Todd Preston advanced to the final round of 141 lbs. (Gil Talbot).
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Captains James Fox and Todd Preston each reached the finals of their respective weight classes to headline the Harvard wrestling team's performance at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open Sunday. The Crimson also saw quality performances by several freshmen, as four rookies won multiple bouts.
Fox, who wrestles at 197 lbs., won four matches en route to a spot in the finals. Fox, a senior, took the first two matches by falls, before topping Penn State's Anthony Cassar in a decision, 9-4, in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal round, Fox knocked off Cornell's Owen Scott with a fall at 3:35. Fox dropped the final bout of his weight class because of injury.
In the 141 lbs. bracket, Preston, a junior, opened with a technical fall, 20-3, against Lehigh's Cortlandt Schuyler. After picking up a sudden victory, 2-1, vs. Alfred Bannister of Maryland, Preston cruised through the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds by picking up decisions against Columbia's Jacob Macololooy, 8-6, and Binghamton's Dylan Caruana, 6-1. In the championship bout, Preston dropped a tight match to Cornell's Mark Grey, 3-2.
Reaching the consolation semifinal of 174 lbs., freshman Josef Johnson opened his career by earning a fall against Mark Boyle of Sacred Heart. Johnson also won a major decision, 13-0, vs. Rider's Joseph Prevost, and finished the tournament with a 4-2 record. In the heavyweight bracket, senior David Ng earned two victories as he advanced to the fifth consolation round. One of those victories came in a major decision against Austin Buttry of USMAPS.
Senior Ryan Osleeb picked up two victories at 133 lbs., topping Cole Ludorf of American International with a technical fall, 17-1, and Chris Reilly of Maryland in a 5-2 decision, en route to a spot in the fourth consolation round. Freshman Mason Miller also advanced to consolation round for at 141 lbs., scoring a fall against Bobby O'Neill of Sacred Heart in the third consolation round.
At 149 lbs., another rookie, Tyler Tarsi, posted back-to-back falls against Chas Busz of Cleveland State and Paul Curtin of Sacred Heart, as he reached the fourth consolation round.
Other multiple winners for Harvard included freshman Kanon Dean at 165 lbs., as he earned a technical fall against Zack Winegardner of American International, before topping AIU's P.J. Baker, 6-3. Junior Michael Mocco (184 lbs.) also posted two victories, including winning by fall over Sacred Heart's Sasha Oliink to advance to the fourth consolation round. At 197 lbs., junior Josh Popple picked up wins in his first two matches of the day, including a major decision against Maryland's Garrett Wesneski, 12-2.
Harvard will return to the mat in two weeks at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.