Preston and Morris advanced to the round of 12 to lead the Crimson (Robert Preston).
LAS VEGAS – Sophomore Todd Preston and freshman Eric Morris represented the Harvard wrestling team in the round of 12 at the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, but fell just short in their bid to reach the podium.
Preston began the tournament unseeded at 141 lbs. but quickly made his mark, upsetting third-seeded and eighth-ranked Joey Lazor from Northern Iowa with a first period fall at the 1:12 mark. Preston picked up a 4-1 decision over Boise State's Travis Himmelman in the second round, but fell to sixth-seeded and 20th-ranked Anthony Abidin or Arizona State, 7-4, to be knocked from championship competition.
On Saturday in the round of 12, Preston was pinned by San Francisco State's Dylan Phillipy to fall one victory short of the podium.
Morris opened the 174 lbs. bracket with an 8-2 decision against Wyoming's Brent Havlik, seeded 13th. Morris dropped a 6-0 decision to fourth-seeded and 13th-ranked Matt Miller from Navy in his second bout, but rebounded with a 4-2 decision over Frank Affronti of Hofstra in the wrestlebacks. Morris also picked up a 14-6 major decision versus Oregon State's Joe Latham to keep his chase for the podium intact.
Morris, like Preston, was defeated in his round of 12 bout by sixth-seeded Austin Gabel of Virginia Tech, 4-1.
Senior co-captain Cameron Croy picked up a pair of victories on Friday at 184 lbs. but was knocked from the competition before day two. The Brentwood, Tenn., native earned his first win against Navy's James Mannier, 8-2, and also pinned Western Wyoming's Austin Beaman in the second round at 4:37.
Harvard will be back on the mats after the holiday break with a trip to Chicago for the 51st Midlands Championships.