The track on an unbearably hot September afternoon, the intimidating size of the football stadium steps, maxing out in early morning lifts, and that’s just preseason! Four years at Harvard pass rather quickly. What may seem an eternity to some, passed in the blink of an eye. A few years ago, a young naïve freshman walked into Coach Weiss’s office not knowing what to expect. The only thought echoing through his head was the desire to wrestle. Yes, that brief time ago, I was that freshman, and since then, I have never regretted it. Sure, athletics at Harvard is no easy task. There are ups and downs, highs and lows, but no one gets by that easy. Especially not a wrestler. We’re a different breed, and by no means sane. We sacrifice the comforts of life to do what we love. Harvard wrestling has only solidified that, and it has staked its claim in who I am. I’ve had teammates from across the country, recruits and walk-ons. Every one of them has become a member of my family. Harvard wrestling does more than provide a family atmosphere; so again, I reiterate Harvard wrestling is my family. No matter the adversity or the difficulties I’ve faced, Harvard wrestling has been there to push me through it. My teammates have held me up, and my coaches have had my back.
To give a better grasp on how much the program has meant to me over these past four years, I’d like to include an excerpt from my senior banquet speech:
But I hope I’ve done merely benefit from the support here. I’m going to quote a little bit of Scripture because it’s part of who I am. Jesus says,
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Every time I have stepped out on the mat, I have done it for each and every one of you. I love this sport, and I love this team. Every match, every practice, every day, I’ve tried to give it my all for you whether that included correcting papers, working out, or just an open ear and an open heart.
Harvard wrestling has and always will maintain a very special place in my heart. These four years, I have given it my all just to wear a singlet for this university. The chance to compete here as a Harvard athlete is a truly unique experience. The reality of Harvard athletics has been a vivid dream, and I hope many more have a chance to don the crimson and white.
Harvard men’s squash freshman, Gary Power, has been selected to the College Squash Association All-America first-team. Power, who finished the season ranked as the No. 7 individual in college squash, is joined on the squad by nine of the best players in the nation.
Mike Way, the Gregory Lee '87 and Russell Ball '88 Endowed Coach for Squash at Harvard University, sat down with GoCrimson.com to discuss his first season at the helm of the Crimson. Topics discussed included the shifting of momentum mid-season, the performance of standout individuals and a look towards next season.
Regardt Schonborn has joined the Crimson coaching staff after spending the past five years coaching at his alma mater Trinity. Schoborn, who was integral in the recruiting, training and fundraising with the Bantams, brings a wealth of squash experience to Cambridge.
As the final day the 2011 CSA Individual National Championship were coming to an end Harvard’s Nigel Koh took on Omar Sobhy in a match that would send the winner to the championship of the Molloy division. Unfortunately, for Harvard and Koh, Sobhy earned that right, winning the semifinals match, 3-1.
The Harvard men’s and women’s squash teams will head to Hanover, N.H. to compete at the 2011 CSA National Individual Championships. Dartmouth will serve as the host of the three-day event that begins Fri., March 4.
As the 2011 CSA Men’s National Team Championship came to a conclusion Sunday, the No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team finished play off with a victory in the consolation finals. The Crimson went 2-1 in the Potter Cup division with wins over No. 7 Dartmouth and No. 5 Cornell.
The No. 6 Harvard men's squash team will host the 2011 CSA Men's National Team Championships Feb. 25-27 with the Murr Center Squash Courts serving as the epicenter of the action this weekend. Other area courts will also be used.
The No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team will take on No. 3 Princeton in the first round of the 2011 CSA Men’s National Team Championship Feb. 25. Harvard will serve as the host of the event, with the Murr Center Squash Courts serving as the epicenter of the action this weekend.
The No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team tested No. 1 Trinity early and often, but the Bantams were able to come away with a 6-3 win over the Crimson. Trinity extends its win streak to 239 matches, while the Crimson fell to 7-4 this season.
The Harvard men’s squash team was tested from top-to-bottom against No. 10 Penn, but the Crimson held its ground and captured an 8-1 victory. The win improves Harvard’s record to 7-2, 3-1 in the Ivy League.
The No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team will visit two Ivy League foes this weekend as it travels to No. 10 Penn and No. 3 Princeton. The two matches represent the final road matches that the Crimson is slated to play this season.
The No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team won its first match of the weekend sweeping No. 14 St. Lawrence, 9-0, Friday night. The Crimson only lost one set the entire match against the Saints as eight Harvard student-athletes won their individual matches 3-0.
The No. 6 Harvard men’s squash team took to the courts for the first time since Dec. 5 and captured an 8-1 victory over No. 8 Western Ontario. The match, played in Toronto at the Canada National Squash Academy, improved the Crimson to 4-2 on the season.