Wrestling Returns to the Mat on Sunday at the Keystone Classic

The Crimson returns to the mats for the second time this season with the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrestling returns to the mats on Sunday, Nov. 19 with the Keystone Classic hosted by Penn. The action gets underway at approximately 10 a.m.  

Last Time Out
The Crimson had a strong showing with three top-three performances at the Jonathan Kalhoust Bearcat Open to begin the 2017-2018 on Sunday, Nov. 12. Junior Nolan Hellickson and sophomore A.J. Jaffe posted second places finishes in the 125- and 141-weight classes, respectively. Senior Josef Johnson took third place in the 174-weight class. Senior Angus Cowell earned a sixth-place finishe in the heavyweight division, picking up five wins.

Scouting Harvard
At 4-1 on the season, Johnson is No. 20 in the latest "InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings" following four wins in Johnson City, N.Y. Cowell leads the Crimson with a 5-1 record, while Hellickson, and Jaffe are right behind him posting a 4-1 record, including two pins early in the year. Senior captain Kanon Dean has posted a 3-2 record, with a major decision against Bucknell, and a technical fall against Oswego.

Scouting the Field
Twelve schools along the east coast will compete in the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday. Amongst the student-athletes competing will be wrestlers from EIWA foes, Drexel, Franklin & Marshall, Sacred Heart, and host Penn, will be in attendance.

Oh Captain, My Captain
Harvard wrestling will be led by two captains this season: seniors Josef Johnson, and Kanon Dean. It is Johnson's second season leading the Crimson, while Dean is in his first season as a captain.

Succeeding in the Classroom
For the fourth time in five years, the Harvard wrestling program was acknowledged by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for its tremendous academic success. The Crimson posted the highest grade-point average in the nation, while four wrestlers earned All-Academic individual honors.

Full Announcement: Wrestling Posts Highest GPA in the Nation

The Class of 2021
Harvard wrestling welcomes seven newcomers for the 2017-18 campaign: Cole BatemanEvan CallahanRichard MartinezLukus StrickerTrevor TarsiCliffton Wang, and Brock Wilson. The incoming class hails from five different states, and will compete in seven separate weight classes.

Full Announcement: Wrestling Announces Incoming Class of 2021

At the Helm
Jay Weiss is in his 24th 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.  

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
Harvard returns to the mat on Dec. 1 with the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.