Peppelman Seeded 11th as 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships Brackets are Announced
Peppelman, Keith and Fox will represent the Crimson on wrestling's biggest stage (Robert Preston).
The three earned a trip to the national tournament thanks to their placement at last week's EIWA Championships. Peppelman and Fox both finished as the runner-up in their respective weight classes while Keith placed fourth to punch his ticket. This will mark the fourth time in the last five years that Harvard has sent at least three individuals to Nationals.
Peppelman was the lone Crimson to earn a seed and will enter the tournament as the No. 11 seed at 157 lbs. The two-time All-American will be matched up against Spartak Chino of Ohio in the first round. Should he advance to the second round, he will meet either sixth-seeded Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State or Ryan Watts of Michigan State.
Peppelman will be making his third straight appearance at NCAA's and placed eighth at 157 lbs. each of the last two years. Should he earn All-America status again, he would join former national champions Jesse Jantzen '04 and J.P. O'Connor '10 as one of only three three-time All-Americans in program history. He enters the tournament with an 18-3 record, including four falls, and ranks sixth in program history with 110 career victories.
Keith will face Oklahoma State's Julian Feikert in the first round of the 141 lbs. bracket and could face either top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State or Joseph Spisak of Virginia in the second round. Keith, one of four four-time NCAA qualifiers in Crimson history, earned All-America status for the first time last year after placing eighth at 133 lbs. He has posted 28-8 record this season with seven major decisions, one technical fall and two falls. His 105 career victories are seventh most in program history.
Fox is making his second consecutive trip to the national tournament at 197 lbs. after qualifying a year ago as a true freshman. He is 13-4 on the season and has recorded three major decisions. Fox has been pitted against Ohio's Phillip Wellington in the first round with a potential second round matchup against either Kent State's Dustin Kilgore, the No. 1 seed, or Iowa's Nathan Burak.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa March 21-23. The tournament will be broadcast in its entirety live on the ESPN family of networks. For complete tournament details, click here.