Senior Josef Johnson was one of two Crimson wrestlers to advance to the second day of the Midlands tournament.
EVANSTON, Ill. – After day one of the 55th Midlands Tournament, Harvard senior captains Josef Johnson and Kanon Dean advance to the second day of the championship. Four other Crimson wrestlers also notched at least one victory on the first day.
Competing in the 174-weight class, Johnson opened the day with a 4-2 decision over Eastern Michigan's Andrew McNally. In the round of 16, the New Jersey native defeated Northwestern's Tyler Morland with a 4-2 decision to move on to the quarterfinals, where he faced the No. 1 wrestler at 174, Arizona States Zahid Valencia. Against Valencia in the night-cap, Johnson fell via a major decision, 20-7. He will face Devin Skatzka in the round of 12 tomorrow at noon.
Dean won straight three matches in the consolation round of the 184-weight class. After back-to-back decisions against Maryland's Niko Cappello and Purdue's Max Lyon, the Michigan native stayed alive, snagging a 5-2 decision over EIWA foe Princeton's Kevin Parker. Dean will wrestle against Pittsburgh's Nino Bonaccorsi tomorrow at noon.
Sophomore A.J. Jaffe picked up a pair of wins in the consolation round of the 141-weight class. Jaffe defeated Lehigh's Jimmy Hoffman via a major decision, 16-4, followed by an 8-1 decision over South Dakota's Isaac Andrade.
In the 125-weight class, junior Nolan Hellickson began his day with a 5-1 decision over Lehigh's Matt Parker. After falling to Oregon State's Ronnie Bresser, Hellickson dropped a close decision, 4-3, to Central Michigan's Drew Hildebrandt in the consolation round.
Fellow senior Rico Stormer defeated Tom Murray with a 4-0 decision in session one to advance to the second session, but fell to Michigan's Jackson Striggow via a 5-2 decision in the night-cap. Freshman Brock Wilson recorded the Crimson's lone fall, pinning Edinboro's Andrew Shomers at 4:40 in the 157-weight class.
The second day of action continues Saturday at noon with the third session, while the fourth session commences at 7 p.m. The first-, third-, and fifth—place matches will be broadcast on FloWrestling and the Big Ten Network Plus.