Pictured to the right is the 1924-25 Harvard wrestling team coached by William E. Lewis.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - First established in 1913, the Harvard wrestling team is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013-14, making the Crimson one of the oldest collegiate wrestling programs in the nation. As part of that celebration GoCrimson.com is releasing the "Top Moments in Harvard Wrestling History," beginning this week with No's. 25-21.
- #25-#21 (released Jan. 8)
- #20-16 (released Jan. 22)
- #15-11 (released Feb. 5)
- #10-#6 (released Feb. 19)
- #5-#1 (released March 5)
To learn more about the history of Harvard wrestling, visit the team's Media Center by clicking here.
#21 A Win for the Ages:
On Feb. 10, 2013, the Harvard wrestling team (pictured at right) pulled off one of the upsets of the year by knocking off No. 14 Lehigh on its home mat, 25-16. With the score tied at 16, 197-pounder James Fox came up with a 2-0 decision over John Bolich to put Harvard out in front by three, 19-16. From there, heavyweight Nicholas Gajdzik did the rest, registering his third fall of the year against Max Wessell in sudden victory overtime to seal the victory.
The win was Harvard's first against Lehigh since 1998 and broke a streak of 14 consecutive losses to the Mountain Hawks, who placed eighth at the previous year's NCAA Championships.
#22 Rhodes Scholars:
Four of Harvard's Rhodes Scholars have earned varsity letters in wrestling; Thomas E. Hill Jr. (1959), Milton M. Yasunaga (1977), Fred T. Smith (1978) and Scott Merriner (1991).
#24 Top of Their Class:
Four wrestlers have been honored with Harvard's William J. Bingham Award as the senior class' outstanding male athlete; Robert R. Foster '59, Frank Fronhofer II '93, Jesse Jantzen '04 and J.P. O'Connor '10.
#25: Circa 1780 – The Tradition Begins: