CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team begins its 104th season at the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton on Sunday, Nov. 12. The action will get underway at approximately 9 a.m.
Harvard returns a plethora of talented wrestlers for the 2018-2017 season, including senior Josef Johnson. Johnson led the Crimson with 30 victories last season, and finished in sixth-place at 174 pounds to earn his second straight trip to the NCAA Championships. A.J. Jaffe was second on the team registering 22 wins, while Hunter Ladnier followed up with 19 victories at 149 and 285 pounds, respectively.
Scouting the Field
One of the largest tournaments in the fall slate, over 400 wrestlers from a variety of schools will make their way to Binghamton's Events Center for the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat Open. Student-athletes from around the country, including EIWA foes Franklin & Marshall, Army, Cornell, Brown, Navy and host Binghamton, will be in attendance.
Last Year's Event
Johnson led the Crimson claiming a second-place finish. He opened the tournament with a 3-2 decision over Navy's Robert Winning, and won in a sudden victory in both the third round, and quarterfinals defeating Binghamton's Anthony Deprez, and Maryland's Sam Rowell. Hunter Ladnier and A.J. Jaffe, along with Nicholas Gajdzik also earned top-five performances.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Harvard wrestling will be led by two captains this season: seniors Josef Johnson, and Kanon Dean. It is Johnson's second season leading the Crimson, while Dean is in his first season as a captain.
Succeeding in the Classroom
For the fourth time in five years, the Harvard wrestling program was acknowledged by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for its tremendous academic success. The Crimson posted the highest grade-point average in the nation, while four wrestlers earned All-Academic individual honors.
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The Class of 2021
Harvard wrestling welcomes seven newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign: Cole Bateman, Evan Callahan, Richard Martinez, Lukus Stricker, Trevor Tarsi, Cliffton Wang, and Brock Wilson. The incoming class hails from five different states, and will compete in seven separate weight classes.
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At the Helm
Jay Weiss is in his 24th season as the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. Weiss is a two-time EIWA Coach of the Year, and mentored a pair of national champions in Jesse Jantzen (2004) and JP O'Connor (2010). Under Weiss' watch, Harvard has tallied 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans.
Harvard returns to the mat next Sunday, Nov. 19 with the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa.