Wrestling Falls to Brown and BU Despite 2-0 Days from No. 8 Peppelman and No. 12 Keith

Peppelman and Keith picked up a pair of wins as the Crimson lost to Brown and BU Saturday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 8 Walter Peppelman and No. 12 Steven Keith each went 2-0 on Saturday despite a pair of losses for the Harvard wrestling team. The Crimson first took to the mat in Providence, R.I., where it fell to Brown, 22-17, before dropping a 21-17 decision to Boston University at home in the Malkin Athletic Center.

Harvard (5-8, 2-5 EIWA) opened the day against EIWA foe Brown (7-6, 3-4 EIWA) and was only able to pick up four wins against the Bears. The Crimson trailed by just one point in the team scores after Keith defeated Teodoro Popolizio at 133 lbs., 12-7, but back-to-back wins by Brown at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs. put Harvard in a 10-3 hole. Peppelman earned a 17-0 tech-fall over Zachary Kulczycki at 157 lbs., however, and Ian Roy followed up with a 7-3 decision over Jeffrey Lemmer at 165 lbs. to give the Crimson a slight 11-10 edge.

Brown went on to win each of the next three weight classes for a 22-11 advantage, and despite David Ng's win by forfeit at heavyweight Harvard dropped the match, 22-17.

The Crimson looked to rebound at home against BU as the teams battled for the Charles Cup for the third consecutive year. Harvard once again trailed by one point after Keith posted a 10-0 major decision over Ryan Dowd, but the Terriers earned decisions at the next two weights for an 11-4 edge. Peppelman got the Crimson back on the board with a 6-0 decision against Kristian Meyer before BU got the points right back with a decision at 165 lbs.

Josh Popple and Cameron Croy posted back-to-back victories at 174 lbs. and 184 lbs., respectively, with Popple pinning Kyle Czarnecki at the 3:58 mark and Croy taking a 15-5 major decision against Andrew Swank. The wins put Harvard in front 17-14, but the lead was short lived as a major decision at 197 lbs. regained the lead for the Terriers, 18-17. With the balance of the match hanging on the heavyweights, Kevin Innis topped Ng, 6-1, to put BU over the top, 21-17, and give the Terriers bragging rights between the only two Div. I wrestling programs in the state.

Peppelman improved to 20-4 with his two victories, giving the junior 83 career victories and placing him just three wins shy of 10th place on Harvard's career list. Peppelman has earned bonus points 13 times this season, including eight falls, one tech-fall and four majors.

Keith moved to 26-6 on the year, which represents a new career high in wins. Keith has won at least 20 matches in each of his three years at Harvard, and this season boasts one fall, one tech-fall and nine major decisions.

Harvard returns to the mat tomorrow when it hosts No. 12 Lehigh at the MAC at 12 p.m. Prior to the match the Crimson will honor its two graduating senior student-athletes, Corey Jantzen and Bryan Panzano, in a special Senior Day ceremony.

Brown 22, Harvard 17
125 –
Billy Watterson (Brown) maj. dec. Max Mejia (Harv), 14-3, 4-0
133 – No. 12 Steven Keith (Harv) dec. Teodoro Popolizio (Brown), 12-7, 4-3
141 – Grant Overcashier (Brown) dec. Shay Warren (Harv), 4-1, 7-3
149 – Richard Bailey (Brown) dec. Patrick Hogan (Harv), 13-6, 10-3
157 – No. 8 Walter Peppelman (Harv) tech-fall Zachary Kulczycki (Brown), 17-0 (3:10), 10-8
165 – Ian Roy (Harv) dec. Jeffrey Lemmer (Brown), 7-3, 11-10
174 – Dave Foxen (Brown) dec. Josh Popple (Harv) 11-5, 13-11
184 – Ophir Bernstein (Brown) dec. Cameron Croy (Harv), 9-3, 16-11
197 – Sterling Hecox (Brown) fall Bryan Panzano (Harv), 1:48, 22-11
HWT – David Ng (Harv) win by forfeit, 22-17

Boston University 21, Harvard 17
125 –
Chris McGinley (BU) tech-fall Max Mejia (Harv), 15-0 (5:05), 5-0
133 – No. 12 Steven Keith (Harv) maj. dec. Ryan Dowd (BU), 10-0, 5-4
141 – Tyler Scotton (BU) dec. Shay Warren (Harv), 3-1, 8-4
149 – B.J. Suitor (BU) dec. Patrick Hogan (Harv), 8-1, 11-4
157 – No. 8 Walter Peppelman (Harv) dec. Kristian Meyer (BU), 6-0, 11-7
165 – Mitchell Wightman (BU) dec. Ian Roy (Harv), 3-2, 14-7
174 – Josh Popple (Harv) fall Kyle Czarnecki (BU), 3:58, 14-13
184 – Cameron Croy (Harv) maj. dec. Andrew Swank (BU), 15-5, 17-14
197 – John Hall (BU) maj. dec. Bryan Panzano (Harv), 17-6, 18-17
HWT – Kevin Innis (BU) dec. David Ng (Harv), 6-1, 21-17