Wrestling Drops Both Matches in Home Doubleheader

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An injury-ravaged Harvard wrestling team dropped both of its home matches on Saturday at Malkin Athletic Center, falling to Binghamton and No. 10/16 (InterMat/FloWrestling) Cornell.

The Crimson fell to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the EIWA with its 33-14 loss to the Bearcats and a 50-0 setback to the Big Red.

In the opener vs. Binghamton (3-3; 3-1 EIWA), Nolan Hellickson earned a 13-4 major decision over Steven Bulzomi at 125 pounds to get Harvard off to a good 4-0 start. Binghamton answered with consecutive victories at 133 and 141, before Brock Wilson lifted the Crimson to a 10-7 lead with his pin of Frankie Garcia.

Hunter Ladnier supplied four additional points for the home side at 157 pounds with his 9-1 major decision over Chris Barker. The Bearcats, however, stormed back with nine points over their next two bouts to take a 16-14 lead. With the cushion sitting at two, Binghamton was the beneficiary of an injury and a technical fall to provide the final margin.

Harvard, which went into the match with Binghamton down two starters, had an additional pair go down against the Bearcats, leaving it even more shorthanded vs. the Big Red (8-2; 3-0 EIWA).

The Crimson's top chance to earn points vs. Cornell came from Lukus Stricker at 133 pounds. The sophomore from Ohio was tied, 2-2, with 12th-ranked Chas Tucker at the end of two frames and earned a bonus point in the third period, which forced sudden victory overtime. Stricker, however, came up short in the bout, losing in the second sudden-victory frame, 6-4.

Harvard Highlights

  • Wilson's fall at 3:57 vs. Binghamton was his first of the season and second of his career. He is the ninth Crimson wrestler to record a pin in 2018-19.
  • Ladnier earned his team-best fifth major decision of the season against the Bearcats, which is two more than the next closest Harvard wrestler (Stricker, Leo Tarantino).
  • Hellickson's second major decision of the year against Binghamton was his 12th victory of 2018-19.

Binghamton 33, Harvard 14

Malkin Athletic Center; Cambridge, Mass.

125: Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) over Steven Bulzomi (Binghamton), Maj. Dec. 13-4

133: Zack Trampe (Binghamton) over Lukus Stricker (Harvard), Dec. 9-2

141: Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton) over Tucker Ribman (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 11-2

149: Brock Wilson (Harvard) over Frankie Garcia (Binghamton), Fall 3:57

157: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) over Chris Barker (Binghamton), Maj. Dec. 9-1

165: Aidan Monteverdi (Binghamton) over Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), Dec. 7-4

174: Vincent DePrez (Binghamton) over Leo Tarantino (Harvard), Fall 2:54

184: No. 9/8 Lou DePrez (Binghamton) over Cliffton Wang (Harvard), Inj. 1:21

197: Alex Melikian (Binghamton) over Cole Bateman (Harvard), TF 17-2

285: Joe Doyle (Binghamton), Forfeit

No. 10/16 Cornell 50, Harvard 0

Malkin Athletic Center; Cambridge, Mass.

125: No. 11 Vitali Arujau (Cornell) over Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), Maj. Dec 20-8

133: No. 12 Chas Tucker (Cornell) over Lukus Stricker (Harvard), SV-2 6-4

141: No. 1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) over Ryan Friedman (Harvard), Fall 3:35

149: Jonathan Furnas (Cornell) over Brock Wilson (Harvard), Dec. 4-1

157: Adam Santoro (Cornell) over Robert Groves (Harvard), TF 16-0

165: Andrew Berreyesa (Cornell) over Tyler Tarsi (Harvard), Fall 2:41

174: No. 15 Brandon Womack (Cornell) over Leo Tarantino (Harvard), Fall 6:57

184: No. 10 Max Dean (Cornell) over Pierce Bausano (Harvard), Fall 3:00

197: No. 17 Ben Honis (Cornell) over Cole Bateman (Harvard), TF 21-6

285: Jeramy Sweany (Cornell), Forfeit

Next Up

Harvard will be in action next Saturday, Feb. 2, when it faces Princeton and Penn on the road. The Crimson will be in New Jersey at 1 p.m., before visiting the Quakers at 6 p.m. Both will air on ESPN+.