The Crimson won seven of 10 bouts Saturday at Brown (Robert Preston).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard wrestling team used four sets of bonus points to cruise to a 30-10 victory Saturday afternoon at Brown.
Harvard (4-6, 3-6 EIWA) took seven of the 10 bouts to earn the win, its second straight over Brown (3-8, 1-7 EIWA). Nicholas Gajdzik picked up his fifth career fall, and second in as many matches, to close the day out while Todd Preston registered his second technical fall of the year with a 22-5 victory. James Fox also picked up a 12-3 major decision with Max Mejia earning bonus points for the team with a forfeit.
Preston's victory was his team-leading 17th of the year, his fourth with bonus points, and gives the sophomore eight wins in his last nine bouts. Fox, meanwhile, earned his sixth straight win and boasts 12 victories on the season.
Mejia was awarded the forfeit at 125 lbs. to begin the dual and Jeffrey Ott followed up with a 7-1 decision over Anthony Finocchiaro at 133 lbs. Preston made it three-in-a-row for Harvard with his 22-5 tech-fall over Zachard Tanenbaum at 141 lbs., giving the Crimson a 14-0 edge in the team scores.
Brown responded with a major decision at 149 lbs., but a 7-1 victory for Tyler Grimaldi over Justin Staudenmayer at 157 lbs. put Harvard back in the win column. An 8-2 decision by 165-pounder Devon Gobbo pushed the Crimson's lead to 20-4.
The Bears edged closer with decisions at 174 lbs. and 184 lbs., setting themselves up for a potential comeback. Fox secured the win for Harvard, however, earning a 12-3 major decision over Augustus Marker at 197 lbs. to move the score to 24-10.
Gajdzik finished things off with his pin of Ryder Cavey at the 1:46 mark, his second consecutive fall and fifth of the year.
Harvard returns to action Friday, Feb. 21 at Columbia before hosting Lehigh in its final dual meet of the year at Lavietes Pavilion Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. The match will be simulcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App as part of a partnership between Harvard and ESPN that will see 10 Crimson events this spring simulcast across the three platforms.
Harvard 30, Brown 10
125: Max Mejia (Harvard) win by forfeit, 6-0
133: Jeffrey Ott (Harvard) dec. Anthony Finocchiaro (Brown), 7-1, 9-0
141: Todd Preston (Harvard) tech. fall Zachard Tanenbaum (Brown), 22-5, 14-0
149: Steven Galiardo (Brown) major dec. Nicholas Stager (Harvard), 14-5, 14-4
157: Tyler Grimaldi (Harvard) dec. Justin Staudenmayer (Brown), 7-1, 17-4
165: Devon Gobbo (Harvard) dec. Philip Marano (Brown), 8-2, 20-4
174: Ricky McDonald (Brown) dec. Ian Roy (Harvard), 5-1, 20-7
184: Ophir Bernstein (Brown) dec. Cameron Croy (Harvard), 8-1, 20-10
197: James Fox (Harvard) major dec. Augustus Marker (Brown), 12-3, 24-10
285: Nicholas Gajdzik (Harvard) fall Ryder Cavey (Brown), 1:46, 30-10