Wrestling Travels to West Point for Sunday Tilt at Army

The Crimson will look to pick up its first EIWA victory Sunday at Army (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard wrestling team returns to the mat this weekend as it visits EIWA foe Army Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. A live video stream will be available through by clicking here.

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  • No. 8 @WalterPeppelman became the 7th member of @HarvardWrestlin's 100-win club with a 4-2 SV decision over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers
  • No. 13 Steven Keith is on pace to become the next member of @HarvardWrestlin's 100-win club and boasts 95 career victories
  • No. 8 @WalterPeppelman has won six straight matches entering the weekend including 4 with bonus points
  • 2012 NCAA Qualifier James Fox picked up 2 wins last weekend to improve to 4-2 after missing the first half of the year due to an injury
  • .@HarvardWrestlin has crowned at least 1 All-American in each of the last 7 years and boasts 19 All-American's over the last 15 years

Rank and File
A pair of Crimson are currently featured in the InterMat individual rankings, including two-time All-American Walter Peppelman. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has posted an 8-2 record this season with a 6-0 mark in dual meets, and is the eighth-ranked grappler at 157 lbs. Steven Keith, who earned All-America status last season at 133 lbs., is 5-1 in duals with an overall record of 18-6 wrestling at 141 lbs. and comes in this week ranked No. 13.

History in the Making
No. 8 Walter Peppelman became the seventh member of Harvard's 100-win club last weekend with a 4-2 decision in sudden victory over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. The last Crimson to reach 100 wins was 2010 NCAA Champion and current assistant coach J.P. O'Connor '10 who finished his career tied with Jesse Jantzen '04 for the most wins in program history at 132. All seven members of Harvard's 100-win club have been coached by Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.

No. 13 Steven Keith is also well on his way to becoming a member of Harvard's 100-win club as he comes into the weekend with 95 career victories.

Related Link: Harvard Wrestling Media Center

Harvard's Projected Lineups





Harvard (2-4, 0-3 EIWA)
Jeffrey Ott (11-12, 2-4)
Ryan Osleeb (7-9, 3-3)
No. 10 Steven Keith (18-6, 5-1)
Patrick Hogan (3-4, 0-0)
Alexis Wagener (0-6, 0-2)
Todd Preston (2-2, 2-2)
No. 8 Walter Peppelman (8-2, 6-0)
Devon Gobbo (5-7, 1-5)
Cameron Croy (16-9, 4-2)
Ian Roy (4-4, 0-0)
Josh Popple (6-9, 1-5)
James Fox (4-2, 4-2)
David Ng (5-8, 1-2)
Nicholas Gajdzik (4-7, 0-3)



Last Time Out
Senior co-captain Walter Peppelman became just the seventh wrestler in Crimson history to reach 100 career wins Saturday with a dramatic 4-2 sudden victory decision over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, however, won seven of 10 weight classes to defeat Harvard in the team scores, 26-9.

Related Article: Peppelman Joins 100-Win Club as Wrestling Hosts Rutgers

Young Guns
Harvard's lineup features seven talented underclassmen headlines by 2012 NCAA Qualifier James Fox. The sophomore missed the first half of the season due to an injury but posted two wins last weekend to improve to 4-2. Freshman Jeffrety Ott has started all season at 125 lbs. and has gained valuable experience wrestling four matches against nationally ranked opponents, including a 4-0 win over Maryland's Shane Gentry who was ranked 17th at the time. Fellow freshman Devon Gobbo also missed the first portion of the year due to an injury but boasts a 10-6 win over Northwestern's Pierce Harger, then ranked 11th, in his first collegiate match.

The Sights and Sounds of Harvard Wrestling
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, was wired for sound when the team opened its dual meet schedule against Rider on Jan. 5.

Top Plays introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

Tournament Tested
Harvard competed in four tournaments to begin the 2012-13 campaign, including the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. No. 10 Steven Keith placed in each of the first three tournaments to open the season, taking fifth at the BU Open, third at the Keystone Classic and fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Cameron Croy was fifth at the BU Open and second at the Keystone Classic, while Jeffrey Ott made his collegiate debut with a second-place finish at the BU Open before taking sixth at the Keystone Classic.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Peppelman, serving as captain for a third straight season, has placed eighth at the NCAA's as a 157-pounder each of the last two seasons. His 94 career wins rank seventh in program history while his 27 falls rank third.

Keith earned All-America status for the first time last season with an eighth-place performance at 133 lbs. He has moved up to 141 lbs. this season and enters the weekend ranked ninth in program history with 90 career victories.

Up Next
Harvard will take a week off before heading to Pennsylvania to face Penn and Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 9 and No. 14 Lehigh Sunday, Feb. 10.