Harvard Welcomes Eight Grapplers for 2009-10 Season
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling has announced the addition of eight freshmen to the Harvard wrestling team for the upcoming 2009-10 season.
The Crimson had at least one All-American for the fourth year in a row in 2009 and finished in the top 50 at the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in the last 12 years.
Weiss adds a 125 pounder and seven middle weights to his line-up. The newcomers, who come from seven different states, will provide much needed depth for the Crimson.
Harvard returns two All-Americans and another NCAA qualifier next season.
Nicholas Brazeau/Kalamazoo, Mich./Mattawan High
Wrestled and played soccer for Mattawan High School ... Captained the wrestling team as a junior and senior ... Earned all-state and all-regional honors in 2008 and was a two-time academic all-state recipient ... A three-time all-district and three-time all-conference selection ... Named wrestling team MVP and received the coaches award as a senior ... Picked up academic all-state honors in soccer in his final season ... Holds Mattawan high school record for most wins in a season and is second on the all-time wins list ... Member of the National Honor Society, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and student government ... Received the Principal Leadership Award in 2009 ... Uncle, Denis Inesman '87 played football for the Crimson.
Anthony Buxton/ Blairstown, N.J./Blair
Started all four years of high school at 140 pounds ... Earned all-league honors four times and was a three-time all-state honoree ... Blair Academy won four national prep championships and two national championships ... Placed fourth at FILA Northeast Junior Regional in 2007 ... Named to the Headmaster's List for Academics in 2009.
Spencer Friedman/Los Angeles,
Earned four varsity letters in wrestling after starting all four years ... Served as team captain in 2009 ... Was name all-league in 2008 and 2009 ... Received the team MVP award as a senior ... A National Merit Scholar Finalist ... Member of the Harvard-Westlake Model UN ... Also a member of the L.A. Teenage Republicans, the Harvard-Westlake Chinese Cultural Club and the Harvard-Westlake Jewish Student Union .... Served as an administrative assistant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Emergency Operations Bureau ... Father, Josh, graduated from Harvard in 1976 and played junior varsity tennis for the Crimson.
Adam Hogue/Twinsburg, Ohio/Blair Academy/157/165
Played football, baseball and wrestled in high school ... Captained wrestling team as a senior ... National Prep champion and three-time National Prep All-American ... Beast of the East runner-up and Ironman place winner ... Named first-team All-Prep state and first-team All-Mid Atlantic Prep League in baseball as a junior ... Was a part of two national championship teams and two national championship runner-up finishes ... Member of the Headmaster's List ... Involved in student government ... Active member of Pin Down Hunger, diabetes, autism and cancer charity events.
Steven Keith/Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading
A five-year starter and letterwinner in wrestling ... National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Junior National All-American ... Three-time all-state honoree ... Won state title as a sophomore and a senior ... Three-time Section XI champion ... Named Section XI Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2008 and received Loi Giani Award for best wrestler in Section XI in 2009 ... Received Section XI Sportsmanship Award ... FILA Cadet National Champion and Outstanding Wrestler ... Three-time New York state junior national duals team member ... Compiled a 186-15 collegiate record after going 46-0 as a senior .... Member of the National Honor Society ... Earned a spot on the Principle's List five times ... Student Against Destructive Decisions member.
David Lalo/Overland Park, Kan./Olathe East Senior High
Letterman in football and wrestling ... Earned first-team All-Olathe and first-team All-Sunflower League honors as an offensive lineman during senior season ... Picked up honorable mention All-Sunflower League honors as a junior ... Sunflower League champion as a junior ... Kansas Regional champion as a junior and senior ... Kansas state medalist in 2008 and 2009 ... Earned All-Sun Country honors as a junior and was named Kansas City Metro Senior All-Star Dual selection in 2009 ... Was the Olathe East Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Football team was regional champions in junior and senior seasons ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society ... Received the President's Education Award and was a KSHSAA Citizenship Award nominee in 2006 ... Won the Harvard Book Prize as a junior ... AP Scholar and National Merit Finalist.
Paul Liguori/Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh High School/141
Earned six varsity letters in wrestling and served as team captain for three years ... A five-time All-Nassau County selection .... Won the Nassau County championships four times ... Earned all-state honors four times ... A two-time New York State champion ... National runner-up as a sophomore ... Greco Roman Fargo All-American and New York state freestyle champion ... Finished career with a 217-16 record ... Holds state record for 122 consecutive wins ... Recorded 123 varsity pins ... Led Wantagh to first ever title at New York State tournament ... Member of the National Honor Society ... A Wendy's National High School Heisman Award nominee ... A National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Academic All-American ... Member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Kyle Roy/Cohasset, Mass./Milton Academy/165/174
Earned three letters in football ... Was a four-time All-Independent School League selection ... A four-time ISL finalist and three-time northern New England champion ... New England Prep champion as a junior ... Two-time team MVP ... Owned a 105-3 high school record ... Father, Peter, is a Harvard graduate .. His aunt, Jane Roy '78, rowed for Radcliffe and served as captain ... Uncle, Steve Roy '68, and Aunt, Ellen Roy '82, also graduated from Harvard.