Four different Harvard wrestlers posted wins on the day (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – Taking the mats for a pair of Ivy League duals, Harvard wrestling fell to Penn, 27-17, and Princeton, 33-3. The Crimson moved to 2-7 on the season and 1-3 in the Ivy League.
Harvard opened the day at Penn, where a quartet of Harvard wrestlers posted victories. Hunter Ladnier (149) gave the Crimson an early 6-0 lead after pinning Joe Oliva at 5:17, which was his third win by fall this season. The Quakers responded to post five-straight wins before senior Nicholas Gajdzik (285) posted a victory by decision, 6-1, over Tyler Hall.
The Crimson continued its Saturday slate at Princeton, falling 33-3. Despite a number of tight matches, junior Josef Johnson tallied Harvard's only victory, a 3-1 sudden triumph over Jonathan Schleifer, who was ranked No. 17 by the NCAA Coaches Panel.
The Crimson returns home on Friday, Feb. 10 for its Ancient Eight finale and senior day against Brown. The first match is set for 6:30 p.m., and the dual will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard vs. Penn
125 Connor Sakmar (H) lost to Jeremy Schwartz (P): MD 11-0
133 Samuel Goldman (H) def. Tristin DeVincenzo (P): TF, 16-1
141 A.J. Jaffe (H) def. AJ Vindici (P): D, 10-3
149 Hunter Ladnier (H) def. Joe Oliva (P): F, 5:17
157 Zeth Dean (H) lost to May Bethea (P): F, 1:55
165 Peter Bearse (H) lost to Brooks Martino (P): TF, 18-3
174 Josef Johnson (H) lost to Casey Kent (P): D, 6-0
184 Kanon Dean (H) lost to Joe Heyob (P): D, 2-0
197 Logan Kirby (H) lost to Frank Mattiace (P): F, 1:02
285 Nicholas Gajdzik (H) def. Tyler Hall (P): D, 6-1
Harvard vs. Princeton
125 Connor Sakmar (H) lost to Ty Agaisse (P): TF, 20-3
133 Samuel Goldman (H) lost to Pat D'Arcy (P): D, 6-2
141 A.J. Jaffe (H) lost to Matthew Kolodzik (P): D, 6-5
149 Hunter Ladnier (H) lost to Jordan Laster (P): D, 5-1
157 Zeth Dean (H) lost to Mike D'Angelo (P): F, 4:17
165 Peter Bearse (H) lost to Leonard Merkin (P): MD, 22-11
174 Josef Johnson (H) def. Jonathan Schleifer (P): SV-1, 3-1
184 Kanon Dean (H) lost to Ian Baker (P): D, 3-0
197 Logan Kirby (H) lost to Brett Harner (P): D, 5-4
285 Nicholas Gajdzik (H) lost to Ray O'Donnell (P): D, 1-0