STANFORD, Calif. – Harvard wrestling traveled to the West Coast and dropped dual matches to 22nd-ranked Utah Valley and Stanford. The Crimson was on the wrong end of a 27-16 decision to the Wolverines and came up short vs. the Cardinal, 26-12.
The highlight of the trip came in the second match of day when California native Joshua Kim defeated No. 20 Paul Fox of Stanford by decision, 8-7. The 165-pound first-year picked up his 13th victory of the season with the performance. Cliffton Wang, meanwhile, was victorious at 184 pounds, earning a 6-0 decision over Colbey Harlan.
In the morning match against the nationally ranked Wolverines, Harvard won four times and was jumpstarted by a Nolan Hellickson win at 125 pounds. The senior defeated Josh Jensen by technical fall at the 4:14 mark, 16-0. Hunter Ladnier also won by technical fall, 18-2 (5:35), in his clash with Matthew Ontiveros at 157 pounds. The victory was the junior's fifth in his last six outings.
Brock Wilson (149 pounds) and Leonardo Tarantino (174) were also triumphant in their respective matches against Utah Valley. Both won by decision.
- Hellickson, who won by forfeit against the Cardinal, and Ladnier both earned their second technical falls of the campaign. Those figures lead the team.
- Tarantino's win over Utah Valley's Kyle Snelling was the first-year's sixth in his last eight outings. The freshman, however, lost his match vs. Stanford and is now 6-3 in his last nine matches.
- Hellickson won his ninth and 10th matches of the season, joining Ladnier, Kim and Lukus Stricker as members of the 10-win club. The senior is 10-8 on the season and has 45 career wins.
- Wang inched closer to joining the aforementioned 10-win club. The sophomore won his eighth match of the year and nearly swept his two matches if not for a takedown with four seconds left in sudden victory vs. UVU.
No. 22 Utah Valley 27, Harvard 16
125: Nolan Hellickson (H) tech. fall Josh Jensen (UVU), 16-0 (4:14)
133: Isaiah Delgado (UVU) dec. Lukus Stricker (H), 9-3
141: #11 Matt Findlay (UVU) maj. dec. Ryan Friedman (H), 10-1
149: Brock Wilson (H) dec. Landon Knutzen (UVU), 3-2
157: Hunter Ladnier (H) tech. fall Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), 18-2 (5:35)
165: #11 Demetrius Romero (UVU) tech. fall Josh Kim (H), 17-2 (5:33)
174: Leo Tarantino (H) dec. Kyle Snelling (UVU), 7-4
184: Will Sumner (UVU) dec. Cliffton Wang (H), 7-5 - SV1 (winning takedown with four seconds left in SV)
197: #13 Tanner Orndorff (UVU) fall Cole Bateman (H), F3:32
285: #10 Tate Orndorff (UVU) fall Evan Callahan (H), F1:29
Stanford 26, Harvard 12
125: Nolan Hellickson (H) won by forfeit
133: Mason Pengilly (STAN) maj. dec. Lukus Stricker (H), 13-0
141: Brandon Kier (STAN) dec. Ryan Friedman (H), 8-6 (SV)
149: #15 Requir van der Merwe (STAN) maj. dec. Brock Wilson (H), 11-2
157: Dominick Mandarino (STAN) dec. Hunter Ladnier (H), 10-4
165: Josh Kim (H) dec. Paul Fox (STAN), 8-7
174: Rico Stormer (STAN) dec. Leo Tarantino (H), 7-4
184: Cliffton Wang (H) dec. Colbey Harlan (STAN), 6-0
197: #8 Nathan Traxler (STAN) maj. dec. Cole Bateman (H), 17-5
285: Haydn Maley (STAN) tech. fall Evan Callahan (H), 16-0 (4:27)
The Crimson will play host to its home opener next Saturday when Bucknell (noon) and Franklin & Marshall (5 p.m.) visit Malkin Athletic Center.