NEW YORK - The Columbia wrestling team will hit the road this weekend to close out the dual portion of its season with two key Ivy League matches. On Friday, February 18, the Lions will face Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. at 7 p.m., before traveling to Providence, R.I. on Saturday for a 2 p.m. dual against Brown.
LAST TIME OUT
Columbia split a pair of duals last weekend against Princeton and Penn. The Lions dominated the Tigers 32-8 on Friday night at the historic New York Athletic Club, and put up a hard fought battle to No. 19 Penn the following day, but ultimately fell 19-13 to the Quakers. Columbia won eight of the 10 bouts against Princeton, including an exciting 11-9 sudden victory win by Jake O'Hara over Daniel Kolodzik. Against Penn, the Lions won four matches, highlighted by Eren Civan's 3-1 upset of No. 18 Gabriel Burak at 165 pounds.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard is 2-13 in dual matches this season, having faced a number of talented teams. Leading the Crimson this year is Walter Peppelman at 157 pounds. Peppelman is ranked No. 6 in the country and sports a 24-4 record. Steven Keith has also been solid for Harvard, picking up 16 wins this season at 1255/133 pounds.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown is 1-8 overall this season entering a busy weekend that includes four home matches over two days. Brown is coming off a big 24-17 win on the road at Harvard last weekend.
LESTER LEADING THE WAY
Kevin Lester has been dominant for the Lions so far this season. The junior leads the team with a 21-6 record, and is a perfect 3-0 in Ivy League matches entering the weekend. The heavyweight has scored bonus points in nine of his 21 wins this season, including a team-high six pins. Lester has won 13 straight bouts and is ranked No. 20 in the country by Amateur Wrestling News.
CIVAN, MILLS, O'HARA STRONG IN IVY LEAGUE
O'Hara (157), Civan (165), and Nick Mills (184) are all 2-1 in Ivy League action entering this weekend. Each of the three wrestlers won both of their matches last week against Princeton and Harvard, and will look to carry that momentum into this weekend's conference matches.
Columbia will next compete at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships March 5-6. The two-day tournament will be hosted by Bucknell University in the Sojka Pavilion. For more information on the tournament, click here.