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Wrestling Begins Season at Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open

Senior Nolan Hellickson picked up a win over a nationally ranked wrestler on the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
Senior Nolan Hellickson picked up a win over a nationally ranked wrestler on the first day of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling is set to compete for the first time this season on Sunday at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Vestal, N.Y. The tournament, hosted by Binghamton, features 12 teams, including fellow EIWA members Army, Binghamton, Brown, Cornell, Franklin & Marshall, Lehigh, Navy and Princeton.

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What to Know

  • Harvard enters the season with a roster that features three student-athletes who earned all-Ivy League honors a year ago in seniors Nolan Hellickson '19 (second team) and Ryan Friedman '19 (honorable mention), and junior Hunter Ladnier '20 (honorable mention).
  • Hellickson will look to improve upon his second-place performance at the Bearcat Open last season at 125. The senior from Des Moines, Iowa, scored a major decision in the first round, pinned his foe in the quarterfinals and earned a decision in the semis before dropping his title match.
  • The Crimson welcomes five freshmen to the roster. Half of Harvard's 24-man roster, meanwhile, is either a freshman (5) or sophomore (7).
  • Harvard is coming off a campaign in which it posted the country's highest GPA for the third straight season and for the fifth time in the past six years, as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). As a team, the Crimson posted a cumulative GPA of 3.5654 and recorded its 16th top-10 ranking since the award's inception.
  • Hellickson and Ladnier were two of Harvard's four student-athletes that were named to the all-academic team by the NWCA. 

At The Helm

Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is beginning his 25th season at the helm of the program. The two-time EIWA Coach of the Year has a long history of coaching excellence on the mat and in classroom. Weiss has coached a pair of national champions, 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans, while guiding his squad to the nation's top GPA in five of the last six years, including the last three seasons. 

Next Up

Harvard will get back on the mat on Nov. 18, when it travels to the City of Brotherly Love to compete at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa.

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