Wrestling Dominates Brown in Downtown Showdown

Sophomore A.J. Jaffe leads Harvard to 21-12 win over Brown (David Silverman/
Sophomore A.J. Jaffe leads Harvard to 21-12 win over Brown (David Silverman/
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Sophomore A.J. Jaffe leads Harvard to 21-12 win over Brown (David Silverman/

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Competing in the Downtown Showdown at the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Harvard wrestling team (4-4, 2-4, 1-3 Ivy) snapped a three-match skid with a commanding 21-12 win over Ivy League foe Brown (4-6, 4-3 EIWA, 2-2 Ivy) on Thursday evening.

Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) set the tone of the match, earning his fifth win in his last six bouts, following a 3-1 decision over Brown's Donald Keeley. Fellow junior Ryan Friedman (133) gave the Crimson a 6-0 advantage with a tight, 9-4 decision over Hunter Kosco.  

The Crimson was just getting started. At 141 pounds, sophomore A.J. Jaffe picked up his 19th win of the year, and second technical fall of the season with a dominating performance against Ezekial Salvo. Classmate, Hunter Ladnier (149) gave the Crimson a 15-0 lead posting an 11-3 major decision over the Bears' Zach Krause.

Brown finally put points on the scoreboard with a decision at 157, but the match belonged to Harvard. Senior Tyler Tarsi (165) battled Jonathan Viruet to a 5-3 decision, before senior captain Josef Johnson (174) put the match out of reach, edging out Bryce Rogers in sudden victory, 3-1.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) has won five of his last six bouts following a 3-1 decision over Donald Keeley.
  • Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) posted his 19th win of the year with a 21-3 technical fall over Ezekial Salvo.
  • Senior captain Josef Johnson (174) earned his, team-leading, 22nd win of the season defeating Bryce Rogers in sudden victory, 3-1.

Brown vs. Harvard Results                                                                                                           
125         Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) def. Donald Keeley (Brown) Decision  3-1                               
133         Ryan Friedman (Harvard) def. Hunter Kosco (Brown) Decision 9-4                               
141         Alexander Jaffe (Harvard) def. Ezekiel Salvo (Brown) Tech Fall 21-3 (6:26)                        
149         Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Zach Krause (Brown) Major Decision 11-3                      
157         Justin Staudenmayer (Brown) def Brock Wilson (Harvard) Decision 3-0                       
165         Tyler Tarsi (Harvard) def. Jonathan Viruet (Brown) Decision 5-3              
174         Josef Johnson (Harvard) def. Bryce Rogers (Brown) Decision 3-1 (SV)                            
184         Christian LaFragola (Brown) def Kanon Dean (Harvard) Decision 5-3                                    
197         Tucker Ziegler (Brown) vs. Clifton Wang (Harvard) Decision 7-2                                 
285         Ian Butterbrodt (Brown) vs. Angus Cowell (Harvard) Decision 3-1 (SV)                           

What's Next
Harvard returns to the mats on Saturday Feb. 17 in New York, N.Y. to face Columbia and Hofstra, beginning at 1 p.m.