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No. 5 Peppelman, Osleeb Victorious For No. 24 Harvard at No. 5 Cornell

Peppelman and Osleeb picked up a pair of victories as the No. 24 Crimson fell at No. 5 Cornell Friday evening (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 24 Harvard wrestling team was in action Friday evening at No. 5 Cornell, where it suffered a 38-7 loss at the hands of the Big Red to fall to 4-4 overall, 1-2 in the EIWA and 0-1 in the Ivy League.

Cornell (6-0, 3-0 Ivy League) picked up a forfeit at 125 lbs. to open the match before Ryan Osleeb got the Crimson on the board with a 5-4 decision at 133 lbs. Wrestling in place of No. 13 Steven Keith, Osleeb and Cornell's Nick Pena went scoreless into the second period with Pena taking the first lead off a reversal 30 seconds in. Keith scored a reversal of his own to even the score, but an escape by Pena gave the Big Red a 3-2 advantage heading into the third. Osleeb chose the down position to begin the period and tied the match again at 3-3 with an escape, and scored on a strong double-leg takedown for a 5-3 lead. A late escape by Pena moved the score to 5-4, but Osleeb was able to defend against Pena's shot in the final seconds to hang on for the win.

Cornell earned a technical fall at 141 lbs. for an 11-3 lead , and the upset of the night at 149 lbs. put the Big Red in front 14-3. No. 7 Corey Jantzen and Chris Villalonga took a scoreless tie into the third period, with Jantzen choosing the down position to begin the frame. Jantzen was unable to escape, however, as Villalonga rode the senior out for the entire period to pick up the 1-0 decision by virtue of riding time advantage.

No. 5 Walter Peppelman got the Crimson back on track with an 8-0 major decision over Ryan Dunphy at 157 lbs. Peppelman used an inside trip for a 2-0 lead just 10 seconds into the first period and rode Dunphy for the remainder of the frame to pick up 2:50 of riding time advantage. An escape and takedown in the second gave Peppelman a 5-0 margin, and the senior added a third takedown with riding time advantage in the third to pick up the victory, pulling Harvard back to within 14-7. The win improved Peppelman to 16-3 on the year, with 13 of those victories coming with bonus points.

Harvard was unable to pick up another win as Cornell ended the match with five straight victories for the final 38-7 margin.

The Crimson will open its home slate Saturday, Jan. 28 against Army at 2:30 p.m. in the Malkin Athletic Center.

No. 5 Cornell 38, No. 24 Harvard 7
125 –
No. 6 Frank Perreilli (CU) forfeit Harvard, 6-0
133 – Ryan Osleeb (HAR) dec. Nick Pena (CU), 5-4, 6-3
141 – Mike Nevinger (CU) tech. fall Patrick Hogan (HAR), 16-0, 11-3
149 – Chris Villalonga (CU) dec. No. 7 Corey Jantzen (HAR), 1-0, 14-3
157 – No. 5 Walter Peppelman (HAR) major dec. Ryan Dunphy (CU), 8-0, 14-7
165 – Craig Eifert (CU) inj. default Paul Liguori (HAR), 20-7
174 – Billy George (CU) dec. Josh Popple (HAR), 8-5, 23-7
184 – No. 3 Steve Bosak (CU) fall Cameron Croy (HAR), 2:42, 29-7
197 – No. 1 Cam Simaz (CU) fall James Fox (HAR), 1:13, 35-7
HWT – Maciej Jochym (CU) dec. David Ng (HAR), 8-3, 38-7