Wrestling Continues Ivy Slate at Penn, Princeton

Wrestling Continues Ivy Slate at Penn, Princeton

Harvard split its weekend matches against Columbia and Cornell (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for its only Ivy contests away from home, Harvard wrestling will take on Penn and Princeton Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Both battles will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
 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.

Recap: Wrestling vs. Columbia, Cornell
Jan 28, 2017

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (2-5) has combined for 128 wins with 19 pins over five tournaments and seven duals, led by a 23-7 mark from Josef Johnson and double-digit wins from a quintet of wrestlers: seniors Nicholas Gajdzik and Jeffrey Ott and freshmen Kyle Bierdumpfel, A.J. Jaffe and Hunter Ladnier. Johnson placed in every tournament he appeared in, including top-three performances at the Jonathan Kaloust Open, Keystone Classic and Franklin & Marshall Open, which he won.

Scouting Penn
The Quakers are 3-5 overall, including a 1-4 mark in the EIWA and 0-1 tally in the Ivy League. Frank Mattiace (197) has a team-high 18 wins on the season, while five of his teammates have recorded 10 wins or more. Mattiace and Casey Kent (174) are ranked in the top-20 by InterMat.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton holds a 5-6 overall record, including a 3-1 mark in the EIWA and 1-0 tally in the Ivy League. Five Princeton wrestlers are ranked in the top-20 of their weight classes by InterMat, led by Matt Kolodzik's (141) 17-1 record. Four other Tigers have reached 10 wins.

Probable Lineups*




125 Connor Sakmar
133 Jeffrey OttSamuel Goldman
141 A.J. JaffeRyan Friedman
149 Hunter Ladnier
157 Zeth DeanColby Knight
165 Kyle BierdumpfelPeter Bearse
174 #26 Josef JohnsonRico Stormer
184 Kanon Dean
197 Logan Kirby
285 Nicholas Gajdzik

125 Jeremy Schwartz, Carl Antrassian
133 Tristan DeCincenzo, Carl Antrassian
141 AJ Vindici, Patrick Munn
149 Joe Oliva
157 #22 Mat Bethea
165 Brooks Martino, Joe Velliquette
174 #10 Casey Kent
184 #32 Joe Heyob
197 #15 Frank Mattiace
285 Tyler Hall

125 Ty Agaisse
133 Pat D'Arcy
141 #5 Matthew Kolodzik
149 #24 Jordan Lester
157 Mike D'Angelo, Leonard Merkin
165 Riley DeMoss, Joe Tavoso
174 #17 Jon Schleifer
184 #24 Ian Baker, Kevin Parker
197 #12 Brett Harner
285 #23 Ray O'Donnell

*Rankings from NCAA Coaches' Panel

Inside the Series
Harvard trails the all-time series with Penn, 31-42-2, and has fallen in each of the last four meetings. Princeton leads the all-time series over the Crimson, 49-34-3, and has bested the Crimson in three-straight matchups.

Off to a Fast Start
A trio of Harvard freshmen have posted multiple win streaks to start the dual slate. Kyle Bierdumpfel (165), A.J. Jaffe (141) and Hunter Ladnier (149) are a combined 13-4 in dual action, with each posting a winning streak of at least three bouts in a row to open the heads-up slate.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

Success at 174
Johnson has posted a 23-7 record in 2016-17 to lead the team. An NCAA qualifier a year ago, Johnson rattled off six wins in a row to close the Keystone Classic and start the Midlands Championships, and five-straight at the Franklin & Marshall Open. The Piscataway, New Jersey native is ranked No. 26 by the NCAA Coaches Panel, and he podiumed in each of his four tournaments. Johnson is 56-37 in his career.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Harvard wrestling will be led by a trio of captains this season: seniors Nicholas Gajdzik and Jeffrey Ott and junior Josef Johnson. All three are in their first season in the leadership role.

In the Classroom
Excelling in the classroom as well as on the mat, the 2015-16 Harvard wrestling team posted the highest GPA in the nation, as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The honor marked the 14th time Harvard landed in the top-10 since the award's inception.

At the Helm
Jay Weiss is in his 23rd season as the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. Weiss is a two-time EIWA Coach of the Year, and mentored a pair of national champions in Jesse Jantzen (2004) and JP O'Connor (2010). Under Weiss' watch, Harvard has tallied 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans.

What's Next?
Harvard returns to the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center for an evening tilt with Brown on Friday, Feb. 10. The 6:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.