Photo of Joe Alie courtesy of Gil Talbot.
Harvard continues dual meet action at the Lone Star duals with three meets against strong programs. The Crimson faces off against Appalachian State, No. 7 Oklahoma and Stanford Saturday, Jan. 14 in Arlington, Texas.
Lone Star Duals
This will be the 11th year in a row at the Lone Star Duals for the Crimson. Historically, Harvard has competed against some of the nation's top-ranked teams such as Iowa State, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at this tournament.
9 a.m. vs. Appalachian State
5 p.m. vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
7 p.m. vs. Stanford
times listed are EST.
Harvard will compete against at least one ranked opponent in nine of the 10 weight classes this weekend. Oklahoma, a top 10 team, boasts seven nationally ranked wrestlers, while Stanford has four top-20 grapplers.
Can't make it to Cambridge for Friday's duals? Keep up with the scores at home via the NWCA Live Scorebook. The links for each dual meet are posted above.
Last Time Out
Harvard hosted No. 14 Rutgers and Maryland in a pair of duals at the Malkin Athletic Center Jan. 7. The Crimson won three bouts in each dual with two grapplers earning a pair of victories on the day.
Scouting Appalachian State
The Mountaineers are 4-3 overall this season. Appalachian State finished 10th at the Keystone Classic, 13th at the Reno Tournament of Champions and 28th at the Southern Scuffle.
The Sooners are 6-1 overall this season with two shutouts. Oklahoma's only loss of the season came against Oklahoma State, 22-12, on the road. The Sooners finished sixth at the Midlands Championships behind five place winners.
Stanford is 4-5 entering the Lone Star Duals. The Cardinal finished 16th at the Midlands Championships with two place winners.
Talk About Offense
Walter Peppelman leads the team in wins with 14 victories this season. Peppelman has scored bonus points in eight of those 14 wins, including four wins by major decision, one by technical fall and four by fall.
Welcome Back Captain
Senior co-captain Andrew Knapp returned to the mat last Friday. It was his first competition since the EIWA Championships in March 2009.
Corey Jantzen and Walter Peppelman each have three wins by fall this season. Jantzen has 10 collegiate pins, while Peppelman has picked up 11 so far. Overall the Crimson has eight wins by fall on the year.
Walter Peppelman is ranked as high as eighth in the nation at 157 pounds.
The Crimson is doing its share of community service each year. During the month of January, Harvard wrestlers will volunteer with the Mission Hill After School Program to tutor residents of the Alice Taylor housing complex, a low income section of Roxbury. Earlier in the year, Jackson Salovarra '11 organized an event where Harvard went to church near campus to help weatherize the church rectory. The Crimson spent all day insulating and closing the house up for the winter which in turn will save the rectory thousands of dollars in the long run. These projects are just a small sample of how this program gives back to the community!
Pack the MAC
The Crimson returns to Cambridge five weeks later to take on Brown and Hofstra (Feb. 12), followed by Columbia (Feb. 18) and Cornell (Feb. 19) to close out the dual season.
On the Horizon
Harvard has a week off before returning to dual action Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 at Army and Lehigh, respectively.