Four Crimson finished on the podium highlighted by Preson's runner-up finish (Robert Preston).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Todd Preston fell just short in his championship bid to lead the Harvard wrestling team at the 19th annual Keystone Classic.
Preston, who only saw the mat 13 times last season after battling injury, gutted out three close decisions en route to a second-place finish at 141 lbs. The Hampton, N.J., native began his day with a tight 5-3 decision over Arizona State's Matt Kraus, and followed it up with another 5-3 victory over Rider's Paul Kirchner, seeded third in the bracket. Preston advanced to the championship bout with a 2-0 decision over second-seeded Tyler Scotton of Boston University, before being knocked off by Indiana's Ethan Raley, the third seed, via a 7-5 decision.
Harvard also saw its two co-captains, Cameron Croy and James Fox, finish on the podium as they made their season debuts. Croy was seeded fourth at 184 lbs. and made his way to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 major decision against BU's Aaron Conrad and a 4-1 decision against fifth-seeded Blake Stauffer of Arizona State. The senior was bumped from the championship bracket by Penn's Lorenzo Thomas, the top seed and 18th-ranked grappler in the weight class, before rebounding with a 4-2 win over Bloomsburg's Sam Shirley. Croy faced Stoufer again in the consolation finals, but this time it was the Terrier who came out on top, 6-2.
Fox, seeded seventh at 197 lbs., opened his season with a 9-5 win over Josh Dasilveria from Arizona State. He was defeated in the second round by American's Daniel Mitchell, seeded second and ranked 12th nationally, but came back strong in the wrestlebacks with an 8-0 major decision against Pittsburgh's Matt Patrick. Fox picked up a pin at the 1:15 mark versus third seed Nick Bonaccorsi of Pitt, before being bounced to the fifth-place match by fourth seed Alex Polizzi of Northwestern. The Plainfield, N.J., native was defeated by Rider's Donald McNeil, the fifth seed, to take sixth.
Tyler Grimaldi also finished in sixth place for the Crimson. Seeded fifth at 157 lbs., Grimaldi opened up with decisions over Appalachian State's Nick Hall (5-3) and Bloomsburg's Mike Testen (6-0), before reaching the semifinals with a 3-1 victory over Dylan Marriot from Northwestern. The freshman suffered three straight losses, including one at the hands of top-seeded and ninth-ranked Taylor Walsh of Indiana, to exit the tournament in sixth.
Harvard will return to action next week at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.