Wrestling Improves to 3-1 in Duals with a Commanding Win over Franklin & Marshall

Hunter Ladnier was one of two Harvard wrestlers to finish in third place at the Keystone Classic.
Hunter Ladnier was one of two Harvard wrestlers to finish in third place at the Keystone Classic.

LANCASTER, Pa. – Closing out its two-day stay in central Pennsylvania, the Harvard wrestling team evened up its record in EIWA action with a 30-6 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon. Of the Crimson's eight wins on the day, the team recorded four decisions, two major decisions and two technical falls. 

Harvard (3-1, 1-1 EIWA) wasted little time, jumping out to a 16-0 advantage winning the first four bouts. Juniors Nolan Hellickson and Ryan Friedman set the tone early at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Hellickson claimed a 7-0 decision over Edgar Garcia, while Friedman picked up a technical fall (15-0) over Dan Martoccio.

Sophomore Hunter Ladnier (149) won his second straight match, picking up a technical fall (21-6) with a dominating performance against Sam Butler. Grabbing his 10th victory of the season, Ladnier has come out on top in three of his last four matches.

Senior captain Josef Johnson (174) picked up his 18th win of the season, battling Diplomat Josh Young to a 3-2 decision. Fellow senior captain Kanon Dean (184) earned a major decision over Steven Mercadante, while senior Logan Kirby also picked up a major decision at 197 pounds. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Sophomore Hunter Ladnier (149) earned his 10th win of the year with a technical fall (21-6) over Sam Butler.
  • Senior captains Josef Johnson (174) and Kanon Dean (184) each picked up their 18th wins of the season.
  • Senior Logan Kirby (197) notched his first major decision of the season with a 12-4 win over Reid Robilotto.

Match Notes

  • Harvard recorded four decisions, two major decisions, and two technical falls as team. 

What's Next
Harvard returns to the mats next weekend, Saturday, Jan. 27 at No. 12 Cornell at 3 p.m.