Wrestling Returns to the Mats Friday with the 55th Midlands Tournament

Wrestling Returns to the Mats Friday with the 55th Midlands Tournament

The sophomore class has combined for 17 of the Crimson's 62 wins on the year. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Closing out the 2017 calendar year, wrestling returns to the mats at the two-day Midlands Tournament, hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., beginning on Friday, Dec. 29. Action gets underway at 9:30 a.m.

Last Time Out
Three Crimson wrestlers, including seniors Kanon Dean and Josef Johnson, advanced to the round of 16 of their respective weight classes at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in early December. Johnson began the tournament with a 9-3 decision over North Colorado's Seth Bogulski, before falling to Michigan's Myles Amine in a 7-0 decision. But the New Jersey native advanced to the final eight in the consolation round with decisions over Drexel's Austin Rose, and California Baptist's Nolan Kistler.

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Scouting Harvard
Harvard has posted 62 wins with 10 pins over three tournaments, led by a 9-4 mark from senior Josef Johnson, who is ranked No. 20 in the latest Intermat rankings. The sophomore class has combined for a quarter of the program's wins, tallying 17 on the year: A.J. Jaffe (8), Hunter Ladnier (7), and Donovan Doyle (2). Eight wrestlers have recorded a pin on the season, with Ladnier and freshman Brock Wilson leading with two on the season.

Scouting the Field
Wrestlers from 24 institutions, including EIWA foes Brown, Princeton, and Penn, will participate in the 55th Midlands Tournament on Dec. 29 and 30. Amongst the 57 ranked individuals competing is Arizona State's Zahid Valencia, who is ranked No. 1 in the 174-weight class. Action begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning, with the second session starting at 7 p.m. that evening. The third session opens Saturday with the semifinal consolation, and seventh place matches at noon, before the first, third, and fifth place matches in the final session at 7 p.m.

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.

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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.

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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
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What's Next?
Harvard returns in 2018 with the Franklin & Marshall Open on Jan. 6. in Lancaster, Pa.