Photo of Corey Jantzen courtesy of Danielle Hobeika.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Harvard wrestling team had three placewinners at the WWsports.com/Binghamton Open Sunday to open the season. Junior Corey Jantzen and sophomore captain Walter Peppelman fell in the finals at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively, while sophomore Adam Hogue finished fourth at 165 pounds.
Twelfth-ranked Jantzen and Peppelman dominated their opponents to get to the finals winning their first four bouts by bonus points. Jantzen started off by pinning Michael Krysiak of Gannon in 1:06 and Brandon Rolnick off Princeton in 3:36. Jantzen earned two major decisions, letting up just one point, to get into the finals. The two-time NCAA qualifier faced No. 2 and defending 141 pound NCAA Champion Kyle Dake in the finals. In the first of what may be several meeting this season, Dake won by a slim 2-0 margin.
Peppelman pinned his first opponent before earning three major decisions and out scoring his opponents, 31-3. Peppelman, who placed third at 149 pounds last year, lost to Cornell's DJ Meager, 4-2, in the finals.
Hogue went 4-2 to start the season, including winning his first three matches of the season. He pinned his first opponent in 1:04. After winning the next two matches, Hogue fell in the semifinals to Daniel Rivera of Old Dominion. He defeated his next opponent only to fall in the third-place match, 8-1 to Binghamton's Matt Kaylor.
Sophomore Steven Keith (125) and Cameron Croy (184) just missed the medal stand. Keith rebounded from a first-round loss to Penn's Mark Rappo (9-7) with three consolation wins before falling to him in the wrestlebacks by the same score. Croy won his first two collegiate bouts before a lost to Binghamton's Nate Schiedel sent him to the wrestlebacks. He won his first match but lost a close bout to Lehigh's Keith Bailey, 4-2.
Harvard returns to Binghamton for the Brute/Journeyman Sprawl & Brawl next Sunday. The Crimson faces nationally ranked Penn State, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan in its first three duals of the season.