CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Trailing by 12 points midway through the match, the Harvard wrestling team won four straight matches to defeat Maryland, 22-21, on Sunday afternoon. The Crimson improve to 2-0 in dual matches this season.
Junior Peter Bearse (165) kept the Crimson in the match battling to Brandan Burnham to a 7-5 decision to cut the Terrapin lead to 17-8 and swing momentum towards Harvard. Senior captain Josef Johnson (174) pulled the Crimson seven points closer with a dominating, 27-7, technical fall against Jahi Jones.
With momentum on the side the Crimson, senior captain Kanon Dean powered himself to an 11-5 decision over Niko Cappello to cut the Terrapin lead to one, 17-16. Senior Logan Kirby gave Harvard its first lead since junior Samuel Goldman's technical fall win at 133 pinning Mansur Abdul-Malik at 1:11.
Coming down to the final match of the day, senior Angus Cowell (285) challenged the No. 6 wrestler in weight class, Youssif Hemida. Although Hemida recorded the 9-1 major decision, Harvard was able to hang on for the one-point victory.
- Senor Kanon Dean's (184) 11-5 decision earned him his sixth win in his last seven matches to improve to 17-6 on the season.
- Junior Peter Bearse (165) picked up his first win of the year with a 7-5 decision against Brendan Burnham, igniting a 4-0 Crimson run.
- Senior Logan Kirby (197) recorded his first fall of the season, pinning Mansur Abdul-Malik at 1:11.
- Harvard trailed 17-5 after the 157 before winning four straight matches to take the 22-17 lead.
Harvard opens EIWA action on Friday, Jan. 19 in Lewisburg, Pa. against Bucknell, Pa. at 7 p.m.