PHILADELPHIA – Returning to the mats for the second time in 2017 at the Keystone Classic, the Harvard wrestling team had a trio of wrestlers post top-three results, while the Crimson took eighth place as a team with 68 points.
Senior Josef Johnson led the Crimson, finished second in the 174-weight class following a 6-2 decision over Appalachian State's Forrest Przbysz in the semifinals. The New Jersey native was pinned by Penn State's Mark Hall in the first-place match at 0:50. Johnson began the day with a comeback, sudden victory (6-4) against Sacred Heart's Dom Celli. Trailing by two in the second period, Johnson rallied with back-to-back escapes in the second and third periods to tie the match before winning with a takedown in sudden victory.
Sophomores A.J. Jaffe and Hunter Ladnier earned third place in the 141- and 149-weight classes, respectively. Jaffe came out strong, earning a technical fall win against Duke's Parker Walton before picking up a major decision (15-3) over Appalachian State's Bradley Irwin. However, the Illinois native lost a 5-3 decision to Jered Cortez in the semifinals.
In the 149-weight class, Ladnier began his day with a takedown (3:56) of Dolan Walsh of the Virginia Military Institute. The Ohio native kept the momentum going advancing to the semifinals with a 4-0 decision over Rider's Gino Fluri. Ladnier fell to Northwestern's Ryan Deakin by a major decision (12-2) in the semifinals, but was able to claim third place following a 9-7 decision over Eastern Michigan's Kyle Springer.
Ladnier was one of three Crimson wrestlers to record a pin on the afternoon. Senior Rico Stormer pinned Northwestern's Regis Durbin in his first match at 197, while senior Tyler Tarsi took down Virginia Military Institute's Steve Midkiff in the consolation round of the 157-weight class.
- Senior Josef Johnson earned a second place finish in the 174-weight class following a6-2 decision over Appalachian State's Forrest Przbysz.
- Sophomore Hunter Ladnier claimed third place in the 149-weight class after opening the day with a pin.
- Ladnier and seniors Rico Stormer and Tyler Tarsi each recorded pins on the day.
Harvard returns to the mats on Dec. 1 with the two-day Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.