CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team will head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to compete at the 24th annual Keystone Classic on Sunday. The 10-team event is set to be held at The Palestra with the action starting at 10 a.m. The semifinals, meanwhile, are slated for 2:30 p.m., with the finals scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
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- Harvard returns to action two weeks after a solid season-opening event at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Vestal, New York. The Crimson had six wrestlers finish in the top five of their respective weight classes and another finish in sixth place.
- First-year Philip Conigliaro won the 165-pound division, going 4-0 in his Harvard debut. The Dedham native won by major decision in his first match before securing three consecutive decisions to capture the title. Conigliaro defeated Cornell's Adam Santoro in the finals, 6-3. For his effort, he entered the FloWrestling rankings at No. 24 last week, and the TrackWrestling standings at No. 32. Congiliaro enters the Classic at No. 31 in the TrackWrestling ratings.
- Yaraslau Slavikouski, a first-year from Rechitsa, Belarus, advanced to the title bout of the 285-weight class, but fell short to Finger Lakes RTC's Lewis Fernandes (Fall 5:22). Prior to that, he defeated three straight Army foes by decision. This week, he is ranked No. 23 by FloWrestling in the heavyweight division.
- A trio of first-years will look to carry their momentum from the first tournament of 2019-20 into this week's action. Beau Bayless (125 pounds) and Michael Jaffe (133 pounds) both advanced to the third-place match at the Bearcat Open, with Mike Doggett (184 pounds) earning a spot in the fifth-place bout.
- A pair of upperclassmen also continued their solid work from a year ago in the season opener. Senior co-captain Hunter Ladnier, who led the team in victories (22) in 2018-19, finished in fifth place at 157 pounds. Additionally, Ladnier took third place at the 2018 Keystone Classic. Junior Lukus Stricker, meanwhile, wrestled his way to the third-place match of the 141-pound bracket a season after earning 16 wins, which was the second most on the squad.
- Harvard will compete against a Keystone field that includes the host, Penn, Appalachian State, Drexel, Duke, Franklin & Marshall, Rider, Sacred Heart, Virginia and VMI.
At The Helm
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 26th 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 seven years.
Harvard returns to action on Dec. 6, when it competes at the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.