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Wrestling's Johnson Competes in Third NCAA Championships in Cleveland

Senior Josef Johnson (174) travels to Cleveland for his third appearance in the NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).
Senior Josef Johnson (174) travels to Cleveland for his third appearance in the NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).

Senior Josef Johnson (174) travels to Cleveland for his third appearance in the NCAA Championships (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing alongside the most elite wrestlers, senior captain Josef Johnson will compete on the national stage of the third time in his four-year career. Johnson will compete in 2018 NCAA Wrestling Championships at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Last Time Out
Closing out the 114th EIWA Championships, Johnson solidified his third trip to the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish at 174 pounds. Tied at one after the third period of fifth-place match, Johnson knocked off Columbia's Tyrel White with a reversal in the second tiebreaker to secure the 3-2 decision.

Full Recap: Johnson Earns Third Trip To NCAA Championships, Wrestling Closes Out EIWA Tournament 

Harvard at the NCAAs
Harvard boasts three NCAA Champions in program history – John Harkness (1938, 175 pounds), Jesse Jantzen (2004, 149 pounds), and JP O'Connor (2010, 157 pounds) – and 27 total All-Americans. Jantzen and Pat Johnson (1933, 135 pounds) were recipients of the NCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler awards.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (6-4, 4-4 EIWA, 2-3 Ivy) has combined for 178 wins with 26 pins, led by 28-11 mark from senior captain Josef Johnson (174). Appearing in the national rankings from multiple outlets, Johnson climbed to as high of No. 19 in the NCAA RPI, and currently is No. 22 in the NCAA Coaches Panel. This season he has eight nationally ranked opponents, including the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers in 174 pounds – Arizona State's Zach Valencia and Penn State's Mark Hall. 

Full Season Statistics

Opening Matchups
174 – Josef Johnson vs. No. 4 Jordan Kutler (Lehigh) 

Event Schedule
THURSDAY, MARCH 15
11 a.m. – Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
Noon – Session I (Quicken Loans Arena)
3 – 7 p.m. – NCAA Wrestling Fan Festival (Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland - Hall A)
6 p.m. – Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
7 p.m. – Session 2 (Quicken Loans Arena)

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
10 a.m. - Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
11 a.m. – Session 3 (Quicken Loans Arena)
2 – 7:30 p.m. – NCAA Wrestling Fan Festival (Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland - Hall A)
7 p.m. - Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
8 p.m. – Session 4 (Quicken Loans Arena)

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
10 a.m. - Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
11 a.m. – Session 5 (Quicken Loans Arena)
1 – 7:30 p.m. – NCAA Wrestling Fan Festival (Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland - Hall A)
7 p.m. Gates Open (Quicken Loans Arena)
7:35 – 7:50 p.m. – Parade of All-Americans (Quicken Loans Arena)
8 p.m. – Session 6 (Quicken Loans Arena)

Sophomore Success
The class of 2020 has combined for a fifth of Harvard's wins this season, notching 45 wins, including seven pins. Jaffe (141) leads the class with 24 wins and five pins, while Hunter Ladnier (149) has 18. Donovan Doyle also has three wins at 184 and 197 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 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.    

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