Johnson, Ladnier, Ott Travel to NCAA Wrestling Championships

Johnson, Ladnier, Ott Travel to NCAA Wrestling Championships

Harvard has three qualifiers for the second-straight season (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing alongside the most elite wrestlers in the country, Harvard wrestling will send three student-athletes to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight season. Co-captains Josef Johnson and Jeffrey Ott will join freshman Hunter Ladnier in St. Louis, with the action beginning Thursday, March 16 at 11 a.m at the Scotttrade Center.

Last Time Out
Bringing a close to the 113th EIWA Championships, three Crimson wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships, led by second-place performances from freshman Hunter Ladnier and senior Jeffrey Ott. Harvard tallied 63.5 points overall, good for 10th place as a team.

Excelling in his first conference tournament, Ladnier became the first Harvard freshman to advance to the EIWA finals since JP O'Connor '10, who later went on to win a national championship. Six Crimson student-athletes landed on the podium in total, and Harvard has multiple student-athletes going to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in the past 19 years.

Full Release: Ladnier, Ott, Johnson Qualify for NCAAs at EIWA Championships

Harvard at the NCAAs
Harvard boasts three NCAA Champions in program history – John Harkness (1938, 175 pounds), Jesse Jantzen (2004, 149 pounds) and JP O'Connor (2010, 157 pounds) – and 27 total All-Americans. Jantzen and Pat Johnson (1933, 135 pounds) were recipients of the NCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler awards. Harvard has multiple NCAA qualifiers for the 19th time in the past 20 years.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (3-8) combined for 163 wins with 23 pins over six tournaments and 11 duals, led by a 26-8 mark from Johnson. Ladnier contributed 19 victories, while Ott tallied 14 to push his career total to a team-best 68. Johnson took sixth at the EIWA championships, and placed in three tournaments in the fall, while Ladnier and Ott claimed silver medals.

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Opening Matchups
Jeffrey Ott (Harvard) vs. (10) John Erneste (Missouri)
Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) vs. (13) Alfred Bannister (Maryland)
Josef Johnson (Harvard) vs. (3) Bo Jordan (Ohio State)

Event Schedule
10 a.m. - Gates open (Scottrade Center)
11 a.m. - Session I (Scottrade Center)
2 - 6 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival (St. Louis Union Station)
4:30 p.m. - Gates Open (Scottrade Center)
6 p.m. - Session II (Scottrade Center)

9 a.m. - Gates Open (Scottrade Center)
10 a.m. - Session III (Scottrade Center)
1 - 6:30 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival (St. Louis Union Station)
5:30 p.m. - Gates open (Scottrade Center)
7 p.m. - Session IV (Scottrade Center)

9 a.m. - Gates open (Scottrade Center)
10 a.m. - Session V (Scottrade Center)
12-6:30 p.m. - NCAA Fan Festival (St. Louis Union Station)
5:30 p.m. - Gates open (Scottrade Center)
6:35 p.m. - Parade of All-Americans (Scottrade Center)
7 p.m. - Session VI (Scottrade Center)

Honor Roll
Excelling in year one on the mats for Harvard wrestling, freshmen A.J. Jaffe and Hunter Ladnier were named to the All-Ivy League second team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. The duo combined for 41 wins in their first season, including a 15-4 mark in dual action.

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The Ott File
Competing at 133 pounds, Ott is 14-14 on the season, including a sixth-place finish at the Keystone Classic. 2-2 in duals and 3-1 at the EIWA Championships, Ott moved to 68-54 in his career, and he is the Crimson's active leader in career pins with 15. He is two victories by fall away from cracking the program's top-10 list.

The Ladnier File
Becoming the first Harvard freshman to advance to the EIWA championship match since former NCAA Champion JP O'Connor '10, Ladnier has dazzled in his first campaign with a 19-12 record, including a 6-2 mark in dual action. Competing at 149 pounds, Ladnier toppled the EIWA's top seed and No. 12 wrester nationally in his best victory of the season.

The Johnson File
Leading the team in victories on the season with 26, Johnson has been one of the nation's top competitors at 174 pounds. Tallying a victory at the Franklin & Marshall Open and taking sixth at EIWAs, Johnson has tallied a pair of victories over ranked opponents this season. He is 61-40 in his career with five pins.

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.