Photo of Adam Hogue courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The Harvard wrestling team is on the road again Saturday to open its Ivy League campaign at No. 20 Penn and Princeton.
The Crimson visits Princeton at 10 a.m. and Penn at 2 p.m.
Keep up with the scores at home via the NWCA Live Scorebook. The links for the dual meet against Penn are posted above. There will also be live streaming of the meet at The Palestra.
Last Time Out
Harvard split its dual meets last weekend, defeating Army 21-12, and falling to No. 7 Lehigh, 40-7. The Crimson won seven matches against the Black Knight and two against the Mountain Hawks. Steven Keith and Walter Peppelman won both their matches on the weekend.
Princeton enters the dual against Harvard with a 3-6 record. The Tigers finished 23rd at the Southern Scuffle behind eighth-place finishes by Garrett Frey (125) and Daniel Kolodzok (157).
Frey is ranked 17th in the nation and sports a 21-5 record. Kolodzik is 10-18 on the year.
Princeton takes on Brown Saturday evening and travels to Penn Sunday.
The Tigers leads the all-time series, 45-32-3, after Princeton won its first match over the Crimson since 1995 last year. Harvard had won 13 of the previous 14 matches against the Tigers. The only time the Crimson was not victorious during that stretch was in 2003 when the teams tied.
The Quakers enter the weekend with a 6-4 overall record and have won three of their last four matches. Penn lost to Hofstra, 18-15, Sunday afternoon after winning three straight. No. 10 Zach Kemmerer (141) and No. 19 Mark Rappo (125) pace the team in wins with 27 and 20 respectively. Rollie Peterkin (133) is 16-1 overall and ranked fifth in the nation, while Micah Burak (197) is sixth with a 21-3 record.
Penn takes on Brown at 10 a.m.
Penn leads the series with Harvard, 37-30-2. The first meeting took place in 1929 and the teams have met annual since 1954. The Quakers have won 20 in a row against the Crimson. Harvard's last win against the Quakers came in 1990, when the Crimson defeated Penn, 27-9 at home.
Talk About Offense
Walter Peppelman leads the team in wins with 19 victories this season. Peppelman has scored bonus points in 11 of those 19 wins, including five wins by major decision, three by technical fall and four by fall.
Welcome Back Captain
Senior co-captain Andrew Knapp returned to the mat against Rutgers. It was his first competition since the EIWA Championships in March 2009.
Corey Jantzen and Walter Peppelman each have three and four wins by fall this season, respectively. Jantzen has 10 collegiate pins, while Peppelman has picked up 11 so far. Overall the Crimson has eight wins by fall on the year.
Walter Peppelman is ranked as high as eighth in the nation at 157 pounds.
The Crimson is doing its share of community service each year. During the month of January, Harvard wrestlers will volunteer with the Mission Hill After School Program to tutor residents of the Alice Taylor housing complex, a low income section of Roxbury. Earlier in the year, Jackson Salovarra '11 organized an event where Harvard went to church near campus to help weatherize the church rectory. The Crimson spent all day insulating and closing the house up for the winter which in turn will save the rectory thousands of dollars in the long run. These projects are just a small sample of how this program gives back to the community!
Pack the MAC
The Crimson returns to Cambridge in two weeks to take on Brown and Hofstra (Feb. 12), followed by Columbia (Feb. 18) and Cornell (Feb. 19) to close out the dual season.
On the Horizon
Harvard travels to cross town rival Boston University for the Charles Cup Friday at 6 p.m. Then returns home for its homecoming Saturday against Brown and Hofstra.