Wrestling Opens Ivy League Competition Saturday at No. 6 Cornell

Wrestling Opens Ivy League Competition Saturday at No. 6 Cornell

Ivy League Digital Network

The Harvard wrestling team will face its fifth straight EIWA opponent and its first from the Ivy League when heads to Ithaca, N.Y., to take on the sixth-ranked Cornell Big Red Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. The match can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Todd Preston was undefeated on the day as the Harvard wrestling team took to the mat three times Sunday at the Boston Duals. The Crimson went 1-2 overall, sandwiching a win over Binghamton, 22-15, around losses to American, 25-12, and Army, 25-13.

Related Links: Wrestling Goes 1-2 at Boston Duals

Centennial Celebration
First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team is 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 GoCrimson.com is releasing the "Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History," beginning this week with No's. 25-21.

  • #25-#21 (released Jan. 8)
  • #20-16 (released Jan. 22)
  • #15-11 (released Feb. 5)
  • #10-#6 (released Feb. 19)
  • #5-#1 (released March 5)

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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Projected Lineups





Harvard (2-3, 1-3 EIWA)
Max Mejia (0-0, 0-0)
Jeff Ott (2-5, 1-1)

Todd Preston (10-7, 1-0)
Nicholas Stager (2-8, 0-2) or
Alexis Wagener (0-4, 0-0)
Tyler Grimaldi (10-9, 2-0)
Colton Peppelman (2-4, 0-0)
Eric Morris (13-9, 1-1)

Cameron Croy (8-6, 2-0)
James Fox(6-4, 2-0)
David Ng (4-4, 1-0) or
Nicholas Gajdzik (1-5, 0-1)

No. 6 Cornell (4-0, 2-0 EIWA)
No. 1 Nahshon Garrett (18-1, 2-1)
No. 12 Mark Grey (17-3, 2-1) or
Logan David
No. 7 Mike Nevinger (4-1, 2-1)
No. 6 Chris Villalonga (22-2, 4-0)

No. 10 Brian Realbuto (23-4, 4-0)
Dylan Palacio (17-6, 3-1)
Duke Pickett (10-4, 1-2) or
Jesse Shanaman (17-6, 0-0)
No. 3 Gabe Dean (22-2, 3-1)
Jace Bennett (18-6, 3-1)
Stryker Lane (9-7, 2-1) or
Jacob Aiken-Phillips (12-5, 1-0)

Harvard opened its dual meet schedule with a 25-13 win at Rider, extending the team's dual-meet win streak to six matches dating back to last season and marking the team's longest win streak since taking seven in a row in 2000-01. The Crimson finished 2012-13 with an 8-5 overall record and 5-4 against the EIWA, marking the first time since that same 2000-01 season that Harvard has posted a winning record overall and in the conference.

The Crimson enter this weekend's bout at Cornell at 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the EIWA.

Young Guns
Harvard's starting lineup features just one senior, three juniors and six underclassmen. Sophomore Todd Preston and freshman Eric Morris lead the squad with 13 victories on the year, with freshman Tyler Grimaldi having turned in 11 wins.

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.