LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Competing in one of its toughest meets of the season, the Harvard wrestling team had a strong showing at the Cliff Keen Las Vega Invitational on Saturday. Three members of the Crimson, including senior captains Kanon Dean and Josef Johnson advanced to the round of 16 of their respective weight classes.
Johnson, who entered the day ranked No. 19 in the latest Intermat rankings, opened with a 9-3 decision over North Colorado's Seth Bogulski. After falling to Michigan's Myles Amine by a 7-0 decision, Johnson still advanced to the final eight in the consolation round. He made quick work of Drexel's Austin Rose following an 11-3 decision, before edging out California Baptsit's Nolan Kistler with a 5-3 deicsion. However, Navy's Jadaden Bernstain got the best of Johnson with an 8-3 decision.
In the 184-weight class, Dean began his day with a 7-3 decision over Fresno State's Angel Solis, before taking down Eastern Michigan's Kayne MacCullum via a 5-2 decision en route to the round of 16.
Sophomore Hunter Ladnier was the third member of the Crimson to advance to the round of 16 in Las Vegas. Ladnier, who entered the weekend with a 6-3 weekend, opened the day with an 11-9 decision over Utah Valley's Matt Ontiveros in the round of 32, but fell to North Carolina's Troy Heilmann by a 6-0 decision.
Other Harvard Wrestlers
- Freshman Brock Willson advanced to the consolation round of 16 with a 17-5 major decision against Utah Valley's Landon Knutzen in the 157-weight class.
- Sophomore A.J. Jaffe gave North Carolin'as A.C. Headlee a battle in the consolation round of the 141-weight class, before falling by an 11-10 decison.
Harvard returns to the mats at the end of December with the two-day, Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill.