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No. 25 Wrestling Falls in Dual-Meet Finale at Columbia, 30-12

Peppelman, Keith, Popple and Fox picked up wins for the Crimson in the team's dual-meet finale (Gil Talbot).

New York, N.Y. – The No. 25 Harvard wrestling team closed out the dual meet portion of its schedule on Saturday with a 30-12 loss at Columbia. The Crimson posted four wins on the day as it fell to 5-10 overall, 2-7 in the EIWA.

Columbia (8-4, 4-3 EIWA) opened the day with a 34-4 win over Brown and kept the momentum going against Harvard with a 10-5 decision at 125 lbs. No. 12 Steven Keith put the Crimson on the board and tied the match at 3-3 with a 5-0 victory over Kyle Gilchrist at 133 lbs., his team-leading 27th win of the year. Keith showed good defense against Gilchrist's ankle pick early in the first period, and worked his way to a takedown and back points for a 4-0 lead. The wrestlers took the same score into the third period, where an escape gave Keith the final 5-0 margin.

The Lions picked up wins at 141 lbs. and 149 lbs., however, to open a 12-3 margin. It took two overtime periods to decide the 141 lbs. bout, as Matt Bystol edged Shay Warren, 3-1. Steve Santos posted the first bonus points of the day when he pinned Patrick Hogan at 149 lbs.

No. 7 Walter Peppelman posted a 5-0 decision over Jake O'Hara at 157 lbs. to move the team scores to 12-6. Peppelman held a 2-0 lead after the first period, and went up 3-0 in the third after a stalling call against O'Hara. An escape and riding time advantage gave the junior co-captain the win, moving him to 22-4 on the year and marking his 14th win in his last 15 matches. Peppelman owns a career record of 85-30, and is one win shy of entering the program's all-time top 10.

Ian Roy held a 2-1 advantage after the first period of his 165 lbs. bout and went into the third period against Eren Civan tied, 2-2, but Civan earned a fall at the 6:44 mark after countering a Roy shot to give Columbia an 18-6 advantage. Josh Popple pulled the Crimson within 18-9 with his 5-2 decision over Stephen West at 174 lbs. before Shane Hughes secured Columbia's victory with a first-period fall over Bryan Panzano at 184 lbs. Popple, who has been limited this season due to injury, is 8-6 overall.

James Fox returned to the Harvard lineup at 197 lbs. after missing the last two weeks and earned a 4-2 decision against Nick Mills to move to 19-10 on the year. Kevin Lester finished off the dual for Columbia with a first-period fall over David Ng at heavyweight.

Harvard will now turn its attention to the 2012 EIWA Championships, being held this year March 3-4 in Princeton, N.J. For more information on the tournament, click here.

Columbia 30, No. 25 Harvard 12
125 –
Robert Dyer (Col) dec. Max Mejia (Harv), 10-5, 3-0
133 – No. 12 Steven Keith (Harv) dec. Kyle Gilchrist (Col), 5-0, 3-3
141 – Matt Bystol (Col) dec. Shay Warren (Harv), 3-1 SV2, 6-3
149 – Steve Santos (Col) fall Patrick Hogan (Harv), 5:34, 12-3
157 – No. 7 Walter Peppelman (Harv) dec. Jake O'Hara (Col), 5-0, 12-6
165 – Eren Civan (Col) fall Ian Roy (Harv), 6:44, 18-6
174 – Josh Popple (Harv) dec. Stephen West (Col), 5-2, 18-9
184 – Shane Hughes (Col) fall Bryan Panzano (Harv), 2:22, 24-9
197 – James Fox (Harv) dec. Nick Mills (Col), 4-2, 24-12
HWT – Kevin Lester (Col) fall David Ng (Harv), 0:24, 30-12