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Wrestling Heads to Pennsylvania for Three EIWA Showdowns

Big weekend on tap as the Crimson faces three EIWA rivals (Gil Talbot).

Storyline
The Harvard wrestling team is looking to build momentum heading into the final month of the season as it travels south this weekend to face EIWA foes Penn, Princeton and No. 14 Lehigh. The Crimson will first take to the mat on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Quakers at 10 a.m. before heading to Princeton for a 2:30 p.m. meeting. Harvard will then square off with the Mountain Hawks on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.

Live video streams will be available during each dual at the links below.

Tweetables
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No. 8 @WalterPeppelman brings a 7-match winning streak into the weekend which included 5 wins with bonus points

No. 13 Steven Keith leads @HarvardWrestlin with 19 wins this season and boasts 96 victories for his career

Freshman Jeffrey Ott has picked up a team-high 4 falls this year including a pin of Army's Hunter Wood in his last outing

2012 NCAA Qualifier James Fox has won 4 straight matches to improve to 5-2 on the year after missing significant time due to an injury

.@HarvardWrestlin has crowned at least 1 All-American in each of the last 7 years and boasts 19 All-American's over the last 15 years

Rank and File
A pair of Crimson are currently featured in the InterMat individual rankings, including two-time All-American Walter Peppelman. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has posted an 9-2 record this season with a 7-0 mark in dual meets, and is the eighth-ranked grappler at 157 lbs. Steven Keith, who earned All-America status last season at 133 lbs., is 6-1 in duals with an overall record of 19-6 wrestling at 141 lbs. and comes in this week ranked No. 13.

History in the Making
No. 8 Walter Peppelman became the seventh member of Harvard's 100-win club last weekend with a 4-2 decision in sudden victory over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. The last Crimson to reach 100 wins was 2010 NCAA Champion and current assistant coach J.P. O'Connor '10 who finished his career tied with Jesse Jantzen '04 for the most wins in program history at 132. All seven members of Harvard's 100-win club have been coached by Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.

No. 13 Steven Keith is also well on his way to becoming a member of Harvard's 100-win club as he comes into the weekend with 96 career victories.

Related Link: Harvard Wrestling Media Center

Projected Lineups

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Harvard (3-4, 1-3 EIWA)
Jeffrey Ott (12-12, 3-4)
Ryan Osleeb (7-10, 3-4)
No. 13 Steven Keith (19-6, 6-1)
Patrick Hogan (3-4, 0-0)
Todd Preston (3-2, 3-2)
Alexis Wagener (0-6, 0-2)
No. 8 Walter Peppelman (9-2, 7-0)
Devon Gobbo (5-8, 1-6)
Cameron Croy (16-10, 4-3)
Ian Roy (4-4, 0-0)
Josh Popple (6-10, 1-6)
James Fox (5-2, 5-2)
David Ng (6-8, 2-2)
Nicholas Gajdzik (4-7, 0-3)

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Penn (5-3, 2-1 EIWA)
No. 20 Mark Rappo (15-4)
Jeff Canfora (5-6)
No. 9 C.J. Cobb (16-5)
Andrew Lenzi (18-9)
Troy Hernandez (7-9)
Casey Kent (17-10)
Ian Korb (16-10)
Harrison Cook (4-9)
Canaan Bethea (18-7)
No. 9 Micah Burak (7-2)
Steven Graziano (14-11)
Kyle Cowan (6-6)

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Princeton (1-8, 1-2 EIWA)
Max Rogers (4-12)
Andrew Hirai (4-12)
Kevin Moylan (10-5)
Zach Bintliff (16-11)
Brandon Rolnick (2-2)
Kyle Roddy (11-12)
Seth Hazleton (13-10)
Judd Ziegler (12-14)
Rich Eva (0-0)
Ryan Callahan (8-7)
Scott Gibbons (18-13)
Dan Santoro (7-6)
Charles Fox (2-12)
Cole Lampman (4-8) 

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No. 14 Lehigh (6-6, 2-3 EIWA)
Alex Abreu (8-12)
Randy Cruz (22-9)
Anthony Salupo (6-6)
No. 17 Shane Welsh (12-5)        
Albert Woody (9-9)
Ben Haas (3-8)
No. 15 Nathaniel Brown (12-5)
Kevin Bailey (12-6)
No. 3 Robert Hamlin (15-2)
John Bolich (10-9)
Max Wessell (11-3)
Jack Delia (3-13) 

Last Time Out
Senior co-captain Walter Peppelman became just the seventh wrestler in Crimson history to reach 100 career wins Saturday with a dramatic 4-2 sudden victory decision over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, however, won seven of 10 weight classes to defeat Harvard in the team scores, 26-9.

Related Article: Peppelman Joins 100-Win Club as Wrestling Hosts Rutgers

Young Guns
Harvard's lineup features seven talented underclassmen headlined by 2012 NCAA Qualifier James Fox. The sophomore missed the first half of the season due to an injury but posted four straight wins to improve to 5-2. Freshman Jeffrety Ott has started all season at 125 lbs. and has gained valuable experience wrestling four matches against nationally ranked opponents, including a 4-0 win over Maryland's Shane Gentry who was ranked 17th at the time. Fellow freshman Devon Gobbo also missed the first portion of the year due to an injury but boasts a 10-6 win over Northwestern's Pierce Harger, then ranked 11th, in his first collegiate match. 

The Sights and Sounds of Harvard Wrestling
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, was wired for sound when the team opened its dual meet schedule against Rider on Jan. 5. 

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

Tournament Tested
Harvard competed in four tournaments to begin the 2012-13 campaign, including the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. No. 10 Steven Keith placed in each of the first three tournaments to open the season, taking fifth at the BU Open, third at the Keystone Classic and fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Cameron Croy was fifth at the BU Open and second at the Keystone Classic, while Jeffrey Ott made his collegiate debut with a second-place finish at the BU Open before taking sixth at the Keystone Classic.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Peppelman, serving as captain for a third straight season, has placed eighth at the NCAA's as a 157-pounder each of the last two seasons. His 101 career wins rank sixth in program history while his 28 falls rank third.

Keith earned All-America status for the first time last season with an eighth-place performance at 133 lbs. He has moved up to 141 lbs. this season and enters the weekend ranked eighth in program history with 96 career victories.

Up Next
Harvard returns to Cambridge next weekend as it hosts Brown Saturday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. in the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will then head over to Boston University later in the afternoon for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with the Terriers.