Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore co-captain Walter Peppelman finished eighth at the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships Saturday morning at the Wells Fargo Center. Peppelman finished three spots above his seed at 157 pounds and earned All-American honors for the first time in his career.
Peppelman fell in the seventh-place match to seventh seed Bryce Saddoris of Navy, 4-3, in tiebreaker. Saddoris scored a takedown in the first period and Peppelman easily escaped. Saddoris almost scored another take down after chosing neutral in the second but was unable to finish as the two headed into the third. Peppelman chose bottom for the third and earned an escape to even the score 2-2 lead. Each wrestler fought off the others shots in the overtime session. In the first tiebreaker, Peppelman held on two Saddoris and in the second portion Peppelman escaped in four seconds to take a 3-2 lead. Peppelman was going in for a shot of his own, Saddoris caught Peppelman and took him down with three seconds left for the win.
It was the third match of the year for the EIWA foes, but closes contest between the two. Peppelman finishes the season with a 33-9 overall record. His 33 wins are the seventh most in a single season for the Crimson.
Peppelman, a first-team All-Ivy recipient, is the 25th All-American in program history and 17th under the David G. Bunning Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss.
The team finished 35th overall with 12.5 team points.
Harvard finished the season with an All-American for the sixth year in a row.