Fox picked up his first win of the year with a 15-2 major decision (Gil Talbot).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Harvard wrestling team led nearly the entire way but came up just short as a fall in the final bout allowed American to escape with a 21-19 victory over the Crimson Friday night.
Harvard (1-1, 0-1 EIWA) won at five weight classes and received bonus points in three matches, but a pair of pins by the Eagles (2-2, 1-0 EIWA) proved to be the difference.
No. 8 Walter Peppelman opened the night with a convincing technical fall over Mark Cirello at 157 lbs., 18-0. Peppelman controlled the action from the opening whistle and used a tilt to rack up back points before ending the match with a reversal and back points at the 5:25 mark. The win was the 96th of Peppelman's career, moving him four victories shy of joining Harvard's 100-win club.
American got on the board at 165 lbs. as Phillip Barreiro knocked off Devon Gobbo, 9-4. Cameron Croy extended Harvard's lead in the team score with the Crimson's second bonus-point victory of the evening at 174 lbs., earning a 14-6 major decision over Keithen Cast.
The 184 lbs. bout came down to the final seconds but it was American's Thomas Barreiro who came out on top against Josh Popple, 5-4. James Fox rebounded for the Crimson and picked up a 15-2 major decision over Devon Bradley at 197 lbs., narrowly missing the tech-fall with a last second attempt for back points at the edge of the mat.
The Eagles gained their first lead of the night with back-to-back wins at heavyweight and 125 lbs. Blake Herrin registered a 12-5 decision over David Ng before David Terao pinned Jeffrey Ott midway through the third period, putting American on top of the team scores, 15-13.
Harvard regained its advantage, 16-15, as Ryan Osleeb defeated Esteban Gomez-Rivera at 133 lbs. by a score of 4-2. Osleeb led the entire match with a pair of takedowns and fended off a last minute attack by Gomez-Rivera for the win. No. 10 Steven Keith extended the Crimson's margin to four points, 19-15, with a 4-1 decision over John Boyle at 141 lbs.
The match turned at 149 lbs. as Kevin Tao pinned Alexis Wagener at the 1:17 mark to give the Eagles the 21-19 win in the team scores.
Harvard returns to action tomorrow as it faces No. 21 Maryland and Stanford in College Park, Md. The Crimson will first take to the mat against the Terrapins at 12 p.m. before battling the Cardinal at 3 p.m.
American 21, Harvard 19
157 - No. 8 Walter Peppelman (HU) tech-fall Mark Cirello (AU), 18-0 (5:25), 5-0
165 - Phillip Barreiro (AU) dec. Devon Gobbo (HU), 9-4, 5-3
174 - Cameron Croy (HU) major dec. Keithen Cast (AU), 14-6, 9-3
184 - Thomas Barreiro (AU) dec. Josh Popple (HU), 5-4, 9-6
197 - James Fox (HU) major dec. Devon Bradley (AU), 15-2, 13-6
HWT - Blake Herrin (AU) dec. David Ng (HU), 12-5, 13-9
125 - David Terao (AU) fall Jeffrey Ott (HU), 5:40, 13-15
133 - Ryan Osleeb (HU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 4-2, 16-15
141 - No. 10 Steven Keith (HU) dec. John Boyle (AU), 4-1, 19-15
149 - Kevin Tao (AU) fall Alexis Wagener (HU), 1:17, 19-21