Wrestling Welcomes Six Freshmen For 2018-19

The Crimson welcomes six freshmen for 2018-19 (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson welcomes six freshmen for 2018-19 (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson welcomes six freshmen for 2018-19 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach of Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss welcomes six incoming freshmen for the upcoming 2017-18 season: Pierce Bausano, Philip Conigliaro, Bobby Groves, Joshua Kim, Tucker Ribman and Leo Tarantino

"We are very excited to have these student-athletes join our wrestling family in September," says Weiss. "I enjoyed the recruiting process with each one of these guys as it was clear they have the ability, and character to be great on and off the wrestling mat. They will definitely make a big impact."

The incoming freshmen will join a core group of upperclassmen, including four returners who placed at the EIWA Championships in 2018: Hunter Ladnier (149), A.J. Jaffe (141), Nolan Hellickson (125), and Brock Wilson (157).  

Harvard wrestling incoming class of 2022: 

Pierce Bausano | 184 | New York, N.Y. | Phillips Academy
Finished second in the 2018 Northern New England Championships and third in 2016 and 2017 … Two-time National Prep qualifier … Two-time team captain … Two-time Class-A finalist …. Lettered all four years in varsity wrestling …  National Merit semi-finalist … An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America … Served as an ocean lifeguard … Father, Barry '85, is a two-time Harvard wrestling captain … Sister, Gabrielle, graduated from Harvard in the class of 2017.

Philip Conigliaro | 133 | Dedham, Mass. | Belmont Hill
Prep National Wrestling Champion in 2017 … Three-time Prep New England Champion … Finished high school ranked 13th in the U.S. at 160 … Received second at the 2017 Beast of the East Tournament … Placed third at the 2016 Fargo Jr. National Championships … Placed sixth at the 2018 Prep National Wrestling Championships … Sister, Alexandra '13, played soccer at Harvard.

Bobby Groves | 141 | Phoenix, Ariz. | Chandler High School
Four-time Arizona state wrestling champion … Recorded a 195-6 career record between 2015-2018 … Recognized for three seasons as first team All-Arizona (2015, 2017, 2018) and Tempe all-city (2015-17) … Nominated for Arizona Athlete of the Year by AZ Central Sports (2018) … Recognized for most wins in team history at McClintock High School … Scholar through the National Hispanic Recognition Program (2017-18) … Member of the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club … Brother, Marco, is a three-time Arizona state wrestling champion.

Joshua Kim | 174 | Corona, Calif. | Santiago High School
Lettered all four years in varsity wrestling … California state wrestling champion (2018) … Placed second at the 2017 California state wrestling championships and third in the 2016 state championships … 2018 Master MVP … Three-time Freakshow National Champion … Finished high school ranked 18th in the U.S. at 160 pounds … Placed fifth at the Fargo Jr. National Freestyle Championships … Finished second at the 2017 Super 32 … Sixth at the 2017 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament.

Tucker Ribman | 149 | Dallas, Tex. | St. Mark's School of Texas
Two-time Texas prep state champion in 2017 and 2018 …Went for second and third place at the Texas prep state championships in 2016 and 2015, respectively … Prep Nationals All-American … Voted 2018 Team MVP … Received sixth at the 2018 Prep National All-American … Five-time USA Taekwondo National Sparring Champion … Third degree black belt in Taekwondo … Lettered four years in varsity wrestling and one year in varsity lacrosse … Recipient of the Dallas Safari Club Young Hunters Award in 2016 … Member of USA Taekwondo Olympic Cadet Sparring Team in 2014 … Received high honor roll all four years of high school and was in National Spanish Honor Society ... Father, James, played four years of varsity tennis at Georgetown. 

Leo Tarantino | 184 | Tarpon Springs, Fla. | Blair Academy
National Prep Wrestling Champion in 2018 … Third at the 2017 National Prep Wrestling Championships … 2017 Beast of the East Champion … Finished second at the 2017 Walsh Jesuit Ironman Tournament … 2017 Fargo Jr. National Freestyle All-American … Two-year member of the Blair Academy Wrestling Team, the first-ranked high school wrestling team in the U.S. … Finished high school career ranked fifth in the country at 182.