PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Competing in the Downtown Showdown at the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Harvard wrestling team (4-4, 2-4, 1-3 Ivy) snapped a three-match skid with a commanding 21-12 win over Ivy League foe Brown (4-6, 4-3 EIWA, 2-2 Ivy) on Thursday evening.
Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) set the tone of the match, earning his fifth win in his last six bouts, following a 3-1 decision over Brown's Donald Keeley. Fellow junior Ryan Friedman (133) gave the Crimson a 6-0 advantage with a tight, 9-4 decision over Hunter Kosco.
The Crimson was just getting started. At 141 pounds, sophomore A.J. Jaffe picked up his 19th win of the year, and second technical fall of the season with a dominating performance against Ezekial Salvo. Classmate, Hunter Ladnier (149) gave the Crimson a 15-0 lead posting an 11-3 major decision over the Bears' Zach Krause.
Brown finally put points on the scoreboard with a decision at 157, but the match belonged to Harvard. Senior Tyler Tarsi (165) battled Jonathan Viruet to a 5-3 decision, before senior captain Josef Johnson (174) put the match out of reach, edging out Bryce Rogers in sudden victory, 3-1.
- Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) has won five of his last six bouts following a 3-1 decision over Donald Keeley.
- Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) posted his 19th win of the year with a 21-3 technical fall over Ezekial Salvo.
- Senior captain Josef Johnson (174) earned his, team-leading, 22nd win of the season defeating Bryce Rogers in sudden victory, 3-1.
Brown vs. Harvard Results
125 Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) def. Donald Keeley (Brown) Decision 3-1
133 Ryan Friedman (Harvard) def. Hunter Kosco (Brown) Decision 9-4
141 Alexander Jaffe (Harvard) def. Ezekiel Salvo (Brown) Tech Fall 21-3 (6:26)
149 Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Zach Krause (Brown) Major Decision 11-3
157 Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) def Brock Wilson (Harvard) Decision 3-0
165 Tyler Tarsi (Harvard) def. Jonathan Viruet (Brown) Decision 5-3
174 Josef Johnson (Harvard) def. Bryce Rogers (Brown) Decision 3-1 (SV)
184 Christian LaFragola (Brown) def Kanon Dean (Harvard) Decision 5-3
197 Tucker Ziegler (Brown) vs. Clifton Wang (Harvard) Decision 7-2
285 Ian Butterbrodt (Brown) vs. Angus Cowell (Harvard) Decision 3-1 (SV)
Harvard returns to the mats on Saturday Feb. 17 in New York, N.Y. to face Columbia and Hofstra, beginning at 1 p.m.