Senior Perspectives: Wrestling's J.P. O'Connor
Senior captains and representatives of varsity teams at Harvard contributed viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard. Each year the Senior Perspectives are compiled into a book and handed out at the Senior Letterwinner’s Dinner.
Senior Perspectives thus forms a valuable portion of each
team’s legacy to sport at Harvard and to the permanent record
built here by our varsity athletes. Throughout the summer, these
senior essays will be posted to GoCrimson.com for all to see.
It’s hard to believe my time here is coming to a close. When I begin to reflect on my senior year, I can’t help but think of a fairy tale ending. I couldn’t have possibly envisioned my college career closing on a better note. From competing in front of a standing-room only crowd on Senior Day at the Malkin Athletic Center, to finally getting my hand raised at the EIWA Conference Championships at Lehigh, to finishing my season undefeated in front of 16,000 people and thousands more watching live on ESPN by winning what had been an ever elusive national title at the NCAA Championships in Omaha, I couldn’t imagine it going any better. And not only to accomplish this feat, but to do so representing Harvard University, was truly special. For me, it means a little more to have done it with a Harvard shield on my chest. That is a uniform that I wore with pride every time I had the opportunity to put it on. Not only had I reached the pinnacle of excellence on the wrestling mat, but I experienced excellence every day in the classroom and in life at Harvard.
Thank you, Harvard, for a wonderful four years that I will truly never forget.