Wrestling Set to Travel to Midwest for Ken Kraft Midlands Championships

Lukus Stricker and the Crimson are set to head to the 56th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Lukus Stricker and the Crimson are set to head to the 56th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling returns from the holiday break and is set to travel to Hoffman Estates, Illinois for the 56th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. The two-day event is set for Dec. 29-30, at Sears Centre Arena.

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  • Harvard returns to the mat after taking nearly a month off and last appearing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 30. The Midlands event will mark the beginning of a stretch where the Crimson will be in action six consecutive weekends.
  • Harvard makes the trip to the Prairie State 12 months after it posted a 30th-place effort at last year's 58-team Midlands tournament. Six wrestlers contributed to the Crimson's team score, including a pair of returners in Nolan Hellickson and Brock Wilson. Hellickson went 2-1 at 125 pounds with Wilson recording the program's only pin of the championship at 157.
  • Hellickson is looking to build off a solid performance in Las Vegas. The senior defeated the No. 19 wrestler at 125, according to FloWrestling, Jacob Schwarm of Northern Iowa by decision, 4-3. After missing out on another opportunity to take down a nationally ranked opponent in No. 13/15 (FloWrestling/InterMat) Devin Schroder of Purdue (Dec. 2-0), Hellickson rebounded to pin Ohio State's Brakan Mead (3:45).
  • Joshua Kim, who has been impressive in his first year at Harvard, started the Las Vegas Invitational on a high note, collecting two victories in his first two opportunities, both by decision. The 165-pound freshman, however, dropped his last two matches of the tournament, including a bout against No. 6/6 Branson Ashworth of Wyoming.
  • Wilson and Lukus Stricker each recorded two wins at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and will be looking to build on the momentum gained out west. Wilson was 2-2 in Las Vegas, winning his middle two matches. In his opener, Wilson was on the short end of a 4-3 decision to Wyoming's Jaron Jensen. As for Stricker, he enters the Midlands tourney having won his last three matches in which he was able to finish against unranked foes (lost by injury default at Keystone Classic during stretch). At Cliff Keen, Stricker's only two blemishes were against nationally ranked opposition.

At The Helm

Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in 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 returns to action at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open. The one-day tournament is scheduled for Jan. 5, at 9 a.m., in Lancaster, Pa. TrackWrestling.com will have the action.