Wrestling to Close Out Year at 51st Annual Midlands Championships

Wrestling to Close Out Year at 51st Annual Midlands Championships

The Harvard wrestling team will close out 2013 when it travels to Evanston, Ill., for the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. This year's event is scheduled to take place Dec. 29-30 at Northwestern's Welsh-Ryan Arena, with the championship finals being televised live on Big Ten Network Dec. 30 at 9 p.m. EST.

The annual tournament regularly features many of the top programs in the country, and this year's field will include 13 schools currently ranked in InterMat's top 25; No. 3 Iowa, No. 6 Edinboro, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 11 Illinois, No. 14 Northern Iowa, No. 15 Maryland, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Lehigh, No. 20 Boise State, No. 22 Indiana, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 North Dakota State.

At the Midlands Championships
This will mark Harvard's 15th consecutive appearance at the Midlands Championships and the Crimson's 19th appearance overall. Harvard has placed in the top 20 five times, including a program-best ninth-place showing in 2006. Five of the six Crimson who competed in the tournament last year won multiple matches, including Cameron Croy, Nicholas Gajdzik, Devon Gobbo and Jeffrey Ott.

Harvard will be represented at this year's tournament by; Croy (184), Gobbo (165), Gajdzik (HWT), Tyler Grimaldi (157), Paul Liguori (157), Eric Morris (174), Ott (133) and Todd Preston (141).

Schedule of Events

Sunday, Dec. 29
First Session
Second Session
Monday, Dec. 30
Third Session
Championship Finals

10:30 a.m. EST
8:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Todd Preston and freshman Eric Morris represented the Harvard wrestling team in the round of 12 at the 32nd annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, but fell just short in their bid to reach the podium. 

Related Link: Preston, Morris Pace Wrestling at 32 Annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Centennial Celebration
First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team will be 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 will release the "Top 25 Moments in Harvard Wrestling History" beginning in January with No's. 25-21.

Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, all four of Harvard's home dual meets will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch meets both live and On-Demand on their computers, tablets or smart phones, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all Harvard events throughout the duration of their subscription.


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Back to Business
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, discusses the team's preseason conditioning program and the tradition of running the Harvard Stadium stairs.

Guess Whose Back
Eight starters and 23 letterwinners from last year's squad which finished its dual meet schedule 8-5 overall, 5-4 in the EIWA, marking the program's first winning dual-meet record since it won the EIWA in 2000-01 and its first winning record in the conference since the same year. The 2012-13 version of the Crimson also placed eight on the podium at the EIWA Championships and earned seven All-Ivy League selections, again the most since 2001.

Adding Depth
Seven freshmen have joined the Crimson for the 2013-14 season; Zachary Dinan, Samuel Ekanem, Tyler Grimaldi, Colby Knight, Eric Morris, Colton Peppelman and Bradley Perkins.  The seven member class of 2017 hails from five different states, represents five different weight classes and is made up of three All-Americans, two state champions and a private school state champion.

Related Link: Seven Grapplers Will Join Harvard Wrestling for 2013-14 Season

Taking the Lead
Senior Cameron Coy and junior James Fox have been elected by their peers to serve as captains for the 2013-14 season. Croy was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year after going 20-16 at both 174 lbs. and 184 lbs., and placing eighth at the EIWA Championships as a 174-pounder. Fox, meanwhile, was named to the All-Ivy League second team and qualified for the NCAA Championships with a runner-up performance at the EIWA Championships.

"Both Cameron and James have shown their leadership potential at different times of their careers and we are expecting big things from them over the next year," stated Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. "They will have a lot to do with the success of the program in the 2013-2014 campaign, as well as in future years."

Well Rounded Experience
The Harvard wrestling team was recognized as the top academic program in the country in 2012-13, marking the third time in four years the honor has been bestowed upon the Crimson. Under the tutelage of head coach Jay Weiss, Harvard has been ranked in the top 10 10 times and in 2011, the Crimson set the record for highest GPA among Div. I wrestling teams with a combined 3.5133.