Johnson Finishes Competition at NCAA Wrestling Championships

Johnson Finishes Competition at NCAA Wrestling Championships

The junior finished the season with a team-high 30 wins (Hunter Martin).

ST. LOUIS – Wrapping up the 2016-17 wrestling season in front of 18,000 fans at the NCAA Championships, junior Josef Johnson fell to Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan in the second consolation round, 7-2, on Friday at the Scottrade Center.

A co-captain, Johnson was wrapped in a tightly-contested fight with Lujan at 174 pounds, but the Northern Iowa wrestler was able to secure a 7-2 victory by decision. Johnson finished the season with a 30-13 overall record, including a victory in the opening day of the tournament on Thursday.

"I am very proud of the guys.  Obviously, we want to come out here and get guys placing, and I feel we made some strides," said Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. "Jeffrey Ott really had a great run at the end, especially since we didn't even know he was going to be able to compete with his injury. He rehabbed for five weeks just to give him a chance to get to the NCAAs and that's what he did. Hunter Ladnier did amazing - getting to the EIWA Finals as a freshman just shows what's in store for him. He just needed this experience and now he can come out here and place.  Josef did great, he really battled out here.  This is his second trip to the NCAAs, so he should be primed to do some damage next year."  

"I feel this experience made our guys more hungry, and that will spill over to the other guys on the team. It's a very exciting time to be a part of Harvard wrestling!"

Harvard sent three qualifiers to the tournament, giving the program multiple student-athletes competing for the 19th time in 20 years. The Crimson wrestlers combined for 164 victories on the season.