Standing-Room-Only Crowd on Hand as Wrestling Falls to No. 6 Cornell

Peppelman moved one-step closer to reaching the 100-win plateau (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team won at five weights but lost the battle of bonus points as No. 6 Cornell escaped the Malkin Athletic Center with a 24-15 win Saturday evening in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

Cornell got on the board first as No. 8 Nahshon Garrett picked up a 17-9 major decision over Jeffrey Ott at 125 lbs. Ott held a 7-3 lead in the first period after scoring a takedown and three back points, but a big third period gave Garrett the win.

Harvard (2-3, 0-2 EIWA) rebounded with back-to-back victories at 133 lbs. and 141 lbs. to take its first lead in the team scores, 6-4. Ryan Osleeb gutted out a 3-2 decision over Bricker Dixon in the first bout, scoring an escape early in the third period to even the score at 1-1 before recording the lone takedown of the match with just 0:38 remaining. No. 10 Steven Keith followed up with an 8-1 decision over Joe Stanzione as her controlled the match from the opening whistle.

A tech-fall by No. 15 Chris Villalonga over Todd Preston at 149 lbs. put the Big Red back in front, 9-6, but the lead was short lived as No. 8 Walter Peppelman scored an escape for the only point needed in a 1-0 decision over Jesse Shanaman at 157 lbs. The victory was the 99th of Peppelman's career, putting him one win shy of joining Harvard's exclusive 100-win club.

No. 1 Kyle Dake regained the advantage for Cornell at 165 lbs. with a first-period fall over Devon Gobbo, 15-9. Cameron Croy cut the deficit in half, however, as he scored a takedown in the first period and third period against Marshall Peppelman to register a 4-3 victory at 174 lbs. A fall by No. 4 Steve Bosak against Josh Popple at 184 lbs. moved the score to 21-12 with just two weights remaining.

James Fox came up big for the Crimson at 197 lbs., recording an 8-5 decision over Jace Bennett to keep Harvard within striking distance, 21-15. The match got off to a sluggish start as the two competitors felt each other out, but a late reversal by the Crimson sophomore put him over the top.

David Ng scored a takedown with under 0:20 remaining in the heavyweight bout to tie the score at 2-2, but a last-second reversal and nearfall by Stryker Lane gave the match and dual to Cornell.

Harvard has a quick turnaround and will be back on the mat tomorrow as it hosts Rutgers at 1 p.m.

No. 6 Cornell 24, Harvard 15
No. 8 Nahshon Garrett (CU) maj. dec.  Jeffrey Ott (HU), 17-9, 0-4
133: Ryan Osleeb (HU) dec. Bricker Dixon (CU), 3-2, 3-4
141: No. 10 Steven Keith (HU) dec. Joe Stanzione (CU), 8-1, 6-4
149: No. 15 Chris Villalonga (CU) tech-fall Todd Preston (HU), 15-0 (6:43), 6-9
157: No. 8 Walter Peppelman (HU) dec. Jesse Shanaman (CU), 1-0, 9-9
165: No. 1 Kyle Dake (CU) fall Devon Gobbo (HU), 1:02, 9-15
174: Cameron Croy (HU) dec. Marshall Peppelman (CU), 4-3, 12-15
184: No. 4 Steve Bosak (CU) fall Josh Popple (HU), 2:25, 12-21
197: James Fox (HU) dec. Jace Bennett (CU), 8-5, 15-21
Hwt: Stryker Lane (CU) dec. David Ng (HU), 6-2, 15-24