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Croy Takes Second, No. 13 Keith Third at Keystone Classic

Croy, Keith and Ott finished on the podium for a second-straight week (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Cameron Croy placed second and No. 13 Steven Keith took third to lead the Harvard wrestling team at the 18th annual Keystone Classic Sunday. 

Croy entered the tournament as the fourth seed at 184 lbs. and took Penn's Canaan Bethea into sudden victory overtime but fell just short in his championship bid, 3-1. Croy opened the day with a 10-1 major decision over Mike Steltenkamp from Penn and moved onto the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over fifth-seeded Scott Gibbons from Princeton. The junior then knocked off Cal Poly's Sean Dougherty, 5-2, to reach the finals before falling to Bethea.

Keith, the No. 1 seed at 141 lbs., reached the semis with three straight victories to open the day. He began with an 8-0 major decision against Princeton's Nicholas Maselli and followed up by pinning Northwestern's Colin Shober at the 4:46 mark. Keith then registered a 3-1 decision over Boston University's Tyler Scotten but succumbed to fifth-seeded Charles Cobb from Penn, 4-0, in the semifinals. The senior co-captain bounced back by defeating Indiana's Eric Roach, 6-0, and dispatched Scotten for a second time with an 8-0 major decision to finish third.

Ott also reached the semifinals as the No. 2 seed at 125 lbs. He registered a 6-0 decision against Princeton's Max Roger in his first bout and earned an 8-2 decision over Vincent Moita from Brown in his second bout. The freshman fell to sixth-seeded Dominick Malone from Northwestern in the semis and dropped a close 12-11 decision to American's David Terao, the fifth seed, in his first wrestleback match. Ott concluded his day with a 5-3 loss to fourth-seeded William Watterson from Brown for a sixth-place finish.

It was the second week in a row that Croy, Keith and Ott each reached the podium. Croy and Keith placed fifth at last week's Binghamton Open while Ott began his collegiate career with a runner-up performance. Harvard finished 11th in the team standings with 46.5 points.

Harvard returns to action in two weeks at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational set to be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 1.