O'Connor One of Five Placewinners for the Crimson at BU Open

Sophomore Walter Peppelman finished thid at 149 pounds for the Crimson. Photo courtesy of

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Senior co-captain J.P. O’Connor was one of five Crimson grapplers who stood on the medal stand at the 2009 Binghamton Open Sunday afternoon. O’Connor won the 157 pound weight class for the second year in a row, while three freshmen finished among the top six in their collegiate openers.

O’Connor scored at the buzzer to defeat Rutgers’ Daryl Cocozzo, 3-1. The two-time All-American went 5-0, winning one of his matches by fall and two by technical fall. He became the sixth Harvard wrestler to win 100 matches in his career when he picked up his third win of the day. His win in the finals moved him into fifth on the all-time wins list with 102.

Newcomer Tony Buxton placed third at 141 pounds. He won his first three matches to advance to the semifinals where he fell to the eventual second-place finisher. Buxton won his final two contests to take the third spot. Sophomore Walter Peppelman was third at 149 pounds. He fell in the semifinals to the eventual champion before pinning Army’s Joey Walters in the match for third.

Freshman Steven Keith bounced back from a first match loss to finish fifth at 125 pounds. He went  5-1 on the day, including a 12-2 major decision in the fifth-place match. Classmate Adam Hogue also bounced back from a first match setback to take sixth at 165 pounds.

Louis Caputo wrestled unattached at 184 pounds where he finished third overall.

The Crimson returns to Binghamton for the Journeyman/Brute Sprawl and Brawl next Sunday, Nov. 22. Harvard faces No. 14 Penn State, Northern Iowa and Sacred Heart.