Wrestling Concludes Appearance at 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships
Peppelman and Keith will graduate ranked among Harvard's all-time wins leaders (Robert Preston).
Both Peppelman and Keith will graduate with their places in Harvard wrestling history firmly cemented. Peppelman, a two-time All-American, ranks sixth all-time with 108 career wins and is one of just seven grapplers in program annals to earn multiple All-America honors. Keith, meanwhile, ranks seventh with 104 career victories and became an All-American a year ago.
Peppelman, the 11th-seeded wrestler at 157 lbs., put himself in a hole early on Thursday as he was pinned by Ohio's Spartak Chino at the 1:05 mark in the first round. The senior bounced back in the consolation bracket, earning a 3-1 decision over Jake O'Hara of Columbia to advance to Friday. The three-time captain saw his tournament run come to an end during the morning session, however, as he was defeated by fifth-seeded James Flemming of Clarion, 9-0.
Keith found himself at the other end of the spectrum as he opened his tournament with a fall over Oklahoma State's Julian Feikert 39 seconds into the second period. Keith was met by top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State in the second round and dropped a 7-3 decision to the Buckeye, but came back on Friday with an 8-3 decision over Penn State's Bryan Pearsall in his first bout. Keith was then bounced from the tournament via a 7-4 loss to Minnesota's Nick Dardanes, the eighth seed.
Sophomore James Fox, in his second appearance at the national championship, went 0-2 on Thursday to be eliminated from the tournament. Fox opened with a 9-4 loss to Phillip Wellington of Ohio and fell to Iowa's Nathan Burak in the wrestlebacks, 4-0.