No. 12 Keith and No. 6 Peppelman Named to All-Ivy Wrestling Teams

Keith and Peppelman were named All-Ivy Monday after leading the Crimson in wins (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE Mass. – Harvard’s Steven Keith and Walter Peppelman have been named to the 2012 All-Ivy League Wrestling teams, with Keith being a unanimous first team selection and Peppelman earning second team honors.

Keith has put together his best season yet as a member of the Crimson and leads the team with 27 wins and 10 major decisions at 133 lbs. The junior has posted four wins over opponents ranked in the InterMat top 15, including a pair of victories over second team All-Ivy selection Bryan Ortenzio of Penn. Keith, who is currently ranked 12th in the nation and has been ranked as high as No. 9 this year, placed third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and eighth at the Midlands Championships.

This is the first All-Ivy selection of Keith’s career, as he is one of eight members of the first team to be voted unanimously.

Peppelman is currently ranked sixth by InterMat and boasts an overall record of 22-4. He has recorded a team-high nine falls this season, including six consecutive from Jan. 6 to Jan. 14, and has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the country at 157 lbs. Peppelman earned the first tournament title of his career at the Keystone Classic, and has won 14 of his last 15 bouts.

Peppelman was a unanimous first team selection a year ago before going on to earn NCAA All-America status with an eighth-place finish at the national championships.

Harvard has had 148 student-athletes named All-Ivy League since the award was first established in 1970. The Crimson has earned at least one first team selection each year since 1996 and has had at least one student-athlete named All-Ivy each year since 1977.