Keith placed eighth at the Midlands Championships to earn a spot atop the podium for the first time in his career.
EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 9 Steven Keith placed eighth and finished atop the podium for the first time in his career to lead a contingent of four Crimson wrestlers at the 2011 Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Keith entered the tournament as the sixth seed at 133 lbs., and handily won his first two bouts of the tournament to advance to the quarterfinals. The junior opened with a 12-4 major decision over Dalton Bullard of Elmhurst and took out 11th seeded Thomas Kelliher from Wisconsin, 10-0, in his second match. Keith fell to Edinboro's A.J. Schoop, ranked eighth in the nation and seeded third in the tournament, by fall to end day one of the competition.
Keith bounced back in the wrestleback bracket with a 5-3 sudden victory decision over fifth seeded Bryan Ortenzio of Penn, ranked 13th in the nation. His tournament was ended, however, with a pair of falls to seventh seed Ryan Mango of Stanford, ranked 10th, and Northern Iowa's Joe Colon.
Keith has placed in each tournament the Crimson has competed in this season, including a third-place finish at the Binghamton Open, a second-place finish at the Keystone Classic, and a third-place showing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The junior is 16-6 on the year with five major decisions and one fall.
Also competing at the Midlands Championships were 11th seeded Cameron Croy, James Fox and Ryan Osleeb. Fox posted a 1-2 record in his first appearance at Midlands, including an 11-9 decision over Iowa's Thomas Lira, while both Croy and Osleeb went 0-2.
Harvard will now turn its attention to the dual meet portion of its schedule, beginning Jan. 6 with a double header against Rider and Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J.