The Harvard wrestling team is headed west this weekend for the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, being held this year Dec. 6-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
33 teams will be represented in this year's field including heavy hitters No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Northern Iowa, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Iowa State, No. 11 Cornell, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 18 Boise State, No. 20 Virginia, No. 21 Virginia Tech, No. 22 Michigan, No. 23 North Carolina State and No. 25 Wyoming.
At the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational
Harvard will be making its 18th consecutive appearance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Crimson has placed in the top 10 three times at the tournament, including a program-best sixth-place finish in 1997-98. Harvard boasts five CKLV Invitational champions and this year returns one former placewinner to the tournament, James Fox who took seventh at 197 lbs. in 2011.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 6
Last Time Out
Sophomore Todd Preston fell just short in his championship bid to lead the Harvard wrestling team at the 19th annual Keystone Classic. Person was joined on the podium by co-captains Cameron Croy and James, as well as freshman Tyler Grimaldi.
Related Link: Preston Places Second at 19th Annual Keystone Classic
First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013-14, making the Crimson one of the oldest collegiate wrestling programs in the nation. As part of that celebration GoCrimson.com will release the "Top 25 Moments in Harvard Wrestling History" beginning in January with No. 25.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all four of Harvard's home dual meets will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch meets both live and On-Demand on their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Back to Business
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, discusses the team's preseason conditioning program and the tradition of running the Harvard Stadium stairs.
Guess Whose Back
Eight starters and 23 letterwinners from last year's squad which finished its dual meet schedule 8-5 overall, 5-4 in the EIWA, marking the program's first winning dual-meet record since it won the EIWA in 2000-01 and its first winning record in the conference since the same year. The 2012-13 version of the Crimson also placed eight on the podium at the EIWA Championships and earned seven All-Ivy League selections, again the most since 2001.
Seven freshmen have joined the Crimson for the 2013-14 season; Zachary Dinan, Samuel Ekanem, Tyler Grimaldi, Colby Knight, Eric Morris, Colton Peppelman and Bradley Perkins. The seven member class of 2017 hails from five different states, represents five different weight classes and is made up of three All-Americans, two state champions and a private school state champion.
Taking the Lead
Senior Cameron Coy and junior James Fox have been elected by their peers to serve as captains for the 2013-14 season. Croy was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year after going 20-16 at both 174 lbs. and 184 lbs., and placing eighth at the EIWA Championships as a 174-pounder. Fox, meanwhile, was named to the All-Ivy League second team and qualified for the NCAA Championships with a runner-up performance at the EIWA Championships.
"Both Cameron and James have shown their leadership potential at different times of their careers and we are expecting big things from them over the next year," stated Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. "They will have a lot to do with the success of the program in the 2013-2014 campaign, as well as in future years."
Well Rounded Experience
The Harvard wrestling team was recognized as the top academic program in the country in 2012-13, marking the third time in four years the honor has been bestowed upon the Crimson. Under the tutelage of head coach Jay Weiss, Harvard has been ranked in the top 10 10 times and in 2011, the Crimson set the record for highest GPA among Div. I wrestling teams with a combined 3.5133.