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Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History: #21-#25

Pictured to the right is the 1924-25 Harvard wrestling team coached by William E. Lewis.

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," beginning this week with No's. 25-21.

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.


#21 A Win for the Ages:
On Feb. 10, 2013, the Harvard wrestling team (pictured at right) pulled off one of the upsets of the year by knocking off No. 14 Lehigh on its home mat, 25-16. With the score tied at 16, 197-pounder James Fox came up with a 2-0 decision over John Bolich to put Harvard out in front by three, 19-16. From there, heavyweight Nicholas Gajdzik did the rest, registering his third fall of the year against Max Wessell in sudden victory overtime to seal the victory.

The win was Harvard's first against Lehigh since 1998 and broke a streak of 14 consecutive losses to the Mountain Hawks, who placed eighth at the previous year's NCAA Championships.


#22 Rhodes Scholars:
Harvard University boasts more Rhodes Scholars (336) than any school in the country, and more Harvard athletes (52) have earned Rhodes Scholarships than any other school. In fact, Harvard athletics alone claims more Rhodes Scholars than all but five entire universities.

Four of Harvard's Rhodes Scholars have earned varsity letters in wrestling; Thomas E. Hill Jr. (1959), Milton M. Yasunaga (1977), Fred T. Smith (1978) and Scott Merriner (1991).


 #23 Valedictorians:
Harvard has earned the highest GPA among Div. I wrestling programs three out of the last four years, and has garnered NWCA All-Academic honors as one of the top 30 teams in the nation academically each of the last seven years. The Crimson's 3.5133 GPA in 2010-11 (pictured below) ranks as the highest in the history of the award, a distinction which dates back to 1990-91. 


#24 Top of Their Class:
Four wrestlers have been honored with Harvard's William J. Bingham Award as the senior class' outstanding male athlete; Robert R. Foster '59, Frank Fronhofer II '93, Jesse Jantzen '04 and J.P. O'Connor '10.


#25: Circa 1780 – The Tradition Begins:
The inscription on the wall of The Stanley Durwood Wrestling Room reads: "Athletic competition among Harvard students began when a group of sophomores issued a challenge to members of the freshman class for a wrestling match.  Afterwards, the winners were treated to dinner by the vanquished."