Nine Freshmen to Join Harvard Wrestling in 2014-15
The Crimson has added nine freshmen to a group that returns six former EIWA placewinners (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, has announced the addition of nine freshmen to the Harvard roster for the 2014-15 academic year; Kanon Dean, Angus Cowell, Austin Gobbo, Josef Johnson, Spencer Kiehm, Logan Kirby, Mason Miller, Rico Stormer and Tyler Tarsi. The nine newcomers hail from six different states and two countries, and will add immediate depth to five weight classes.
"This group has proven throughout their high school careers that they have what it takes to succeed not only on the mat, but more importantly in the classroom and hopefully the real world," Weiss commented. "Each of our incoming freshmen has experienced winning at a high level as individuals and as a team, and will add more depth and character to our program. We are excited to begin working with each of them this fall as we work towards our common goals."
Class of 2018
Kanon Dean | 5-10 | 165 lbs. | Lowell, Mich. | Lowell High School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and two-year letter in football … Captained the wrestling team as a junior and senior … Helped Lowell High School to the Michigan State Championship in 2014 and a final national ranking of No. 17 … Also helped Lowell to a pair of runner-up finishes at the state tournament, as well as four straight conference, district and regional championships … Earned All-State honors as a junior and senior, and was a four-time state championships qualifier … Won district championships as a junior and senior and was a four-time All-League selection … Won a conference championship in 2013 as captain of the football team … Earned Academic All-State honors in both wrestling and football … Graduated as the class Valedictorian … Member of the National Honor Society, Youth Advisory Council and Pink Arrow Football.
Angus Cowell | 6-1 | 197 lbs. | Montreal, Quebec | The Hotchkiss School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling … Competed at The Hotchkiss School from 2012-14 and at Loyola High School from 2007-12 … Served as team captain at The Hotchkiss School in 2014 and at Loyola High School from 2009-11 … Won the 2014 Canadian Junior Greco-Roman Championship and was a finalist at the 2014 Canadian Junior Freestyle Championships … Was also a finalist at the 2013 U.S. Junior Freestyle Nationals … Won back-to-back New England Championships in 2013 and 2014 … Earned All-New England honors in 2014 and All-Founders honors in 2013.
Austin Gobbo | 6-0 | 197 lbs. | Basking Ridge, N.J. | Delbarton School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and two-year letterwinner in golf … Captained the wrestling team as a senior … Also competed for Iron Horse Wrestling Club and Shore Thing Wrestling Club … Helped Delbarton School to a New Jersey Non-Public State Championship in 2011, three straight district championships from 2011-13 and four straight county championships from 2011-14 … Two-time district placewinner and regional qualifier … Named All-Conference honorable mention as a junior … Won a New Jersey Non-Public State Championship in 2013 with the golf team as well as a county and conference championship … Earned highest honors each trimester at Delbarton … Served as co-coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a junior and senior, and as co-coordinator for the Middle School Mentor Program each year … Was also a member of the MENSA High IQ Society, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and volunteered at Delbarton's Christmas Gift Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive and Blood Drive.
Josef Johnson | 5-11 | 174 lbs. | Piscataway, N.J. | Delbarton School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and three-year letterwinner in football … Captained the wrestling team as a senior … Also competed for Apex Wrestling Club from 2008-2014 … Helped Delbarton School to a New Jersey Non-Public State Championship in 2011, three straight district championships from 2011-13 and four straight county championships from 2011-14 … Placed third at the New Jersey State Championship as a senior at 170 lbs. and took seventh as a junior at 160 lbs. … Two-time district and regional champion … Placed third at the 2014 Flonationals and fifth at the 2013 Beast of the East … Earned All-America honors at the 2013 NHSCA Junior Nationals and the 2012 Cadet Freestyle Nationals … Named first team all-conference and team MVP as a senior and second team all-county as a junior and senior … Presented the 2014 Craig Berlamino Award for exceptional character and the 2013 Region 3 Paul J. Finn Scholarship for athletic achievement and leadership … Also helped Delbarton football to back-to-back NJSIAA State Championship games in 2011 and 2012, and three straight NJAC conference championships from 2011-13 … Earned first team all-conference and second team all-county honors in football as a senior … Recipient of the St. Michael's College Book Award … Nominated to the National Society of High School Scholars and was an NHSCA Scholar-Athlete … Volunteered with the Adopt-A-Grandparent, Dean-Peer Leadership, Minority Mentor programs … Served as Senior Class President and Freshman Class President.
Spencer Kiehm | 5-9 | 174 lbs. | Honolulu, Hawaii | 'Iolani School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling at 'Iolani School and earned three varsity letters in both football and judo … Captained the wrestling team as a junior and senior, judo team as a freshman, sophomore and senior, and football team as a senior … Won league championships in wrestling at 171 lbs. as a junior and senior … Helped the football team to back-to-back Hawaii State Championships in 2011 and 2012 and three straight league championships from 2011-13 … Won a league championship as a member of the judo team in 2014 and was the league champion at 160 lbs. as a sophomore … Named first team All-State in football as a senior … Also received first team all-league honors as a junior and senior and was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore … Earned the Headmaster's Certificate as a top scholar all four years of high school … Member of the Cum Laude Society, Key Club and concert band … Served as class President as a sophomore.
Logan Kirby | 5-11 | 197 lbs. | Glenelg, Md. | River Hill High School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and three-year letterwinner in football … Captained both the wrestling and football teams as a senior … Also competed for the Team Penguin Wrestling Club and Maryland National Wrestling Team … 2014 Maryland State Champion and two-time runner up (2012, 2013) … Two-time region champion and three-time county champion … Recognized as an NHSCA All-American three times and received FILA Cadet All-America honors in 2012 … Named all-county three times … Helped River Hill football to two state championships and three region championships … Named Defensive MVP as a senior and was a two-time all-county selection … Set school's career sacks record with 14.5 … Member of the National Honor Society, Principal's Honor Rool, Key Club, and served as the Honor Council Vice Chair.
Mason Miller | 5-8 | 133 lbs. | Winterset, Iowa | Winterset High School
Four-year letterwinner at Winterset High School and captained the wrestling team all four years … Placed fifth at the Iowa High School State Championships as a senior at 126 lbs., took fourth as a junior at 113 lbs. and was the runner-up as a sophomore at 106 lbs. … Was also the runner-up at the 2011 Folkstyle Nationals and placed third at the 2011 Junior Freestyle Nationals.
Rico Stormer | 5-9 | 141 lbs. | Circle, Mont. | Circle High School
Served as wrestling and track captain at Circle High ... Earned seven varsity letters in wrestling, track and football ... Named Circle High's Best All Around Athlete in 2014 ... Four-time all-state in wrestling ... Earned Most Outstanding Wrestler Award in 2011, 2013 and 2014 ... Most Valuable Wrestlier in 2012 ... Recipient of Most Inspirational Track Award in 2013 ... Set nine school records in wrestling and was first state champion from Circle, Mont. ... Four-time academic all-state in wrestling ... Named academic all-state in track in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and in football in 2011 ... Valedictorian ... Four-time Academic Olympian ... Enjoys building model cars.
Tyler Tarsi | 5-9 | 157 lbs. | Nazareth, Pa. | Nazareth Area High School
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling at Nazareth Area High School and captained the team as a senior … Helped Nazareth take first at the 2014 district championship, a third-place finish at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Tournament and a fifth-place showing at the 2014 Beast of the East … Two-time state championships qualifier … Placed third at the regional tournament in both 2013 and 2014, and finished fourth at the 2014 Beast of the East … Also placed fourth at the district championship in 2014 after taking third in 2013 and seventh in 2012 … Named All-Area honorable mention as a junior and senior … Four-time recipient of the Nazareth Wrestling Scholar-Athlete award … Member of the National Honor Society and the Student Government Association … Future Business Leaders of America 2014 regional champion and also placed fourth in the region at the Science Olympiad in 2012 and 2013.