Johnson, Gadzjik Pace Wrestling at Keystone Classic

Johnson, Gadzjik Pace Wrestling at Keystone Classic

Johnson took third overall at 174 pounds (Rob Preston).

PHILADELPHIA – Hitting the mats at the Palestra for the Keystone Invitational, Harvard wrestling had a pair of student-athletes post top-four results, while the Crimson took eighth place as a team with 48 points, and was the second-highest placing EIWA school.

Junior Josef Johnson led the Crimson for the second-straight meet, finishing third after posting a 6-0 shutout over Eastern Michigan's Jacob Davis in the bronze-medal match at 174 pounds. Johnson went 6-1 on the afternoon, toppling opponents from four different schools each by decision.

Senior Nicholas Gajdzik took fourth at 285 pounds, going 3-2 overall but falling to Drexel's Joey Goodhart in the bout for the bronze by a 4-2 decision. Each of his tallies ended by decision, with the result being the second-straight top-five placement for Gajdzik.

Senior Jeffrey Ott and freshman Hunter Ladnier took sixth at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively. Ott went 3-3 overall with all three victories coming by decision. Ladnier posted a 4-3 mark on the day, including a pin over VMI's Stevan Smith and a technical fall over VMI's Dolan Walsh.

Harvard also got a multiple-win performance from freshman AJ Jaffe, while six other Crimson wrestlers tallied a victory.

Harvard is idle for a week before traveling to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The tournament will be broadcast by FloWrestling.