Ott and Ladnier advanced to the semifinals (Gil Talbot).
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bringing an end to the first day of the EIWA Championships, six Harvard wrestlers advanced to the second day of competition at the conference tournament. Senior Jeffrey Ott and freshman Hunter Ladnier led the way, advancing to the semifinals at 133 and 149 pounds, respectively.
Ott and Ladnier won their first two bouts of the day to advance to the semifinals, with each taking down a seeded opponent in the quarterfinal round. Ott pinned Franklin & Marshall's Dan Martoccio in the first round, and toppled the second seed Esteban Gomez Rivera from American in the quarterfinals, 6-3. Ladnier earned a major decision victory over Bucknell's Seth Hogue in the opening stage before earning a 7-6 triumph over Columbia's Danny Reed in the next round.
Four other Crimson student-athletes advanced to the second day of action after advancing in the consolation brackets. A.J. Jaffe (141) used a 3-2 decision over American's Jack Mutchnik in the consolation round of eight to advance to day two, with Jaffe going 2-1 in the opening action.
Junior Josef Johnson (174) advanced to the consolation round of four after defeating Columbia's Andrew Psomas by major decision, 12-1. Johnson also dispatched American's Joe Salvi in the opening stage, 12-3. At 184 pounds, Kanon Dean won two straight consolation bouts by decision to advance to the consolation round of four. The junior tallied five points in each bout.
Capping the first day of wrestling, senior Nicholas Gajdzik (285) earned a 9-6 decision over eighth-seeded Ian Butterbodt of Brown in the final consolation bout of the evening. He also took down Penn's Tyler Hall for a 2-1 start to the tournament.
Each of the six competitors remaining will kick off Saturday's action at 10 a.m. The action will be broadcast by FloWrestling.