Cambridge, Mass. - The Columbia wrestling team came out on fire as the Lions defeated Ivy League rival Harvard on Friday, February 18. Columbia won eight of the 10 bouts en route to a 32-7 victory over the Crimson. With the win, the Lions improve to 8-6 and evened its Ivy League record to 2-2.
Harvard took a 4-0 lead with a major decision at 125 pounds, but the Lions won the next three bouts to take a 15-4 lead and never looked back.
Kyle Gilchrist got things started at 133 pounds when he pinned Fermin Mendez in 3:48. Josh Houldsworth won by forfeit at 141 before Steve Santos defeated Joseph Marino at 149 pounds. The sophomore, competing for the first time since early January, downed Marino 6-2 to give the Lions an 11 point lead.
Next up was Jake O'Hara who squared off against Walter Peppelman, currently ranked sixth in the country. O'Hara proved more than up for the challenge and battled tough with Peppelman. After a scoreless first period, Peppelman picked up his only point of the match on an escape to begin the second. O'Hara was in on a takedown with 20 seconds to go in the third but was unable to finish it, as Peppleman held on for a slim 1-0 win.
From there on out it was all Columbia. Eren Civan had an 18-6 major decision over Erik Gobb at 165 pounds while Nick Mills also had a major decision at 184, defeating Michael Sadler 15-3. Stephen West downed Ian Roy 5-1 at 174 pounds, and Mike Pushpak defeated Bryan Panzano 8-2 at 197 pounds.
In the final match, Kevin Lester had a thrilling overtime win against Andrew Knapp. After neither wrestler managed to score in the first period, Knapp escaped in the second while Lester escaped in the third to knot the match at 1-1. After a scoreless sudden victory period, both wrestlers escaped in each of the first tie-breakers to keep the match going. In the second tie-breaker, Knapp escaped and got a penalty point, but Lester managed a reversal to once again tie the match. Ultimately it was Lester that won the bout on 0:33 of riding time.
Columbia returns to action on Saturday, February 19 when it travels to Providence, R.I. to face Brown in its final dual of the season.
Columbia 32, Harvard 7
125: Steven Keith def. Penn Gottfried, Md 10-1
133: Kyle Gilchrist def. Fermin Mendez, F, 3:48
141: Josh Houldsworth won by forfeit
149: Steve Santos def. Joseph Marino, D, 6-2
157: No. 6 Walter Peppelman def. Jack O'Hara, D, 1-0
165: Eren Civan def. Erik Gobb, Md, 18-6
174: Stephen West def Ian Roy, D, 5-1
184: Nicholas Mills def. Michael Sadler, Md, 15-3
197: Michael Pushpak def. Bryan Panzano D, 8-2
285: Kevin Lester def. Andrew Knapp, D, 4-4 TB