The Crimson edges Cardinals in near falls to claim victory (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming down to the fourth tie-breaking criteria, the Harvard (1-0) wrestling team earned its first dual win of the season with a 21-20 victory over Stanford on Saturday evening.
Stanford jumped out to quick 3-0 lead. Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) dropped a 10-5 decision to the Cardinals' Gabriel Townsell. The lead was short-lived as fellow junior Samuel Goldman evened up the match with a 10-3 decision of his own over Anthony Le, setting the tone for a dynamic match at 141.
Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) built a commanding lead in the third period, but just before time drained off the clock he was able to get both shoulders on Isaiah Locsin on the mat for the fall, giving the Crimson the six points for the 9-3 advantage.
Fellow sophomore Hunter Ladnier (149) had a dominating performance against the Cardinals' Jake Barry. Ladnier earned his second technical fall of the season blanking Barry, 17-0 to increase the lead to 14-3.
After Stanford took the 157 bout, senior Tyler Tarsi added another three points for the Crimson, battled Dominick Mandarino to an 8-3 decision. Senior captain Kanon Dean (184) posted a 10-5 decision against Judah Duhm to increase the Harvard lead to 20-14.
Stanford won the 197 and 285 bouts to tie the score at 20-20. Tie-breaking protocol went all the way down to the fourth criteria, which the Crimson came out on top 12-4 to earn the win.
- Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) posted his fourth fall of season and eighth of his career.
- Senior Kanon Dean (184) climbed to 16 wins on the season with a 10-5 decision.
- Sophomore Hunter Ladnier (149) earned his second technical fall of the season.
Harvard returns to the Malkin Athletic Center mats tomorrow at noon against Maryland. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.