Wrestling Goes 1-1 at Penn, Princeton

Peppelman, Keith help the Crimson to a split with Penn and Princeton (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 8 Walter Peppelman and No. 13 Steven Keith picked up a pair of wins as the Harvard wrestling team split duals at Penn and Princeton. The Crimson first fell to the Quakers, 24-6, in Philadelphia before traveling to New Jersey to top the Tigers, 27-6.

Peppelman has now won nine straight matches, six with bonus points, and has moved into sole possession of sixth place on Harvard's all-time wins list with 103. Keith, meanwhile, picked up his team-leading 20th and 21st wins of the season and is now on the doorstep of joining the Crimson's 100-win club with 98 career victories.

Harvard (4-5, 2-4 EIWA) won only two bouts against Penn (7-3, 4-1 EIWA) but kept every match close as the Quakers failed to earn bonus points in any of their victories. The dual began with a pair of Penn wins including No. 20 Mark Rappo just edging out Jeffrey Ott, 6-3, at 125 lbs. Keith registered the Crimson's first victory over No. 9 C.J. Cobb, 11-4, his second win this season versus Cobb.

Following a decision for Penn at 149 lbs., Peppelman shut out Troy Hernandez at 157 lbs. for a 6-0 decision. The Quakers went on to win each of the final five bouts, but did so only by a combined 10 points.

The most exciting bout of the day was contested between Josh Popple and Canaan Bethea at 184 lbs., with Bethea securing a 4-2 victory in a second sudden victory overtime period. James Fox nearly upset No. 9 Micah Burak at 197 lbs. and held a 3-1 lead late in the second period. A takedown for Burak before the buzzer tied the score, however, and the All-American added three points in the third for the 6-3 win.

Harvard turned the tides at Princeton and won eight of the 10 weight classes for a 27-6 victory. The Crimson began the dual with three straight wins, including an 8-0 major decision for Keith over Kevin Moylan. Peppelman also earned bonus points for Harvard with a 16-0 tech fall against Brandon Rolnick.

Harvard registered decisions in four of the final five bouts including a 6-4 win for Devon Gobbo over Judd Ziegler at 165 lbs. James Fox also picked up  victory, 10-3, against Dan Santoro before David Ng capped the day off with a 4-1 victory over Cole Lampman.

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.

Penn 24, Harvard 6
No. 20 Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. Jeffrey Ott (HU), 6-3, 0-3
133: Jeff Canfora (Penn) dec. Shay Warren (HU), 8-5, 0-6
141: No. 13 Steven Keith (HU) dec. No. 9 C.J. Cobb (Penn), 11-4, 3-6
149: Andrew Lenzi (Penn) dec. Todd Preston (HU), 4-1, 3-9
157: No. 8 Walter Peppelman (HU) dec. Troy Hernandez (Penn), 6-0, 6-9
165: Casey Kent (Penn) dec. Devon Gobbo (HU), 7-5, 6-12
174: Ian Korb (Penn) dec. Cameron Croy (HU), 2-0, 6-15
184: Canaan Bethea (Penn) dec. Josh Popple (HU), 4-2 (SV2), 6-18
197: No. 9 Micah Burak (Penn) dec. James Fox (HU), 6-3, 6-21
285: Kyle Cowan (Penn) dec. Nicholas Gajdzik (HU), 2-1, 6-24

Harvard 27, Princeton 6
Jeffrey Ott (HU) dec. Max Rogers (PU), 9-3, 3-0
133: Ryan Osleeb (HU) dec. Andrew Hirai (PU), 7-2, 6-0
141: No. 13 Steven Keith (HU) maj. dec. Kevin Moylan (PU), 8-0, 10-0
149: Zach Bintliff (PU) dec. Todd Preston (HU), 7-5, 10-3
157: No. 8 Walter Peppelman (HU) tech fall Brandon Rolnick (PU), 16-0, 15-3
165: Devon Gobbo (HU) dec. Judd Ziegler (PU), 6-4, 18-3
174: Ryan Callahan (PU) dec. Cameron Croy (HU), 7-3, 18-6
184: Josh Popple (HU) dec. Scott Gibbons (PU), 3-2, 21-6
197: James Fox (HU) dec. Dan Santoro (PU), 10-3, 24-6
285: David Ng (HU) dec. Cole Lampman (PU), 4-1, 27-6