Wrestling Opens Weekend with Loss at Columbia, 33-10
Preston, Fox and Ng picked up victories at Columbia Friday night (Robert Preston).
NEW YORK – Todd Preston and James Fox continued their respective winning streaks as the Harvard wrestling team did battle at Columbia Friday night, but it was the Lions who would come out on top, 33-10.
Preston, who now boasts a team-best 18-8 overall mark, picked up his fifth consecutive win and ninth in his last 10 matches to improve to 9-1 in dual meets. Fox, meanwhile, has now won seven straight to improve to 13-7 overall and 9-2 in duals.
Columbia (7-6, 4-5 EIWA) got off to a fast start with a technical fall at 125 lbs. and a decision at 133. Preston put Harvard (4-7, 3-7 EIWA) on the board with his 2-1 victory over Matt Bystol, but needed overtime for the second time in three matches and earned the decision in tiebreakers.
The Lions won each of the next five bouts to secure the team victory.
For the fifth straight match the Crimson finished strong, however, earning wins at 197 lbs. and heavyweight. For Fox it was an 11-3 major decision over Matt Idelson, his fifth of the year, while David Ng got the start at heavyweight and earned a 5-3 decision versus Michael Fetchet.
Harvard will host Lehigh in its final dual meet of the year at Lavietes Pavilion Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. The match will be simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App as part of a partnership between Harvard and ESPN that will see 10 Crimson events this spring simulcast across the three platforms.
Columbia 33, Harvard 10
125: Penn Gottfried (Columbia) tech. fall Max Mejia (Harvard), 16-0, 0-5
133: Angelo Amenta (Columbia) dec. Jeffrey Ott (Harvard), 6-2, 0-8
141: Todd Preston (Harvard) dec. Matt Bystol (Columbia), 2-1 TB1, 3-8
149: Ryan Ponte (Columbia) dec. Nicholas Stager (Harvard), 3-2, 3-11
157: Markus Scheidel (Columbia) maj. dec. Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard), 12-4, 3-15
165: Josh Houldsworth (Columbia) fall Brennan Smith (Harvard), 4:21, 3-21
174: Shane Hughes (Columbia) fall Ian Roy (Harvard), 1:00, 3-27
184: Zack Hernandez (Columbia) inj. Default Cameron Croy (Harvard), 1:55, 3-33
197: James Fox (Harvard) maj. dec. Matt Idelson (Columbia), 11-3, 7-33
HWT: David Ng (Harvard) dec. Michael Fetchet (Columbia), 5-3, 10-33