JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. – Competing for the first time in 2017-2018, three Harvard wrestlers posted top-three performances at the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat Open on Sunday. Junior Nolan Hellickson and sophomore A.J. Jaffe paced the Crimson with second place finishes in the 125 and 141 weight classes.
Hellickson began the day strong with a technical fall victory over Franklin and Marshall's Michael Simonetti, followed by a major decision (10-0) against Columbia's Spencer Good. In the quarterfinals of the 125 weight class, Hellickson pinned Ohio's Trevor Giallombardo at 2:18, before defeating Buffalo's Kyle Atkins in the semifinals by a 3-1 decision. In the first-place match, Hellickson was pinned by Cornell's Michael Russo at 0:58.
Jaffe began his day with a major decision (13-1) over Penn State's Scott Obendorfer, before pinning Buffalo's Ryan Juarez-Robertson at 2:56 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Illinois native moved onto the semifinals following a 3-0 decision over, host, Binghamton's Joseph Russ. In the semifinals, Jaffe took down another Binghamton wrestler, Dane Heberlein, by a major decision (11-3). However, Jaffe fell to Cornell's Yianni Diakomihalis by a major decision (13-4) in the first-place match.
In the 174 weight class, senior Josef Johnson advanced to the quarterfinals with a major decision over Buffalo's Austin Weigel (14-2), a 8-1 decision over Franklin and Marshall's Josh Young. The New Jersey native moved onto the semifinals with a 6-1 decision over Bryce Rogers, but fell to Columbia's Tyrel White by a 4-3 decision. Johnson claimed third-place following a 5-3 decision over Army's Luke Hodsden.
Senior Angus Cowell earned a sixth-place finish in the heavyweight division, picking up five wins for the Crimson. After earning a 5-1 decision in his first round of the day, he was pinned by Columbia's Garrett Ryan at 2:21. But Cowell won his next four matches, before taking sixth-place due to reaching the NCAA limit for matches in a day.
- Nolan Hellickson earned a total of 20.50 points with his second-place finish in 125.
- A.J. Jaffe's second-place finish at 141, picked up 20.00 points for the Crimson.
- Josef Johnson claimed 14 points following his third-place finish.
Harvard returns to the mats next Sunday, Nov. 19, traveling to Philadelphia for the Keystone Classic.