The Crimson begins EIWA action in Central Pennsylvania this weekend against Bucknell and Franklin & Marshall (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off back-to-back wins to begin its dual meet schedule, the Harvard wrestling team opens EIWA action this weekend in central Pennsylvania against Bucknell (Jan. 19) and Franklin & Marshall (Jan. 20).
Last Time Out
Harvard erased a 12-point deficit, winning four straight bouts to defeat Maryland, 22-21, on Jan. 14 to improve to 2-0 in duals on the season. Junior Peter Bearse (165) started the string of four wins with a tight, 7-5 decision over there Terrapins' Brandan Burnham, while senior captain Josef Johnson (174) earned a technical fall (27-7) Jahi Jones. Senior Logan Kirby (197) gave the Crimson the 22-17 lead recording his first fall of the year, pinning Mansur Abdul-Malik at 1:11.
Harvard (2-0, 0-0 EIWA) has combined for 128 wins with 23 pins, led by 17 wins from senior captains Josef Johnson (174) and Kanon Dean (184). Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) is right behind the pair with a 16-7 mark, including four pins – one shy of freshman Brock Wilson (157) for the team lead. Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) rounds out the Crimson in double figure wins, posting an 11-5 record on the season.
Bucknell (1-8, 0-2 EIWA) is coming off a 31-9 loss against No. 20 Lock Haven last Friday. Senior No. 14/12/14 Tyler Smith (141) picked up a technical fall (18-3) over Kyle Schoop, while sophomore Brandon Stokes (HWT) earned the major decision (13-1) over Derek Dragon for the Bison's two wins.
Scouting Franklin & Marshall
Franklin & Marshall (1-7, 0-4 EIWA) is coming off back-to-back losses against Drexel and Princeton. The Diplomats found victories in both its heavyweight matchups against the Dragons and Tigers, following freshman Parker Fox's sudden victory over Drexel and red-shirt junior Antonio Pelusi's 7-4 decision over Princeton.
Harvard leads the series, 3-2-1. The Bison won the last meeting, 24-16, on Jan. 21, 2017.
Franklin & Marshall Series
Leading the series, 14-13, Harvard has won the last eight duals against the Diplomats, including a 36-8 victory on Jan. 21, 2017.
|Weight||Harvard||Bucknell||Franklin & Marshall|
|125||Nolan Hellickson | Lukus Stricker||Geo Barzona||Edgar | Mike Simonetti|
|133||Samuel Goldman | Ryan Friedman||David Campbell | Joey Gould||Dan Martoccio|
|141||A.J. Jaffe | Trevor Tarsi||No. 14/12/14 Tyler Smith||Brett Kulp|
|149||Hunter Ladnier||Matthew Kolonia | Seth Hogue||Will Gil | Sam Butler | Chris Martorello|
|157||Brock Wilson||Andrew Millsap | Christian Bassolino||Emmett LiCastri|
|165||Tyler Tarsi | Peter Bearse||D.J. Hollingshead||Dylan Gumaer | Jake Conners|
|174||Josef Johnson||Nick Stephani||Josh Young | Jimmy Stillerman|
|184||Kanon Dean||Drew Phipps | Collin Boylan | Kyle Inslander||Steve Mercadante | Reid Robilotto|
|197||Logan Kirby | Clifton Wang||Chad Reese | Joe Scott||Phil Robilotto|
|285||Angus Cowell||Brandon Stokes||Antonio Pelusi | Parker Fox|
The class of 2020 has combined for a fifth of Harvard's wins this season, notching 26, including seven pins. Jaffe (141) leads the class with 16 wins and four pins, while Hunter Ladnier (149) has eight. Donovan Doyle also has a pair of wins at 184 pounds.
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 Bateman, Evan Callahan, Richard Martinez, Lukus Stricker, Trevor Tarsi, Cliffton 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.
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Harvard travels to Ithaca, N.Y. to face No. 12 Cornell on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.