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10th-Seeded Preston, Fox to Represent Harvard Wrestling at 2014 NCAA Championships

10th-seeded Preston and Fox will represent the Crimson on the sport's biggest stage (Robert Preston).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard wrestlers Todd Preston and James Fox are among the 330 student-athletes who will begin their quests for a national title when the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships begin Thursday morning at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Harvard is sending at least one representative to Nationals for the 19th consecutive year, and has seen two or more Crimson grapplers take to the mats at each tournament since 1998. Preston will be making his first appearance at NCAA's as the 10th-seeded wrestler at 141 lbs. while Fox will be making his third straight appearance at 197 lbs.

Schedule of Events (All Times Eastern)

Thursday, March 20
12 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 21
11 a.m.
8 p.m.

Saturday, March 22
11 a.m.
8 p.m.


Session I: First Round
Session II: Second Round, Wrestlebacks


Session III: Quarterfinals, Wrestlebacks
Session IV: Semifinals, Wrestlebacks


Session V: Medal-Round Wrestlebacks
Session VI: Finals


ESPNU
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ESPN


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Watch from Home
With all six sessions televised and every match carried on ESPN3 for the first time, ESPN will provide unprecedented coverage of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. ESPN will televise the semifinals and finals, while ESPNU televises the first and second sessions, the quarterfinals and medal round. Digitally, ESPN3 will carry individual mat feeds throughout the entire tournament and debut a special — Inside the Mat — during the finals.  All six sessions will also be available on WatchESPN.

Adam Amin and Shawn Kenney will call the action, with and Quint Kessenich providing mat-side reports. ESPN's coverage will also feature guest analysts Kyle Dake, Anthony Robles, Jim Gibson and Tim Johnson.

Follow from Anywhere
For updates throughout the event, fans can follow @HarvardCrimson, @HarvardWrestlin and @NCAAWrestling on Twitter.

141 lbs.: No. 10 Todd Preston • Sophomore
2013-14: 23-8, EIWA Champion • 2014 EIWA Most Outstanding Wrestler • Career: 25-14
Preston has been seeded 10th at 141 lbs. after capturing his first EIWA championship and earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. The sophomore secured the title with an 8-6 decision over then ninth-ranked Luke Vaith of Hofstra, scoring a takedown in the final seconds of a second sudden victory overtime period. Preston, who was named to the All-Ivy League second team, will carry a 23-8 record into his first NCAA tournament, having won 10 straight matches and 14 of his last 15. He has defeated three nationally ranked opponents this season, including two who were ranked in the top 10 at the time.

Preston's tournament will begin against Lock Haven's Daniel Neff (31-8).

197 lbs.: James Fox • Junior
2013-14: 15-9, At-Large Qualifier • Career: 49-30
Fox picked up one of 45 at-large bids to the tournament to earn his third consecutive trip to NCAA's. He was also an at-large qualifier in 2012 as a freshman, and placed second at the EIWA Championships last year to punch his ticket. The native of Plainfield, N.J., was bounced from Eastern's early despite being seeded seventh at 197 lbs., but will carry a 15-9 record with him having won nine of his last 11 bouts.

Fox's first-round matchup will be with eighth-seeded Phillip Wellington (33-3) of Ohio.

Last Season
James Fox was joined by former All-American's Steven Keith '13 and Walter Peppelman '12-13 at the 2013 NCAA Championships, marking the fourth time in five seasons at least three grapplers represented Harvard at the tournament. Keith posted a 2-2 record in his fourth trip to Nationals with Peppelman going 1-2 and Fox 0-2.

Harvard at the NCAA Championships
Three student-athletes have claimed national titles in Harvard wrestling singlets, all as seniors: John Harkness '38 at 175 pounds, Jesse Jantzen '04 at 149 and O'Connor '10 at 157.

The Crimson boasts 27 All-America performances in program history, including 19 under Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. The Crimson has had at least one student-athlete reach the podium in 10 of the last 12 years, including a string of seven straight years with at least one All-American from 2006-12. Harvard has never had an All-American at 197 lbs. and has had just two at 141 lbs.; Dustin DeNunzio '98 (1999), Max Meltzer '06 (2007).

On the Podium
Harvard celebrated five placewinners at the 2014 EIWA Championships highlighted by Todd Preston, who placed first at 141 lbs. and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Cameron Croy brought his career to a close by placing sixth at 184 lbs. to reach the podium for a fourth consecutive year, and was joined by Devon Gobbo (165 lbs., 6th), Jeffrey Ott (133 lbs., 6th) and David Ng (HWT, 7th).

All-Ivy Honors
Harvard placed three individuals on the All-Ivy League teams, highlighted by James Fox's unanimous selection to the first team. Fox earned his second straight All-Ivy honor after being named to the second team a year ago. Todd Preston was recognized on the second team for his first All-Ivy honor while David Ng also picked up his first accolade with selection as an honorable mention.

Leaving a Legacy
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 20th season at the helm of the Crimson. A two-time EIWA Coach of the Year, Coach Weiss has mentored two national champions, 16 EIWA champions and 19 All-American's during his 20 seasons at the helm of the Crimson, and has also seen his teams rank No. 1 academically in three of the last four years.

Leaving a Legacy
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 20th season at the helm of the Crimson. A two-time EIWA Coach of the Year, Coach Weiss has mentored two national champions, 16 EIWA champions and 19 All-American's during his 20 seasons at the helm of the Crimson, and has also seen his teams rank No. 1 academically in three of the last four years.


Centennial Celebration
First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team is 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 released the "Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History," concluding this week with No's. 1-5.

Enshrinement
Harvard wrestling great Jesse Jantzen '04 was inducted into the EIWA Hall of Fame prior to the championship finals of this year's tournament.

Jantzen was one of four inductees from the Class of 2014 which also included Kyle Dake (Cornell '13), David Pottruck (Penn '70) and Matt Valenti (Penn '07). Jantzen is just the third wrestler in Harvard history to earn enshrinement among the EIWA's all-time greats.

Related Link: Jantzen '04 To Be Inducted Into EIWA Hall of Fame

Live From Lavietes
Harvard hosted Lehigh in its final dual meet of the year at Lavietes Pavilion, with the meet being simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. The broadcast was part of a partnership between Harvard and ESPN that will see 10 Crimson events this spring simulcast across the three platforms.