The Crimson head to the Lone Star Duals looking to improve on its 3-1 dual record (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team will head to Texas this weekend where it will face No. 7 Oklahoma, Air Force and Appalachian State on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas.
The Crimson has moved up to No. 26 in the InterMat tournament strength rankings after going 3-1 last weekend to open the dual meet portion of its schedule, marking the program's best start to a season since going 5-1 in 1995-96. The Crimson posted its first shutout since 2002 with its 43-0 trouncing at Millersville, while the 43 points scored were the most for the team since 2001.
Harvard boasts three wrestlers who appear in this week's InterMat individual rankings, led by No. 5 Walter Peppelman at 157 lbs. Peppelman won all four of his matches last weekend via first period fall, and is 13-3 on the year with six falls and two major decisions. The junior co-captain now has 22 career falls to his credit, good for fourth place in program history, and needs 10 wins to move into Harvard's all-time top 10 for career victories.
149-pounder Corey Jantzen returned to the Harvard lineup last week after being out of action since December of 2010. Jantzen went a perfect 4-0 in his return, including a 7-4 tiebreakers win over then third-ranked and previously unbeaten Mario Mason of Rutgers, and has entered the InterMat rankings at No. 12. Jantzen was named the EIWA Wrestler of the Week on Monday, marking the second time in his career he has garnered the honor.
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Steven Keith remains as the 13th-ranked wrestler at 133 lbs. with a 20-6 overall record. Keith also posted four victories last weekend, including a 10-2 major decision against Franklin and Marshall's Robert Ruiz.
No. 7 Oklahoma will enter the weekend with a 5-2 record following its 20-15 victory at No. 24 Binghamton on Tuesday. Six Sooners appear in this week's InterMat rankings, including top-ranked Kendric Maple at 141 lbs. Each of Harvard's nationally-ranked grapplers could see a nationally-ranked opponent against Oklahoma, with 133-pounder Jordan Keller coming in at No. 11, 149-pounder Nick Lester coming in at No. 7 and 157-pounder Matt Lester coming in at No. 14.
Live stats will be provided by SoonerSports.com for Harvard's dual against Oklahoma.
Air Force is 28th in the latest InterMat poll with a 1-1 dual meet record, and boasts the third-ranked wrestler at 149 lbs. in Cole Von Ohlen. Appalachian State, meanwhile, is 6-2 and riding a three-match win streak. Austin Trotman is ranked ninth at 184 lbs. for the Mountaineers while Kyle Blevins is 13th at 165 lbs.