The roof fell in on the Crimson wrestling team again last night.
A month ago it was Cornell that buried the Crimson 33-0, ending Harvard's hopes of its first Ivy League wrestling title ever. Last night a powerful Rutgers team put on a display of strength almost equal to the one Harvard ran into in Ithaca.
Only sophomore 137-pounder Howard Durfee survived the onslaught, as he turned in a 6-5 decision over Sam Gramiccioni. The win was a bit tainted--Durfee won on time advantage after blowing a two-point lead in the last 15 seconds. But Harvard was taking anything it could get.
Even Captain Fred Pereira dropped his second match of the year, a 4-2 decision to the Scarlet Knights' John Welch. Pereira got behind 2-0 in the first period and never could get the third period reversal he needed to tie the match.
The meet wasn't as utterly devastating as the tragedy at Cornell; some of the individual matches were close. 120-pounder Brian Smith dropped a 7-4 decision to John Damico after almost pinning him in the last minute. Jack Mamana lost a 8-7 decision to Tom Healey at 157 after scoring a last-minute reversal to tie the match.
But several of the Rutgers wins were easy. Don Pike 9122) blasted Peter Keeler, 9-2. Gene O'Donnell (147) put on a dazzling exhibition of leg riding before pinning Brian Conley in 5:53. Ron Gelser (177) trounced newcomer John Ashby, 114, and Rutgers stars Bob Rader (191) and Ed Scarer (Hwt.) won decisions by 5-0 and 8-3 scores respectively.
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Peppelman Earns 100th Win but Wrestling Team FallsIt was a bittersweet afternoon for the Harvard wrestling team when it welcomed Rutgers to the Malkin Athletic Center Sunday.
Men's Volleyball Improves Seeding Possibilities with SweepThe Harvard men’s volleyball team struggled initially on Friday night, playing conference foe New Jersey Institute of Technology into five games. But the squad suddenly turned it on at the very end of the contest, seizing a victory, 3-2, amidst come-backs from deficits in both the overall match and individual games.
Wrestling Suffers First Loss of Season at RutgersFresh off a victory over 24th-ranked Rider to open the dual meet portion of its schedule, the Harvard wrestling team fell behind early and could not recover from the deficit, falling to Rutgers, 24-15.
Men's Volleyball Picks Up Two Wins at HomeWith a pair of all-around efforts, the Crimson picked up straight-set victories over both NJIT and Rutgers-Newark to maintain its one-loss conference record and post its best seven game EIVA start in Harvard history.
Women's Basketball Eliminated in Second Round of WNIT