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Wrestling Hits the Road for EIWA Championships

Wrestling Hits the Road for EIWA Championships

Harvard had three NCAA qualifiers a year ago (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking to the mats for the 113th EIWA Championships, Harvard wrestling will trek to Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion March 3-4. Harvard has sent at least one wrestler to the NCAA tournament in each of the past 21 seasons, including three a year ago. The weekend's action will be broadcast by FloWrestling.

Last Time Out
Taking to the mats for the final time before the EIWA Championships, Harvard wrestling picked up a victory on the road against Hofstra, 28-9, at the David S. Mack Physical Education Center.

Harvard got seven wins on the evening, including a pin from freshman A.J. Jaffe and a win via major decision from classmate Kyle Bierdumpfel. The wins were part of a run of six-straight victories by the Crimson.

Full Release: Wrestling Triumphs Over Hofstra, 28-9 

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (3-8) has combined for 144 wins with 21 pins over five tournaments and 11 duals, led by a 26-8 mark from Josef Johnson. Freshman A.J. Jaffe has contributed 19 victories, including a team-high nine in dual action, while Nicholas Gajdzik and Hunter Ladnier have tallied 17 and 16 triumphs, respectively. Johnson placed in every tournament he appeared in, including top-three performances at the Jonathan Kaloust Open, Keystone Classic and Franklin & Marshall Open, which he won.

For full statistics, click here.

Event Schedule
Friday, March 3 - Session 1
- 11 a.m.: Championship First Round
- 2:15 p.m.: First Round Wrestlebacks

Session 2:
- 6 p.m.: Championship Quarterfinals
- 7:30 p.m.: Wrestleback Quarterfinals

Saturday, March 4 - Session 3:
- 10 a.m.: Semifinals
- 12:45 p.m.: Wrestleback Semifinals
- 1:35 p.m.: 7th-Place Matches

Session 4:
- 4 p.m.: 1st, 3rd, and 5th Place Matches

Probables

125 Connor Sakmar 
133 Jeffrey Ott
141 #33/NR/NR A.J. Jaffe
149 Hunter Ladnier
157 Colby Knight
165 Kyle Bierdumpfel
174 #27/19/20 Josef Johnson
184 Kanon Dean
197 Logan Kirby
285 Nicholas Gajdzik

 

 

*Rankings: NCAA Coaches Panel/Intermat/TrackWrestling

NCAAs on the Horizon
A total of 281 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament will be given out at conference tournaments around the country, including 43 from the EIWA. After all of the bids are passed out, 49 at-large berths will remain, which will be determined by head-to-head competition, quality wins, coaches' ranking, results against common opponents, RPI, qualifying event placement, and winning percentage. The NCAA selection show will be March 8 at 6 p.m., broadcast on NCAA.com.

 

125

133

141

149

157

165

174

184

197

285

Total

EIWA

2

4

5

3

4

4

6

7

4

4

43

At-Large

6

4

4

5

5

7

4

5

5

4

49

In the Rankings
Junior Josef Johnson has appeared in the national rankings at 174 pounds from multiple outlets. With a plethora of top-caliber victories, Johnson is slotted at No. 19 and No. 20 in the InterMat and TrackWrestling rankings, respectively, and at No. 27 by the NCAA Coaches Panel.  Additionally, Johnson ranks 21st in the NCAA RPI at 174 pounds, and is joined by A.J. Jaffe (141) and Nicholas Gajdzik (285), who rank 32nd and 33rd, respectively, at their weight classes. Jaffe also earned the final spot in the NCAA Coaches Panel at 141, checking in at No. 33.

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Scouting The Field
Cornell earned the EIWA regular season and Ivy League crowns with a perfect 8-0 mark, while Bucknell and Lehigh posted one-loss conference campaigns. Harvard finished 3-6 in EIWA action, posting wins over Columbia, Franklin & Marshall and Hofstra. In total, 65 EIWA wrestlers are ranked in at least one poll.

Looking Back
Harvard last won the EIWA Championship in 2001, and has had 22 student-athletes win their weight class at EIWAs. Last season, Devon Gobbo '16 wrestled to the championship at 165 pound. Harvard has had at least four EIWA placewinners in five of the past six years.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.

In the Classroom
Excelling in the classroom as well as on the mat, the 2015-16 Harvard wrestling team posted the highest GPA in the nation, as announced by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The honor marked the 14th time Harvard landed in the top-10 since the award's inception.

At the Helm
Jay Weiss is in his 23rd season as the David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling. Weiss is a two-time EIWA Coach of the Year, and mentored a pair of national champions in Jesse Jantzen (2004) and JP O'Connor (2010). Under Weiss' watch, Harvard has tallied 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans.

What's Next?
The NCAA wrestling championships will take place March 16-18 in St. Louis, with the NCAA selection show preceding the event March 8.  

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