Wrestling Returns Home on Saturday for Matches vs. Columbia, Hofstra

Harvard welcomes Columbia and Hofstra to Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Denise Tarsi).
Harvard welcomes Columbia and Hofstra to Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday. (Photo Courtesy: Denise Tarsi).
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard Wrestling returns to action for the first time in two weeks on Saturday when it plays host to Columbia (7-4; 2-3 EIWA) and Hofstra (6-11; 2-5 EIWA) inside Malkin Athletic Center. Start time for the clash with the Lions is slated for 4 p.m., and will be followed by a 6 p.m. bout with the Pride.

How to Follow

ESPN+: Columbia | Hofstra | International Viewers

Twitter: @HarvardWrestlin

What to Know

  • Harvard will look to put an end to its four-match losing skid on Saturday. The Crimson (1-7; 1-5 EIWA), which has not been at full strength for nearly a month due to injuries up and down the lineup, is coming off a road sweep at the hands of No. 18/10 (InterMat/FloWrestling) Princeton and Penn on Feb. 2.
  • Lukus Stricker will look to continue his recent run of success this weekend. The 133-pound sophomore earned a fall (4:33) at Princeton and recorded a 5-3 decision in sudden victory at Penn. Prior to this streak, Stricker nearly upset No. 12/13 Chas Tucker of No. 10/16 Cornell, falling in sudden-victory, 6-4.
  • Harvard trails the all-time series vs. Columbia, 50-35-2, but has won three straight vs. the Lions. The Crimson, meanwhile, has won two of the last three at home vs. Columbia, including 2017's 24-14 decision. Last season, Harvard emerged with an 18-13 road win.
  • The Crimson owns a slim 10-9-1 all-time record in head-to-head competition vs. Hofstra. Harvard has won three consecutive clashes with the Pride with the last two coming on the road. Saturday's meeting will be the first between the schools in Cambridge since 2016, when Harvard won, 34-15.
  • There will be special merchandise from The Harvard Shop for all Harvard undergraduates at the Columbia match.

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 will have a short turnaround following Saturday's matches with Brown visiting Malkin Athletic Center on Thursday, Feb. 21. The action is set to begin at 6 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.