Wrestling Ready for Ken Kraft Midlands Championships

Action photo of Harvard wrestling
Photo Courtesy: Mark Ferraro.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard will close out the calendar year by competing at the 57th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, Dec. 29-30, at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

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What to Know
- Harvard returns to the mat after last competing at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 6-7. First-years Philip Conigliaro and Yaraslau Slavikouski continued their impressive seasons to date, with Conigliaro picking up four victories and Slavikouski earning three.
- Conigliaro entered the CKLV with an unblemished 8-0 record and the Dedham native ran his season-opening winning streak to 10 with decisions in his first two contests. His streak, however, came to an end in the quarterfinals as he was on the wrong side of an 8-0 major decision to Andrew Fogarty of North Dakota State. The 165-pounder rebounded the next day by winning two of three bouts, including his seventh-place match with Bailee O'Reilly of Minnesota (Dec. 10-3).
- Conigliaro heads to the Midwest with a 12-2 record and appeared in five different publications' national rankings. The first-year is No. 16 in the 165-pound weight class by FloWrestling, No. 17 by TrackWrestling and Wrestlestat, No. 19 by Intermat and No. 20 by The Open Mat.
- Slavikouski, ranked No. 25 at 285 pounds by Wrestlestat, won his Round of 32 contest vs. Joe Doyle of Binghamton (Dec. 9-4), but dropped his next match in Las Vegas. The first-year then added two consolation victories against Cal State Bakersfield's Jarrod Snyder (Maj. Dec. 12-4) and Purdue's Thomas Penola (Dec. 3-2), which secured him a spot in the Consolation Round of 8 on Sunday. Slavikouski was ultimately defeated by Gannon Gremmel of Iowa State, 8-6, dropping him to 10-4 on the year.
- Team co-captain Hunter Ladnier was Harvard's top performer a season ago at the Midlands Championships. Wrestling at 157 pounds, Ladnier split four matches to earn 5.5 team points for the Crimson, which completed the tournament in a tie for 32nd place.

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. 

Next Up
Harvard will take a few days off before returning to action at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Jan. 4.