Wrestling Pins Down Brown, Boston University

Robert F Worley

With a 7-2 decision over Brown’s Cortlandt Choate Saturday, co-captain Steven Keith tallied his 100th win and helped his Harvard wrestling team top Brown, 21-11, before beating Boston University, 31-6 on the same day.

Harvard co-captain Steven Keith tallied his 100th career win after a 7-2 decision over Brown’s Cortlandt Choate at the Malkin Athletic Center Saturday afternoon. The senior went undefeated for the day, securing his 101st victory a few hours later against Boston University’s Tyler Scotton. Keith now joins the ranks of teammate and co-captain Walter Peppelman in the 100-win club. Keith’s squad ended up winning both of Saturday’s contests, handily taking care of each opponent.


Harvard (7-5, 4-4 EIWA) traveled just down the road to take on the Terriers (7-9) after beating Brown on Saturday.

Freshman Jeffrey Ott opened the match with a 14-0 major decision, going undefeated for the day. Senior Shay Warren continued the Crimson lead after registering a takedown in overtime, securing a 4-2 decision in the 133 weight class.

Keith racked in a third victory for Harvard as well as his 101st career win after defeating his opponent, 4-0.

“Steven went out and did what Steven does,” Peppelman said. “He won a good match against a tough opponent.”

Freshman Todd Preston also went undefeated for the day after clinching a close 8-6 victory over Boston University’s Nick Tourville.

“Preston really shined and beat a top competitor, a junior who’s been in the lineup for the past two years for BU,” Peppelman said. “Todd stepped it up and won there, and that was really big for Todd and good for the team as well.”

At 157, Peppelman pinned his opponent in the opening period. The senior has yet to lose a match in a dual meet this season.

“Luckily I was able to secure a pin, which was good for me,” Peppelman said. “It was a personal victory having lost to that guy before, so that was kind of exciting.”

The Terriers snagged their first decision in the 165 weight class, but the Crimson answered with a takedown by junior Cameron Croy, who secured a 6-1 win.

Freshman Michael Mocco hit the mat for his second college match but this time was able to walk away with a victory.

“Mocco did a really great job responding to injuries,” Peppelman said. “Michael broke his neck in the beginning of the year, and this weekend was his first time back wrestling in competition, so for him to be the winner over a tough competitor in a high pressure situation was phenomenal.”

Boston University picked up the two final bouts, but Harvard ended the meet with a definitive 31-6 victory.

“I’d really like to point out that the freshmen did a really good job,” Peppelman said. “Half of the wrestlers competing against BU were freshmen, so it’s really good to get that big win with such a young team.”