Wrestling Topples Franklin & Marshall, Edged by Bucknell

Three student-athletes went 2-0 on the afternoon (Robert Preston).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening its home slate at the Malkin Athletic Center, Harvard wrestling split a pair of dual contests with Franklin and Marshall, 36-6, and Bucknell, 16-24, on Saturday afternoon.

Freshmen Hunter Ladnier (149) and Kyle Bierdumpfel (165) and junior Josef Johnson posted perfect 2-0 records on the afternoon, while nine student-athletes won at least one bout. The Crimson also picked up three victories by fall over the two duals.

Harvard opened the afternoon with a 36-6 victory over Franklin & Marshall, winning eight of 10 bouts. Freshman A.J. Jaffe (141) gave the Crimson the lead with a pin over Patrick Quinlan, and Ladnier followed with a technical fall over Sam Butler to push the lead to 14-3.

Following a victory by decision for freshman Zeth Dean (157), Johnson and junior Rico Stormer (197) posted victories by major decision, 12-1, and technical fall, 16-0, to push the score out of reach. Junior Angus Cowell put an exclamation point on the victory, winning by fall after just 33 second of action.

In Harvard's second contest of the day, senior Jeffrey Ott (133) posted an early victory by major decision, 16-7, and Hunter Ladnier pinned Seth Hogue to take a 10-7 lead after four matchups. Bierdumpfel and Johnson triumphed by decision to extend Harvard's lead to 16-12, but Bucknell picked up wins in the final three bouts of the day to secure the win, 24-16.

Harvard wrestling returns to action Jan. 28 against Columbia and Cornell at the Malkin Athletic Center. Both matches, along with the full replay of the clashes with Franklin & Marshall and Bucknell, will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.