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Josef Johnson
Josef Johnson
Year: Senior
Hometown: Piscataway, N.J.
High School: Delbarton School
Position: 174
Major: Social Studies
House Affiliation: Adams

Senior • 2017-2018
NCAA Championships qualifer at 174 pounds ... Posted a 27-11 record, including a 7-3 mark in dual action ... Two-time COOP Student-Athlete of the Week ... Team captain ... Placed third at the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat Open, posting a 4-1 record ... Took third place the following week at the Keystone Classic, going 4-1 ... Went 2-2 at the Midlands Tournament, including facing the No. 1 wrestler in the 174 weight class to advance to the second day ... Won the Franklin & Marshall Open, posting a perfect 5-0 record ... Faced six nationally-rankedo opponents, registering a 1-5 mark ... Tallied a 4-1 mark against Ivy League opponents, including defeating Cornell's No. 17 Brandon Womack by a 6-3 decision ... Notched a 6-2 EIWA dual match record ... Finished fifth at the EIWA Championships with a 4-2 mark and qualifying for the NCAA tournament following 3-2 decision in the second tiebreaker against Columbia's Tyrel White.

Junior • 2016-2017
NCAA Championships qualifier at 174 pounds … Team captain … Recorded a team-leading 30-13 record, including an 8-3 mark in dual matches … Placed second at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, going 4-1 … Took second at the Keystone Classic with a 6-1 mark … Went 3-3 at Midlands, taking eighth … Crowned champion at the Franklin & Marshall Open with a perfect 5-0 record … Won two bouts at the Pitt Duals … Opened dual action with a major decision victory over James Stillerman (Franklin & Marshall) and a win by decision Chad Reese (Bucknell) … Toppled Columbia’s Austin Coniker by major decision … Closed dual action with three victories in a row, over Jonathan Schleifer (Princeton), Andrew LaBrie (Brown) and Sage Heller (Hofstra) … Took sixth at the EIWA Championships, winning three bouts … Took down Peter Galli (Stanford) in the consolation round of the NCAA Championships, went 1-2 overall.

Sophomore • 2015-2016
NCAA qualifier ... Placed sixth at EIWAs ... Earned NWCA All-Academic honors ... Recipient of Harvard's Henry Russell Ames Award for Most Improved Wrestler ... Owned a 17-17 overall record and was 6-6 in dual meets ... Has 12 decisions on the year ... Went 2-2 at Binghamton Open ... Placed fourth at Keystone Classic, posting a 4-1 record ... Went 1-2 at the Cliff Keen Invitational ... Finished second at Franklin & Marshall Open, going 2-1 ... Earned a 3-1 decision against Bloomsburg's Casey Glunt and a 4-3 decision against Duke's Brian Dorsey ... Picked up a decision against Joshua Young of Franklin & Marshall ... Claimed a 9-7 sudden victory in the second overtime against Columbia's Zack Hernandez ... Defeated Brown's Andrew LaBrie, 3-1, in sudden victory ... Had a major decision against Dan Ressler of Roger Williams, 10-1 ... Topped Brown's Andrew Labrie, 10-3, at EIWAs ... Earned a 4-2 sudden victory against No. 14 Casey Kent at EIWAs ... Held off Jack McKeever of Binghamton, 4-2, for a sudden victory to reach the EIWA consolation semifinals.

Freshman • 2014-15
Winner of Harvard's Most Promising Freshman Award ... Owned a 16-13 overall record and 7-4 record in dual meets during rookie season ... Had 11 decisions, three major decisions and two falls ... Went 4-2 at Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open, including two wins coming on a fall and major decision ... Picked up a victory at the Keystone Classic ... Posted a 1-2 mark at the Cliff Keen Invitational ... Earned two wins at Midlands Championships ... Collected a 4-3 win vs. Josh Snook of Maryland ... Had a 7-5 decision over VMI's Mark Darr and a 16-5 major decision against American's Nicholas Carey ... Defeated Bucknell's Rory Bonner, 4-3 ... Held off Princeton's Judd Ziegler, 7-6 ... Picked up a 3-1 decision in sudden victory against Brown's Richard McDonald ... Earned 4-1 decision vs. Ken Dougherty of Johnson & Wales ... Pinned Frank Affronti of Hofstra at 6:19 in opening round of EIWAs.

Before Harvard
Four-year letterwinner in wrestling and three-year letterwinner in football … Captained the wrestling team as a senior … Also competed for Apex Wrestling Club from 2008-2014 … Helped Delbarton School to a New Jersey Non-Public State Championship in 2011, three straight district championships from 2011-13 and four straight county championships from 2011-14 … Placed third at the New Jersey State Championship as a senior at 170 lbs. and took seventh as a junior at 160 lbs. … Two-time district and regional champion … Placed third at the 2014 Flonationals and fifth at the 2013 Beast of the East … Earned All-America honors at the 2013 NHSCA Junior Nationals and the 2012 Cadet Freestyle Nationals … Named first team all-conference and team MVP as a senior and second team all-county as a junior and senior … Presented the 2014 Craig Berlamino Award for exceptional character and the 2013 Region 3 Paul J. Finn Scholarship for athletic achievement and leadership … Also helped Delbarton football to back-to-back NJSIAA State Championship games in 2011 and 2012, and three straight NJAC conference championships from 2011-13 … Earned first team all-conference and second team all-county honors in football as a senior … Recipient of the St. Michael’s College Book Award … Nominated to the National Society of High School Scholars and was an NHSCA Scholar-Athlete … Volunteered with the Adopt-A-Grandparent, Dean-Peer Leadership, Minority Mentor programs … Served as Senior Class President and Freshman Class President.

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