Wrestling Hosts Columbia in Dual Meet Finale

Wrestling Hosts Columbia in Dual Meet Finale

The Crimson will look to cap its dual meet schedule off with a win Friday versus Columbia (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard wrestling team will conclude its dual meet schedule as it hosts Columbia Friday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Prior to the match, the Crimson will honor its five graduating student-athletes in a special Senior Night ceremony.

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Related Link: Harvard Game Central

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  • .@HarvardWrestlin can lock up the program's first winning season in the EIWA since 2000-01 with a victory Friday over Columbia
  • .@HarvardWrestlin has won 4 straight duals and is looking to move its win streak to 5 for the 1st time since 2000-01
  • No. 8 @WalterPeppelman is looking to become the 1st member of @HarvardWrestlin to go to unbeaten in duals since @jpoconno & Caputo in 09-10
  • No. 10 Steven Keith became the newest member of @HarvardWrestlin's 100-win club last week and enters Friday with 101 career victories

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 won 12 straight matches to improve to 14-2 this season with a 12-0mark in dual meets. He is currently the eighth-ranked wrestler at 157 lbs. Steven Keith, who earned All-America status last season at 133 lbs., is 1-1 in duals with an overall record of 24-6 wrestling at 141 lbs. and comes in this week ranked No. 10.

History in the Making
No. 8 Walter Peppelman became the seventh member of Harvard's 100-win club this season with a 4-2 decision in sudden victory over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. No. 10 Steven Keith joined Peppelman in the club this past weekend as he picked up a 7-3 decision against Brown's Cortlandt Choate. Peppelman currently ranks sixth in program history with 106 wins while Keith is tied with Joey Killar '00 for seventh place with 101 victories.

The last Crimson to reach 100 wins was 2010 NCAA Champion and current assistant coach J.P. O'Connor '10. O'Connor finished his career tied with Jesse Jantzen '04 for the most wins in program history at 132. All eight members of Harvard's 100-win club have been coached by Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.

Related Link: Harvard Wrestling Media Center

Projected Lineups







Harvard (7-5, 5-4 EIWA)
Jeffrey Ott (16-13, 7-5)
Ryan Osleeb (8-11, 4-5)
Shay Warren (4-4, 1-2)
No. 10 Steven Keith (24-6, 11-1)
Patrick Hogan (3-4, 0-0)
Todd Preston (5-5, 5-5)
Alexis Wagener (0-6, 0-2)
No. 8 Walter Peppelman (14-2, 12-0)
Devon Gobbo (7-11, 3-9)
Cameron Croy (18-12, 6-5)
Ian Roy (4-5, 0-1)
Josh Popple (7-12, 2-8)
Michael Mocco (1-1, 1-1_
James Fox (9-3, 9-3)
David Ng (7-8, 3-2)
Nicholas Gajdzik (6-9, 2-5)


Columbia (5-7, 2-4 EIWA)
Ben Gottfried (6-13, 2-9)
Matt Bystol (5-9, 3-5)
Alec Mooradian (4-4, 4-4)
No. 5 Steve Santos (20-2, 7-0)
No. 17 Jake O'Hara (18-4, 7-2)
Josh Houldsworth (16-6, 9-3)
Stephen West (20-5, 9-3)
Drew Rebling (8-15, 3-8)
Nick Mills (13-11, 5-6)
Chris Manna (5-14, 2-8)

Last Time Out
No. 10 Steven Keith became the newest member of Harvard's 100-win club as the wrestling team ran its win streak to four with victories over Brown and Boston University. The Crimson first defeated the Bears, 21-11, at home in the Malkin Athletic Center before traveling across the Charles River to take down BU, 31-6.

Related Article: Keith Adds Name to 100-Win Club as Wrestling Downs Brown, BU

With its victories over Brown and BU last week, Harvard improved to 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the EIWA. With just one dual meet remaining, the Crimson has assured itself the program's first winning season since 2000-01 and can clinch its first winning season in the EIWA since the same year by taking down Columbia on Friday.

The Crimson enters Friday's matchup with Columbia having won four consecutive dual meets, marking the program's longest win streak since taking four in a row to end the 2002-03 campaign. Harvard has not won five straight duals since 2000-01 when it rattled off seven consecutive victories to finish the season at 8-5 overall.

No. 8 Walter Peppelman will carry a perfect 12-0 record in dual meets into Friday's match versus Columbia and can become the first Crimson to go undefeated in dual-meet action since J.P. O'Connor '10 and Louis Caputo '09-10 did so in 2009-10. O'Connor was 15-0 in dual meets that season while Caputo finished the year 14-0.  

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 has since improved to 9-3. Freshman Jeffrety Ott has started all season at 125 lbs. and has gained valuable experience wrestling five 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 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 104 career wins rank sixth in program history while his 29 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 99 career victories.

Up Next
Harvard will now turn its attention towards the 2013 EIWA Championships which will be held March 8-9 on the campus of Rutgers University.