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Wrestling Concludes Appearance at 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships

Peppelman and Keith will graduate ranked among Harvard's all-time wins leaders (Robert Preston).

DES MOINES, Iowa – Seniors Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith concluded their careers Friday afternoon on the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Both Peppelman and Keith will graduate with their places in Harvard wrestling history firmly cemented. Peppelman, a two-time All-American, ranks sixth all-time with 108 career wins and is one of just seven grapplers in program annals to earn multiple All-America honors. Keith, meanwhile, ranks seventh with 104 career victories and became an All-American a year ago.

Peppelman, the 11th-seeded wrestler at 157 lbs., put himself in a hole early on Thursday as he was pinned by Ohio's Spartak Chino at the 1:05 mark in the first round. The senior bounced back in the consolation bracket, earning a 3-1 decision over Jake O'Hara of Columbia to advance to Friday. The three-time captain saw his tournament run come to an end during the morning session, however, as he was defeated by fifth-seeded James Flemming of Clarion, 9-0.

Keith found himself at the other end of the spectrum as he opened his tournament with a fall over Oklahoma State's Julian Feikert 39 seconds into the second period. Keith was met by top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State in the second round and dropped a 7-3 decision to the Buckeye, but came back on Friday with an 8-3 decision over Penn State's Bryan Pearsall in his first bout. Keith was then bounced from the tournament via a 7-4 loss to Minnesota's Nick Dardanes, the eighth seed.

Sophomore James Fox, in his second appearance at the national championship, went 0-2 on Thursday to be eliminated from the tournament. Fox opened with a 9-4 loss to Phillip Wellington of Ohio and fell to Iowa's Nathan Burak in the wrestlebacks, 4-0.