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Wrestling to Host EIWA Rivals No. 6 Cornell, Rutgers

10 nationally ranked wrestlers will be on the mat this weekend as the Crimson hosts No. 6 Cornell and Rutgers  (Gil Talbot).

Storyline
The Harvard wrestling team will continue its busy month this weekend as it hosts No. 6 Cornell and Rutgers in a pair of EIWA duals at the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard will first take on the Big Red Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. before welcoming the Scarlet Knight to Cambridge Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.

Watch Live Online
Harvard Athletics has announced that for the first time ever live and on-demand video will be available for each of the Crimson's five home wrestling duals. Ben Altsher and Andy Towne, the voices of Harvard men's and women's volleyball, will split play-by-play duties for the Crimson while two-time All-American Dustin DeNunzio '98 will provide in-depth analysis.

A season pass for all five of Harvard's home dual meets can be purchased for $29.95 while single-event subscriptions can be purchased for $9.95. All matches will be immediately archived for on-demand viewing and can be seen online at GoCrimson.com as well as on mobile devices and iPads.

Related Link: Harvard Game Central

Tweetables
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History in the Making
No. 8 Walter Peppelman enters this weekend with 98 career victories looking to become just the seventh member of Harvard's 100-win club. History will be on his side Saturday against Cornell's Jesse Shanaman, as Peppelman is 2-0 all-time against the junior including a 6-2 decision last year at the Binghamton Open. On Sunday, Peppelman and No. 17 Scott Winston, a three-time NCAA Qualifier, will meet for the first time in what should be one of the featured matches of the weekend.

No. 10 Steven Keith is also well on his way to becoming a member of Harvard's 100-win club as he comes into the weekend with 94 career victories.

Related Link: Harvard Wrestling Media Center

Rank and File
A pair of Crimson are currently featured in the InterMat individual rankings, including two-time All-American Walter Peppelman. The Harrisburg, Pa., native has posted a 6-2 record this season with a 4-0 mark in dual meets, and is the eighth-ranked grappler at 157 lbs. Steven Keith, who earned All-America status last season at 133 lbs., is also a perfect 4-0 in duals with an overall record of 17-5 wrestling at 141 lbs. and comes in this week ranked No. 10.

The Sights and Sounds of Harvard Wrestling
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, was wired for sound when the team opened its dual meet schedule against Rider on Jan. 5.

Projected Lineups

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Harvard (2-2, 0-1 EIWA)
Jeffrey Ott (11-10, 2-2)
Ryan Osleeb (6-8, 2-2)
No. 10 Steven Keith (17-5, 4-0)
Alexis Wagener (0-6, 0-2)
Todd Preston (1-1, 1-1)
No. 8 Walter Peppelman (6-2, 4-0)
Devon Gobbo (5-5, 1-3)
Brennan Smith (2-4, 0-0)
Cameron Croy (15-8, 3-1)
Ian Roy (4-4, 0-0)
Josh Popple (6-7, 1-3)
James Fox (2-2, 2-2)
David Ng (5-7, 1-1)
Nicholas Gajdzik (4-6, 0-2)

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No. 6 Cornell (6-2, 2-0 EIWA)
No. 8 Nahshon Garrett (25-3, 7-1)
Bricker Dixon (13-8, 4-1)
No. 6 Mike Nevinger (26-6, 5-2)
No. 15 Chris Villalonga (13-7, 2-2)
Jesse Shanaman (6-1, 2-1)
No. 1 Kyle Dake (18-0, 8-0)
Marshall Peppelman (12-10, 1-1)
No. 4 Steve Bosak (7-2, 3-1)
Jace Bennett (20-9, 5-2)
Stryker Lane (13-9, 4-3)

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Rutgers (10-2, 3-0 EIWA)
Joseph Langel (14-5, 9-3)
Sean McCabe (7-11, 0-0)
Vincent Dellefave (14-6, 9-3)
Maverick Passaro (2-2, 0-0)
Trevor Melde (13-5, 9-3)
Mario Mason (8-4, 4-2)
Ken Theobold (11-6, 3-2)
No. 17 Scott Winston (19-4, 9-3)
Nick Visicaro (8-4, 7-2)
Anthony Volpe (6-6, 1-2)
No. 16 Greg Zannetti (17-4, 9-3)
No. 13 Dan Rinaldi (19-2, 11-1)
Dan Seidenberg (7-7, 4-5)
Hayden Hrymack (9-9, 0-3)
Billy Smith (19-5, 10-2)



 

 

 

 

Last Time Out
The Harvard wrestling team split a pair of duals Saturday as it concluded its trip to the Mid-Atlantic region. The Crimson first fell to No. 21 Maryland on the Terps' home mat, 21-14, before turning in a solid 28-9 win over Stanford.

Related Article: Wrestling Splits with No. 21 Maryland, Stanford

Top Plays
GoCrimson.com introduced a new video feature to its lineup for the 2012-13 season, "Top Plays of the Month," counting down the greatest moments from your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams from the previous calendar month. Use the hashtag #CrimsonTop10 to nominate your favorite plays for inclusion.

Tournament Tested
Harvard competed in four tournaments to begin the 2012-13 campaign, including the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. No. 10 Steven Keith placed in each of the first three tournaments to open the season, taking fifth at the BU Open, third at the Keystone Classic and fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Cameron Croy was fifth at the BU Open and second at the Keystone Classic, while Jeffrey Ott made his collegiate debut with a second-place finish at the BU Open before taking sixth at the Keystone Classic.

Captaining the Ship
Seniors Walter Peppelman and Steven Keith were voted by their teammates as captains for the 2012-13 season. Peppelman, serving as captain for a third straight season, has placed eighth at the NCAA's as a 157-pounder each of the last two seasons. His 98 career wins rank seventh in program history while his 28 falls rank third.

Keith earned All-America status for the first time last season with an eighth-place performance at 133 lbs. He has moved up to 141 lbs. this season and enters the weekend ranked eighth in program history with 94 career victories.

Up Next
Harvard will head back out on the road next weekend to face Army on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in West Point, N.Y.