CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling continues its tournament schedule this Sunday when it competes at the 23rd annual Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. The meet is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start and will air on ESPN+. Harvard will join the hosts, Penn, inside The Palestra along with Appalachian State, Drexel, Duke, Franklin & Marshall, Penn State, Rider, Sacred Heart and VMI.
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- Harvard will look to build off last week's performance at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Binghamton, N.Y., where it picked up three top-6 finishes, including a pair of fourth-place efforts.
- The Crimson had a trio of top-3 finishers at the Keystone Classic a season ago. Back from that group is Hunter Ladnier '20. The team tri-captain finished in third place at 149 pounds after winning his first two matches before falling in the semifinals and rebounding in the third-place match.
- Ladnier and tri-captain Tyler Tarsi '19 recorded two of the Crimson's pins at the 2017 edition of the Keystone Classic. Ladnier is coming off a weekend where he finished in a tie for fourth place in the 157-pound weight class. Tarsi, meanwhile, was not in action last week.
- Joshua Kim '22 finished in fourth place in his first career meet at the Bearcat Open and will look to improve at the Keystone. Competing at 165 pounds, the freshman won his first two matches to reach the semifinals, but fell in a tiebreaker. Kim ended his day by winning his consolation match by decision before dropping his third-place match.
- Nolan Hellickson '19 turned in a sixth-place effort at the Bearcat Open. A season ago, he reached the 125-pound quarterfinals with a major decision over his counterpart from Northwestern, but fell short in his semifinal match.
- Harvard will see Penn State and Franklin & Marshall again at the Keystone after competing against the schools at the Bearcat Open.
At The Helm
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, began his 25th season at the helm of the program last week at the Bearcat Open. 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.
Harvard returns to action on Nov. 30, after it takes a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule will send the Crimson to Las Vegas, Nev., for the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.