Wrestling Hits The Mats in 2018 at Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday

Wrestling Hits The Mats in 2018 at Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday

The Crimson returns for the first time in 2018 at the Franklin & Marshall Open. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling opens 2018 at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open on Saturday, Jan. 6 in Lancaster Pa. The tournament will be broadcast on trackwestling.com.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming of the 55th Midlands Tournaments to close out the 2017 calendar year. Senior captains Kanon Dean and Josef Johnson performed well in the Midwest, combining to post a 5-3 record. Recording a 3-2 record in the 184-weight class, Dean won three consecutive decisions to advance to the second day of the tournament. Fellow captain, Johnson advanced to the championship quarterfinals where he faced the No. 1 wrestler in the 174-weight class, Arizona State's Zahid Valencia. 

Full Recap: Wresting Finishes Strong on Day Two at Midlands Tournament

Scouting Harvard
Registering 72 wins and 11 pins over the first four tournaments, senior captain Josef Johnson leads the Crimson with an 11-6 record, including nine decisions. Fellow senior captain Kanon Dean is right behind, posting a 10-8 record, while sophomore A.J. Jaffe also reached the double-digit win total with a 10-6 record, and a team-leading five major decisions. Freshman Brock Wilson leads Harvard with three pins on the year.

About the Tournament
More than 300 wrestlers from 20 programs, including six EIWA institutions (Columbia, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, Lehigh, Princeton, and Penn. will compete in the 2018 Franklin & Marshall Open. Action will get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Before the event, on Friday evening, The David G. Brunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss will be one of four, high-profile coaches speaking on a coaches panel at 7:50 p.m. A live stream of the panel can be found here

Last Year's Event
Johnson captured the tournament championship for the 174-weight class with a perfect 5-0 record, while senior Logan Kirby reached the quarterfinals of the 197-weight class. The Crimson combined to score a total of 55 team points.

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.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app

What's Next?
Harvard opens up at home with Stanford on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.