Photo of Steven Keith courtesy of Gil Talbot.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Three members of the Harvard wrestling team will compete for a spot on the podium at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Saturday after competing in the opening rounds Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Junior Corey Jantzen, ranked seventh at 149 pounds, sophomore co-captain Walter Peppelman (157) and freshman Cameron Croy (184) picked up at least three wins on the day. Jantzen will wrestle in the championship rounds, while Peppelman and Croy are making their way back through the consolation rounds.
Jantzen won three matches Friday to earn a spot in the semifinals at 149 pounds. The Shoreham-Wading, N.Y., native dominated in his first two matches, downing Andrey Patselov of North Dakota State 19-2 and then pinning Central Michigan's Donnie Corby in 27 seconds. He defeated the seven seed and 18th-ranked Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin, 4-3, in the quarters. Jantzen will wrestle the 11 seed Eric Terrazas of Illinois in the semifinals.
Peppelman picked up his 10th career fall by pinning Joshua Nolan of San Fransisco State in 1:02. In the second match, the 11 seed fell to the six seed and 11th-ranked Peter Young of Virginia Tech in a close 5-1 bout. He responded by downing UNC-Greensboro's Jonathan Rodebaugh in 1:29. He won would have won by technical fall if he had not scored the pin having outscored his opponent by 16 points in just over a minute
Croy is still alive at 184 pounds with a 3-1 record. After earning a 14-6 major decision over Colt Goff of Dickinson State, Croy fell to the two seed and fifth-ranked A.J. Keissel of Purdue. Croy won two straight in the consolation brackets starting with a 19-7 major decision over Brown's Brandon Vorrius and ending with a 4-2 sudden victory win over the No. 10 seed Peter Capone of Ohio State.
Steven Keith went 2-2 at 125 pounds, falling to the top seed and third-ranked Anthony Robles of Arizona State, 8-4. Shay Warren (133), Adam Hogue (165) and Ian Roy (174) each had a win at the tournament.