Five home meets headline upcoming season for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five tournaments and 11 dual meets highlight the regular season schedule for the Crimson, announced by The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss. The Crimson hosts five dual meets in 2015, with four of them against conference opponents.
"Once again, our schedule will allow us to see some of the best teams in the country which will get us prepared for our dual meet season and postseason tournaments," said Weiss. "We have an experienced group coming back that will be ready for the challenge."
Harvard begins the year at the Binghamton Open, which marks the seventh consecutive season that the Crimson has started at the tournament. Sophomore Eric Morris led the charge in the event last season, wrestling to a fourth place overall finish in the 174-pound division. The Crimson will continue the run of tournaments at the Keystone Classic, where junior Todd Preston placed second in 2013, and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Closing 2014, the team travels to Evanston, Illinois to take part in the Midlands Championships over the last weekend in December. Junior Devon Gobbo advanced to the round of 12 in last year's event. The Franklin & Marshall open ensues after the New Year, and will take place on January 3.
Harvard takes on Maryland and VMI in a pair of dual meets before starting conference play at American January 11.
The Crimson continues EIWA play with matches against Princeton, Penn, and Lehigh before returning to Cambridge for the remainder of the regular season. Harvard hosts Brown and Johnson & Wales on February 14 before closing the season against Columbia February 20.
The EIWA Championships are slated to begin March 7 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with the NCAA Championships set to begin March 19. Preston advanced to the round of 12 at the NCAA Finals last year after winning his weight class at the EIWA Championships.
Seven duals will be featured on the Ivy League Digital Network for the Crimson this season, which returns 12 letterwinners from last season's squad.