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Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History: #16-#20

Pictured to the right is Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - 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 is releasing the "Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History," continuing this week with No's. 16-20.

Make sure to follow the Crimson throughout this historic season via Twitter (@HarvardWrestlin) and use the hashtag #HW100Years to join in the conversation.

To learn more about the history of Harvard wrestling, visit the team's Media Center by clicking here.


#16 Wrestling's First All-American:
Joseph Solano placed third at the 1930 NCAA Wrestling Tournament to become the program's first ever All-American. Solano defeated Jean Toncoff of Illinois in his first wrestleback before pinning George Belshaw of Indiana to reach the podium at 165 lbs.

#17 Olympian Feats
After graduating from Harvard in 2000, Nate Ackerman (pictured at right) went on to represent his country at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Ackerman was a two-time British national champion (2002, '04), and was a five-time qualifier for the World Championships.


 #18 Trials Champion:
After enjoying a career that included four All-Ivy League honors and the program's 10th best win-loss percentage, two-time captain Paul Widerman '83 went on to win the 1984 Olympic Trials qualifying tournament. Widerman's signature victory came against former Lehigh standout Bobby Weaver, an All-American in 1982, 5-5 on criteria. Widerman would miss out on making the team after losing to Weaver in the Olympic Trial finals, with Weaver eventually bringing home the Gold medal for the USA at 105.5 pounds.


#19 Building A Legacy:
Jay Weiss was named Harvard wrestling's head coach prior to the 1993-94 season, becoming just the fourth coach of the Crimson since 1950. The two-time EIWA Coach of the Year has mentored two national champions, 16 EIWA champions and 19 All-American's during his 20 seasons at the helm of the Crimson, creating a culture of excellence never before seen.

#20 Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks:
In 1993, Andy McNerney '83 (pictured at left) became the oldest wrestler to win a Midlands championship when he captured the 150 lbs. title at 33 years of age. McNearney, who earned All-America honors as a senior and was a four-time All-Ivy League selection for the Crimson, held the distinction until 34-year old Chris Bono dethroned him in 2008.