Wrestling Beats Columbia, Falls to No. 9 Cornell to Open Ivy Slate

Jaffe went 2-0 to lead the Crimson (Robert Preston).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting its first two Ivy League foes of the season, Harvard wrestling split a pair of duels with Columbia and No. 9 Cornell on Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard took down Columbia, 24-14, in its matinee but later fell to Cornell, 33-11, to finish the day.

Freshman A.J. Jaffe (141) went a perfect 2-0 to lead the team, posting a pair of victories by decision. Sophomore Samuel Goldman (133) also posted a 2-0 mark, winning once apiece by technical fall and forfeit.

Harvard opened the day with a 24-14 victory over the Lions. The Crimson posted three-straight wins after falling in the opening bout, with freshman Hunter Ladnier (149) scoring five points after an 18-3 technical fall victory.

The Crimson pulled away and secured the win with three more victories in the final four bouts, with juniors Josef Johnson (174), Kanon Dean (184) and Logan Kirby (197) earning victories.

Harvard took on Cornell in the second outing of the day, falling 33-11 to move to 1-1 in Ivy play. The Crimson jumped out to an early 8-6 lead after Goldman won by technical fall, 17-1, and Jaffe won in overtime by decision, 7-5. Senior Nicholas Gajdzik rounded out the evening with a win at 285 pounds for Harvard, 7-4.

The Crimson takes its talents on the road for a pair of duals Feb. 4 against Penn and Princeton. Both matchups, along with the full replay of the duals with Columbia and Cornell, will be available on the Ivy League Digital Network.