Following a one-win, one-loss performance at Rutgers on Friday, the Harvard wrestling team showed no signs of weariness as it won back-to-back contests over Millersville and Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa.
The Crimson (3-1) opened the day with a 43-0 drubbing of Millersville. Four Harvard wrestlers pinned their opponents, and twice the pins came in under two minutes. Franklin & Marshall would not be ousted so easily, but the Crimson battled to a 29-12 victory to stay perfect on the day.
The meet, hosted by Franklin & Marshall, marked a homecoming for Harvard head coach Jay Weiss, who graduated from the school in 1990 after a prolific wrestling career of his own.
The meet also marked only the second day of wrestling for Crimson co-captain Corey Jantzen following two semesters missed due to injury. The senior showed little rust despite the long layoff, pinning his first opponent and earning a major decision over his second with an 11-0 win.
“A couple nerves crept in,” Jantzen said, “but it’s a lot of fun to be back.”
Fellow co-captain junior Walter Peppelman continued a dominant weekend that began on Friday. Peppelman’s two quick pins on Saturday give him four straight, with all but his final win over Franklin & Marshall’s Eric Norgard taking no more than two minutes.
“Everyone performed really well. The younger guys stepped up,” Janzten said. “Everybody wrestled to their potential.”
HARVARD 29, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 12
Franklin & Marshall (0-10) earned six points for a forfeit victory at 125 pounds, but that would prove the high point for the Diplomats as Harvard would take six of the seven remaining matches.
Crimson junior Stephen Keith earned his fourth win in two days with a major decision over Robert Ruiz to close the deficit. Franklin & Marshall grappler Richard Durso earned a decision over Harvard freshman Patrick Hogan at 141 pounds, but thereafter the Crimson took control.
Janzten took a major decision over Andrew Murano, followed by consecutive pins from Peppelman and junior Paul Liguori at 157 and 167 pounds, respectively.
Franklin & Marshall’s Matt Fullowan briefly interrupted the Crimson’s streak with a win at 174 pounds, but Harvard responded with three consecutive wins to seal the victory.
Sophomore Cameron Croy won a decision, 10-4, over Matt Latessa at 184 pounds, and freshmen James Fox and David Ng capped the Crimson win with victories at 197 and 285 pounds, respectively.
“We had a couple matches that didn’t go our way, but overall I think everyone stepped up and competed really well,” Jantzen said.
HARVARD 43, MILLERSVILLE 0