LAS VEGAS – Harvard wrestling completed action on Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Crimson sent three wrestlers to the round of 16 and competed late into the desert night inside the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Nolan Hellickson picked up the victory of the day at 125 pounds when he won by decision over Northern Iowa's Jacob Schwarm. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Hellickson moved to the round of 16 after dismissing the weight class' 19th-ranked wrestler, according to FloWrestling, by a 4-3 score. The senior's bid for another upset fell short as he fell to No. 13/15 (FloWrestling/InterMat) Devin Schroder of Purdue, 2-0.
Hunter Ladnier, who entered the tournament leading Harvard in victories (9), added to his total when he won by decision, 12-6, in his round-of-32 match with Northern Iowa's Pat Scheonfelder at 157 pounds. First-year Joshua Kim, who owned the second-most individual triumphs on the team (7) at 165 pounds, joined Ladnier in the next round as a result of his 4-3 decision over Cornell's Milik Dawkins. Both, however, suffered the same fate as Hellickson in the round of 16. Ladnier lost by decision, 3-1, to No. 18 (FloWrestling) Griffin Parriott of Purdue and Kim lost by technical fall (15-0, 5:41) to No. 6/6 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming.
At 149 pounds, Brock Wilson enjoyed his first day of competition in The Silver State. Despite being on the wrong end of a 4-3 decision to Wyoming's Jaron Jensen in his first match, the sophomore bounced back with decisions over Doug Gudenburr of The Citadel (2-0) and Pittsburgh's Robert Lee (9-5).
- Hellickson won by fall for the first time this season. The senior pinned Brakan Mead of Ohio State at 3:45.
- Lukus Stricker picked up a couple of victories on day one, earning a 9-2 decision over North Carolina's James Szymanski and an 8-2 decision in his match with Northern Iowa's Jack Skudlarczyk.
The Crimson will return to action Dec. 29-30 at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Hoffman Estates, Ill.