Harvard wrestling will add seven freshmen to a roster that returns six EIWA placewinners (Robert Preston).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jay Weiss, the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, has announced that seven incoming freshmen will be added to the Crimson's roster for the 2013-14 season; Zachary Dinan, Samuel Ekanem, Tyler Grimaldi, Colby Knight, Eric Morris, Colton Peppelman and Brad Perkins. The seven member class of 2017 hails from five different states, represents five different weight classes and is made up of three All-Americans, two state champions and a private school state champion.
"This is a great group that will be joining us in the fall. Not only are they accomplished on the mat, I feel they have the character necessary to make us even stronger off the mat as well," commented Weiss. "We have young men coming in that have competed and succeeded at the national level, and have very few losses in their careers. I am very anxious to get them in the fold because we have something big stirring here at Harvard."
Class of 2017
Zachary Dinan, 5-8, 141 lbs., New York, N.Y.
2012-13 captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led Horace Mann to three consecutive Ivy League team championships and NYS Private School team state championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012 ... Won back-to-back Ivy League individual championships wrestling in 2013 at 138 lbs., and 2012 at 126 lbs. .... NYS Private School champion wrestler as a senior ... Mamroneck Wrestling Tournament champion as a junior ... Qualified for National Prep championships in 2013 ... Named All-State as a senior and junior ... Named All-League for three consecutive seasons ... In 2012 named All-City ... Compiled an 88-35 record including a 30-5 performance his senior season ... Also lettered in soccer ... As a junior, helped the soccer team to the Ivy League championship ... Named All-League in soccer in 2012 ... His father, James '85 and mother, Elizabeth Miller '85, are both graduates of Harvard's Business School ... His sister, Katie, is a freshman at Harvard.
Samuel Ekanem, 6-2, 174 lbs., Westland, Mich.
Three-time captain, three-year letterwinner ... Helped Wayne Memorial to a Kensington Lakes Athletic Association division championship as a junior ... Became the Michigan USA Wrestling Freestyle State Champion at 182 lbs. in 2012 ... Named All-State for his eighth-place finish at the MHSAA championships as a senior ... In 2013 named first team All-Area ... Named All-League for three consecutive seasons ... Named team MVP as a senior and sophomore ... Also a two-time captain, three-year letterwinner in football ... Earned All-League honorable mention as a cornerback ... In 2013 earned individual academic All-State honors ... Volunteered at the Champion's Program, Franklin Middle School Bright Future's Summer Program, and William P. Faust Children's Wing.
Tyler Grimaldi, 5-7, 165 lbs., Dix Hills, N.Y.
Four-time captain, five-year letterwinner ... Half Hollow Hills High School West's first-ever state champion ... Back-to-back state finalist and champion as a junior ... Earned All-America status at Virginia Beach in 2012 ... Two-time county champion ... Three-time league champion ... Named All-State as a senior and junior ... Three-time All-County selection ... Five-time All-League selection ... Four-time team MVP ... Named All-Long Island in 2013 ... 189 victories are most in Half Hollow HIlls History ... Also a two-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse ... Vice President of the Class ... Peer Ambassador ... Member of Athletes Helping Athletes, National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.
Colby Knight, 5-8, 141 lbs., Urbandale, Iowa
2012-13 captain, four-year letterwinner ... Three-time Folkstyle Nationals All-American ... Two-time Junior Nationals All-American ... Iowa State Champion in 2011 ... Had a runner-up finish in Iowa's state championship as a freshman ... Finished third and fourth at the state tournament as a senior and junior ... Named Iowa 3A Mr. Wrestler of the Year in 2013 ... Helped Urbandale to a third-place finish at states as a freshman ... Holds Urbandale's record for career takedowns (586) and season takedowns (182) ... Compiled a 152-9 career record ... Named first team academic All-State as a junior ... In 2012 named to the second team academic All-State ... Honor Roll student ... President and leader of Urbandale Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Student Ambassador ... Volunteered at Meals for the Heartland ... Wildwood Hills Rank Team Leader ... His father, Steve, and his uncle, Dan Knight, wrestled at Iowa State University both earning All-America Status ... His brother, Evan, wrestles at Cornell University.
Eric Morris, 5-7, 184 lbs., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
2012-13 captain, four-year letterwinner ... Three-time Pennsylvania Prep Champion ... Two-time national prep champion ... Two-time Beat of the East champion ... Eastern States Champion in 2012 ... Greco Roman National champion ... Pan American Greco Roman champion ... Pan American Freestyle Champion ... Four-time Fila Freestyle All-American ... Four-time Beast of the East All-American ... Three-time Ironman All-American ... Two-time Freestyle National All-American ... Named PAIWST Wrestler of the Year and NHSCA/GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Year in 2013 ... Named to the Pennsylvania Dream Team for the 2013 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic and the USA Dream Team versus Illinois All-Star Match ... Four-time national prep finalist ... Three-time Beast of the East finalist ... Ironman Champion ... Two-time Ironman Finalist ... Freestyle Cadet National Finalist ... Dean's List... Volunteered at a soup kitchen in central Pennsylvania and Winter Wonderland.
Colton Peppelman, 5-8, 174 lbs., Harrisburg, Pa.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led Central Dauphin to top-three finishes in the past four years including two state championships as a freshman and sophomore ... Helped Central Dauphin to 95 consecutive dual meet victories, the most in state history ... Placed fourth at the 2013 PIAA State tournament ... In 2012, placed seventh at Beast of the East ... Two-time All-State selection ... Holds Central Dauphin's school record for wins with 135 ... National Merit Scholar Qualifier ... Member of that National Honor Society and Four Diamonds Child Cancer Fund ... His brother, Walter '12-'13, was a two-time All-American at Harvard ... His brother, Marshall, wrestles at Cornell University.
Bradley Perkins, 5-6, 133 lbs., Gladstone, Mo.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Three-time state champion ... Fargo Cadet and Fila Cadet national champion ... Went undefeated in his high school career with a 91-0 record ... Student body Vice President ... Intern at Adaptive P.E. ... Member of the Student Council and National Honor Society.