Wrestling Set To Face Brown in Downtown Showdown on Thursday Evening

Live Results
Last meeting

Harvard vs. Brown
Feb. 8, 2018
6:30 p.m.
PPAC | Providence, R.I.
 Harvard leads, 56-31-2
L, 12-23 (Feb. 10, 2017)
L 1


The Crimson returns on Thursday evening against Brown in Providence (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team returns to the mats for Thursday night's Downtown Showdown against Brown at 6:30 p.m. at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). The match will be broadcast on TheGNAC.TV. 

Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off back-to-back losses against Princeton and Penn on Saturday, Feb. 3. Senior captain Josef Johnson (174), junior Nolan Hellickson (125), and sophomore A.J. Jaffe each picked up two wins on the day for the Crimson. Against the Quakers, Jaffe recorded his, team-leading, fifth pin of the season against Jake Lizak. At 174 pounds, Johnson earned a 9-3 decision over Princeton's Matthew Gancayco, before edging out Penn's Brian Krasowski with a 3-1 decision in the night cap.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (3-4, 1-4 EIWA, 0-3 Ivy) has combined for 158 wins with 25 pins, led by 21 from senior captain Josef Johnson (174). Johnson has posted a 21-8 mark on the season, while fellow senior captain Kanon Dean (184) is right behind him with a 19-12 record. Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) has an 18-8 record and is tied with freshman Brock Wilson (157) with five pins. 

Scouting Brown
Brown (4-5, 4-2, EIWA, 2-1 Ivy) has amassed 204 wins with 26 pins on the season. Senior Justin Staudenmayer (157) leads the Bears with a 19-9 record, while junior Jon Viruet (165) has a 15-11 mark on the year. Freshmen Hunter Kosco (133) and Bryce Rogers (174) share the team-lead with four pins.

About The Downtown Showdown
Taking place at the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Downtown Showdown will feature two matches: Harvard vs. Brown, and in-state rivals, Johnson & Wales (RI) vs. Roger Williams. Once the starting weight class has been determined, Johnson & Wales and Roger Williams will wrestle first, before Harvard and Brown will began at the same weight class. This will be done until all 10 weight classes have been contested.

Admission will be free for students with their Harvard I.D. 

Projected Lineups

Weight Harvard Brown
125 Nolan Hellickson (15-7) Trey Keeley (10-15)
133 Ryan Friedman (6-12) | Samuel Goldman (4-3)  Hunter Kosco (11-10)
141 A.J. Jaffe (18-8) | Trevor Tarsi (3-9) Zeke Salvo (8-9) | Jimmy Pawelski (8-14)
149 Hunter Ladnier (11-10)  Zach Krause (14-12) | Charlie Banaszak (7-2)
157 Brock Wilson (12-13)  Justin Staudenmayer (19-9)
165 Tyler Tarsi (8-10)  Jon Viruet (15-11) | Christian LaBrie (6-2)
174 Josef Johnson (21-8)  Bryce Rogers (13-13) | A.J. Pedro (10-7)
184 Kanon Dean (19-12)  C.J. LaFragola (12-7)
197 Logan Kirby (4-4) | Clifton Wang (2-2)  Tucker Ziegler (12-11) | Austin Pfarr (6-8)
285 Angus Cowell (10-11)  Ian Butterbodt (14-11)

Sophomore Success
The class of 2020 has combined for a fifth of Harvard's wins this season, notching 32, including seven pins. Jaffe (141) leads the class with 18 wins and five pins, while Hunter Ladnier (149) has 11. Donovan Doyle also has three wins at 184 and 197 pounds.

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. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app!  

What's Next?
Harvard returns to the mats on the road on Saturday, Feb. 17 on the road against Columbia and Hofstra, beginning at 1 p.m.