Harvard Wrestling Announces 2013-14 Awards
Preston was named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler (Robert Preston).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team recently held its annual postseason awards banquet where EIWA Champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler, Todd Preston, received a pair of awards alongside teammates Cameron Croy, Nicholas Stager, Eric Morris, and Ian Roy.
Preston received the Richard Glover Ames Award as the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler as well as the Hardest Worker Award after enjoying a breakout season at 141 lbs. The sophomore became the 21st EIWA Champion in program history and was named the conference's MOW, before advancing to the Round of 12 at the NCAA Championships where he fell one takedown shy of reaching the podium. Preston, who was limited by injuries to just eight matches as a freshman, completed his year with a 25-10 overall record and went 10-1 in dual competition. The Hampton, N.J., native was also named to the All-Ivy League second team, and reached the Round of 12 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
Croy, a co-captain this season, received the Richard Sullivan Award which is given annually to the wrestler who has given the most back to Harvard wrestling during his time in Cambridge. Croy will graduate Harvard having won 67 bouts over his four-year career, and as a four-time EIWA placewinner. Croy was also named All-Ivy League honorable mention twice and this season matched his best performance at Eastern's with a sixth-place showing.
Stager, a sophomore, was presented the Henry Russell Ames Award for the second straight season, recognizing the wrestler who improves the most over the course of the year. Stager competed at the Keystone Classic and Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational for the Crimson, and was the team's starter at 149 lbs. throughout the dual schedule.
The Most Promising Freshman Award went to Morris, who reached the Round of 12 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in just his third collegiate tournament. The first-year wrestler went 15-10 overall before suffering a season-ending injury midway through the dual schedule, and led the squad with seven major decisions and two tech-falls.
The final award, the Beck Family Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes the wrestler who deserves recognition for their contributions to the success of the program, went to Roy. The senior from Poway, Calif., wrestled in 52 career matches for the Crimson and capped his career off competing at the EIWA Championships.
Before the night was through, Harvard announced its co-captains for the 2014-15 season; Preston and James Fox. Preston will be assuming the duties for the first time while Fox, a rising senior, served as a co-captain this past year. A native of Plainfield, N.J., Fox qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third straight year as an at-large bid and was a unanimous pick to the All-Ivy League first team at 197 lbs.