Crimson Tabbed 15th in WIN Preseason Poll; Caputo and OConnor Land in Top Five

Photo of Louis Caputo, David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss and J.P. O'Connor courtesy of

The Harvard wrestling team is tied for 15th in Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s 2009-10 Preseason Tournament Power Index and has two grapplers ranked in the top five in their respective weight classes announced by WIN Monday.

The Crimson was the second Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) and Ivy League team on the list behind No. 3 Cornell. Harvard returns a pair two-time All-Americans in senior captains Louis Caputo and J.P. O’Connor. Both grapplers are also ranked in the top five at 184 and 157 pounds, respectively.

Caputo, who finished eighth at the 2009 NCAA Championships, is ranked fifth at 184 pounds. The Blue Springs, Mo., native compiled a 34-8 record last winter and became the fifth Harvard wrestler to record 100 career wins. He is one of three two-time All-Americans in program history after accomplishing the feat as a sophomore in 2007. Caputo will begin competing for the Crimson in the second semester

O’Connor, who was the first freshman in Crimson history to earn All-America honors as a rookie, just missed earning All-America selection for the third-straight year in 2009. The Oxford, N.Y., native is ranked fourth at 157 pounds. Last year, he compiled a 32-4 overall record, earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors and made his third-straight EIWA Championship final. He begins the season just three wins shy of 100 career victories.

The Tournament Power Index (TPI) is compiled by awarding points to each team for the ranked wrestlers listed in WIN’s current individual rankings. Teams are awarded points based on how many potential All-Americans they could have and get advancement points for wrestlers ranked Nos. 9-20. The order of teams in the TPI varies greatly from dual meet rankings, as some teams have a number of highly ranked individuals but may have holes in their dual meet line-up.

Harvard begins its season Nov. 15 at the Binghamton Open.