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Wrestling to Take On Brown, Boston University Saturday

The Crimson will wrestle twice Saturday against regional foes (OAC).

Storyline
Coming off its biggest win of the year, the Harvard wrestling team will return to Cambridge this weekend to face Brown and Boston University in a pair of Saturday duals. The Crimson will first host the Bears at the Malkin Athletic Center at 12 p.m. before heading across the Charles River to take on the Terriers on their home mat at 6:30 p.m.

Watch Live Online
A live video stream will be available for Saturday's dual versus Brown through GoCrimson.com with play-by-play man Andy Towne and two-time All-American Dustin DeNunzio '98 on the call. A single-event subscription can be purchased for just $9.95, or you can sign up for a season pass for $29.95 to receive access to each of Harvard's home matches on-demand. Both the live and on-demand video is available on PC's, mobile devices and tablets.

Related Link: Harvard Game Central

Tweetables
Below are 140 character or less notes on the Harvard wrestling team, perfect for sharing with your followers on Twitter. Follow @HarvardCrimson for all the latest news and notes on your favorite Crimson student-athletes and teams or use the hashtag #GoCrimson to see what fans are saying about Crimson athletics.

  • No. 10 Steven Keith boasts 99 career victories and is seeking to become the 8th member of @HarvardWrestlin's 100-win club Saturday
  • No. 10 Steven Keith leads @HarvardWrestlin with 22 victories on the year and has 11 wins with bonus points
  • No. 8 @WalterPeppelman enters the weekend a perfect 10-0 in dual meets and has earned bonus points 7 times
  • .@JTWCoach joined Scott Casber on @TakedownRadio earlier this week, listen to the interview here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdTRMCsD_Io
  • .@HarvardWrestlin defeated then 14th-ranked Lehigh last Sunday in Bethlehem, marking the team's first win vs. the Mountain Hawks since 1998
  • .@HarvardWrestlin will attempt to win its 1st ever Charles Cup Saturday evening when it faces BU for Boston wrestling's bragging rights

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 an 12-2 record this season with a 10-0 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 9-1 in duals with an overall record of 22-6 wrestling at 141 lbs. and comes in this week ranked No. 10.

History in the Making
No. 8 Walter Peppelman became the seventh member of Harvard's 100-win club this season with a 4-2 decision in sudden victory over No. 17 Scott Winston of Rutgers. No. 10 Steven Keith is poised to join Peppelman on that short list as he brings 99 career victories into the weekend.

The last Crimson to reach 100 wins was 2010 NCAA Champion and current assistant coach J.P. O'Connor '10 who finished his career tied with Jesse Jantzen '04 for the most wins in program history at 132. All seven current members of Harvard's 100-win club have been coached by Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.

Related Link: Harvard Wrestling Media Center

 

Last Time Out
The Harvard wrestling team pulled off one of the upsets of the year Sunday afternoon, knocking off No. 14 Lehigh on its home mat, 25-16. With the score tied at 16, 197-pounder James Fox came up with a 2-0 decision over John Bolich to put Harvard out in front by three, 19-16, heading into the final bout. From there heavyweight Nicholas Gajdzik did the rest, registering his third fall of the year against Max Wessell in sudden victory overtime to seal the victory.

Related Article: Wrestling Upsets No. 14 Lehigh on the Road, 25-16

Projected Lineups

Wt.
125:
133:
141:

149:

157:
165:
174:

184:
197:
HWT:

Harvard (5-5, 3-4 EIWA)
Jeffrey Ott (14-13, 5-5)
Ryan Osleeb (8-10, 4-4)
No. 10 Steven Keith (22-6, 9-1)
Patrick Hogan (3-4, 0-0)
Todd Preston (3-5, 3-5)
Alexis Wagener (0-6, 0-2)
No. 8 Walter Peppelman (12-2, 10-0)
Devon Gobbo (7-9, 3-7)
Cameron Croy (16-12, 4-5)
Ian Roy (4-5, 0-1)
Josh Popple (7-12, 2-8)
James Fox (7-3, 7-3)
David Ng (7-8, 3-2)
Nicholas Gajdzik (5-8, 1-4)

Wt.
125:

133:

141:

149:
157:

165:

174:
184:

197:

HWT:

Brown (7-7, 2-5 EIWA)
Billy Watterson (14-13, 4-3)
Vinny Moita (6-4, 0-0)
Anthony Finocchiaro (4-8, 2-4)
Beau Martino (5-6, 4-4)
Cort Choate (6-15, 0-7)
Zack Tanenbaum (6-9, 0-1)
Zach Rees (3-7, 0-2)
Phil Marano (5-6, 2-3)
CJ Howard (2-9, 1-1)
Giuseppi Lanzi (9-10, 3-1)
Austin Rugraff (2-7, 0-1)
Ricky McDonald (3-10, 0-5)
Ophir Bernstein (16-7, 5-2)
Sebastien Levin (4-7, 1-0)
Sterling Hecox (13-6, 5-1)
Gus Marker (2-6, 0-1)
Marcos Aranda (5-11, 1-1)
DJ Ingham (1-7, 0-50

Wt.
125:
133:
141:
149:
157:
165:
174:
184:
197:
HWT:

Boston University (7-7, 1-4 CAA)
Bubba McGinley (7-4)
Dane Harlowe (4-3)
Tyler Scotton (13-11)
Nick Tourville (10-10)
Nestor Taffur (28-6)
Mitchell Wightman (15-8)
Kyle Czarnecki (11-10)
Alex Najjar (10-5)
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Kevin Innis (14-6)

 

 

Young Guns
Harvard's lineup features seven talented underclassmen headlined by 2012 NCAA Qualifier James Fox. The sophomore missed the first half of the season due to an injury but has since improved to 7-3. Freshman Jeffrety Ott has started all season at 125 lbs. and has gained valuable experience wrestling five matches against nationally ranked opponents, including a 4-0 win over Maryland's Shane Gentry who was ranked 17th at the time. Fellow freshman Devon Gobbo also missed the first portion of the year due to an injury but boasts a 10-6 win over Northwestern's Pierce Harger, then ranked 11th, in his first collegiate match. 

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. 

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 104 career wins rank sixth in program history while his 29 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 99 career victories.

Up Next
Harvard will close out its dual meet schedule at home next Friday, Feb. 22 against Columbia at 7 p.m.