Photo of Corey Jantzen courtesy of Danielle Hobeika.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two Harvard wrestlers stood on the podium at the 29th Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational Saturday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Junior Corey Jantzen finished second at 149 pounds while unranked Walter Peppelman placed fourth at 157 pounds knocking off several ranked opponents during his run.
Jantzen came up just short of repeating as champion in Las Vegas, falling to top seed and third-ranked Jason Chamberlin of Boise State, 4-2. He scored the first takedown and nearly rode out Chamberlain before the Boise State grappler escaped in the first. Jantzen, leading 2-1 after the first, chose bottom to start the second and was unable to escape. Chamberlain began the third period of bottom and earned the 1 point with an escape and then took Jantzen down as the clock was winding down to earn the victory. Jantzen earned a spot in the finals by defeating Eric Terrazas of Illinois Saturday morning in the semis. He went 4-1in the tournament with a technical fall and pin.
After losing his second round match, Peppelman wrestled his way back to the third-place match by knocking off four nationally ranked wrestlers in the process. In the match to advance to the third-place bout, Peppelman defeated fourth-ranked Colt Sponseller of Ohio State 9-2. Harvard's co-captain fell in his final match to Navy's Bryce Saddarias, the top seed and No. 8 grappler.
Harvard breaks for final exams and winter break. The Crimson returns to action at the Midlands Championships in late December.