Bolstered by its young core, the Crimson took to the mat for the first time on Sunday (Gil Talbot).
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Harvard wrestling team began its 100th anniversary celebration on Sunday at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open. Freshman Eric Morris placed fourth to highlight the Crimson's performance while classmate Tyler Grimaldi and sophomore Devon Gobbo reached the quarterfinals.
Morris was impressive in his debut, winning four straight matches, including three with bonus points, to reach the 174 lbs. semifinals. His first collegiate victory came via a 16-0 tech-fall over Cortland's Joe Cataldo, with an 8-0 major decision against Maryland's Phil Rubilotto and a 9-0 major over Boston University's Colin Saunders to follow. The freshman earned a close 4-3 decision versus Cornell's Jesse Shanaman to advance to the semi's, but was knocked off by Penn State's Matt Brown, ranked third in the country, 13-3. Morris rebounded with a 10-3 major against Nick Corba of CSU before being pulled from the consolation finals for precautionary reasons.
Grimaldi opened his first collegiate tournament with a bang, registering three straight decisions to reach the quarterfinals of the 157 lbs. bracket. Grimaldi lost a heartbreaker to No. 13 Nestor Taffur of Boston University, 11-10, to be knocked from the championship bracket, but rebounded with a 9-4 victory over Cortland's Chris Sarro before exiting the tournament with a 4-2 mark.
Gobbo also reached the quarterfinals with a pair of decisions at 165 lbs. The sophomore first knocked off Stevens Institute's Connor Bass, 10-4, before taking out Penn State's Garrett Hammond, 9-6. Gobbo, like Grimaldi, lost by a single point in the quarters, 7-6 to Lock Haven's Jake Kemerer, and finished with a 3-2 record after picking up another win in the wrestleback bracket.
Harvard will return to the mat in two weeks at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa.