Harvard to Wrestle at David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open

Lukus Stricker and Harvard are set to compete at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open (Photo courtesy: Susan Hellickson).
Lukus Stricker and Harvard are set to compete at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open (Photo courtesy: Susan Hellickson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling will travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to compete in Saturday's David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open. The event, which begins at 9 a.m., is the final regular-season tournament of the 2018-19 campaign for the Crimson before jumping into dual-match action next week.

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What to Know

  • Harvard is coming off a trip to the Midwest where it competed at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships. Tyler Tarsi made his season debut at 165 pounds and recorded a team-best three victories. Hunter Ladnier and Joshua Kim, meanwhile, each earned a pair of wins.
  • Tarsi, a senior team tri-captain, returned to the mat with style and grace, pinning his first opponent, Harlan Steffensmeier of Air Force, at the 3:29 mark, giving him a team-best nine pins for his career.
  • Ladnier, who is a team tri-captain, began his tournament experience in similar fashion to Tarsi, pinning Northwestern's Erich Byelick (4:25). The fall was Ladnier's sixth of his career, pulling him into a tie with Nolan Hellickson for second most on the squad. Going into Saturday's action, the 157-pound junior will be vying for his 50th career victory and looking to improve upon his 49-32 all-time record.
  • Kim won his first two matches at the 56th annual Midlands tournament, increasing his win total to 11 in his first season in Cambridge. Competing at 165 pounds, Kim sits one victory behind Ladnier for the team lead.
  • Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, returns to his alma mater after graduating from Franklin & Marshall in 1990. The 25th-year Crimson head coach is one of the all-time great Diplomat wrestlers, ranking 10th (tied) in single-season wins (29 in 1989-90) and 20th in career victories (62). Weiss won 63 percent of his matches while in Lancaster (62-36-2).
  • Although he currently sits in 10th place in Franklin & Marshall history with 29 single-season wins, Weiss left the school ranked No. 2 and was fourth in career victories before being nudged down to his perch at No. 20.

At The Helm

Weiss 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 begins its dual-match season with a trip to Northern California. The Crimson will face Utah Valley and Stanford on the Cardinal campus. The UVU match is slated for 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT, with the Stanford contest to follow at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.