider's Rob Cigna before retiring from the tournament.
Ng earned a 5-0 decision over Drexel's Kyle Stanton to begin the day but was dropped to the wrestleback bracket via a 3-2 loss to Hofstra's Zeal McGrew. The sophomore then picked up a 10-5 decision over James Trull from Hofstra and a 5-4 decision over Anthony Dilonardo from Penn before exiting the competition.
No. 6 Walter Peppelman, wrestling unattached, earned a 16-0 tech-fall against Princeton's Kyle Roddy and pinned Penn's Raaheim Bethea at the 1:23 mark to advance to the quarterfinals. Peppelman then fell 3-2 to Nestor Taffur of Boston and 5-3 to James Vollratch of Penn State to finish his day.
Harvard returns to action next Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa.