Wrestling Returns to the Mats with the Cliff Keen Invitational on Friday

Wrestling Returns to the Mats with the Cliff Keen Invitational on Friday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrestling is back in action this weekend with the two-day, Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. beginning on Dec. 1. 

Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off the Keystone Classic where senior Josef Johnson posted a second-place finish in the 174-weight class. Early in the day against Sacred Heart's Dom Celli, Johnson rallied with back-to-back escapes in the second and third period 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 class, respectively. Jaffe came out strong earning a technical fall in his first match before picking up a major decision in his second. Ladnier was one of three Crimson wrestlers to record a pin on the afternoon, joining seniors Rico Stormer and Tyler Tarsi

Scouting Harvard
Sophomore A.J. Jaffe leads the Crimson posting an 8-2 record, which includes four major decisions and two decisions. Senior Josef Johnson is right behind him with a 7-2 record in the 174-weight class, while Ladnier has a 6-3 mark and leads Harvard with two pins on the season. Senior Kanon Dean and junior Nolan Hellickson each have a 5-3 record.

Scouting the Field
Consisting of nine of the nation's top 20 teams, the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational is one of the tougher tournaments on the Crimson's schedule in 2017-18. Amongst the teams competing is EIWA foe Cornell.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Harvard wrestling will be led by two captains this season: seniors Josef Johnson, and Kanon Dean. It is Johnson's second season leading the Crimson, while Dean is in his first season as a captain.

Succeeding in the Classroom
For the fourth time in five years, the Harvard wrestling program was acknowledged by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for its tremendous academic success. The Crimson posted the highest grade-point average in the nation, while four wrestlers earned All-Academic individual honors.

Full Announcement: Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in the Nation

The Class of 2021
Harvard wrestling welcomes seven newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign: Cole BatemanEvan CallahanRichard MartinezLukus StrickerTrevor TarsiCliffton Wang, and Brock Wilson. The incoming class hails from five different states, and will compete in seven separate weight classes.

Full Announcement: Wrestling Announces Incoming Class of 2021

At the Helm
Jay Weiss is in his 24th 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.  

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
Harvard returns to the mats at the end of December with the two-day, Midlands Tournament in Evanston, Ill. beginning on Dec. 29.