Wrestling Grabs Second Win of the Day with Convincing Win over Hofstra

Five Crimson wrestlers move on to the second day of the EIWA Championship (Gil Talbot).
Five Crimson wrestlers move on to the second day of the EIWA Championship (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson improves to 6-4 on the season with a commanding 25-9 win over Hofstra (Gil Talbot).

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Closing out the regular season, the Harvard wrestling team improved to 6-4, including 4-4 in EIWA action with a commanding 25-9 victory over Hofstra (9-11, 2-9 EIWA) on Saturday.

The Crimson began the day winning eight straight bouts, beginning with a major decision (12-0) from junior Nolan Hellickson (125). Fellow junior Ryan Friedman (133) picked up his second win of the day, edging out Garrett Lambert in a 2-0 decision.

Sophomores A.J. Jaffe (141) and Hunter Ladnier (149) continued to exhibit dominance on the mats with back-to-back wins. Jaffe earned an 8-2 decision over Hofstra's Vinny Vespa, while Ladnier pulled out a 6-2 decision over Ryan Burkert.

At 165 pounds, senior Tyler Tarsi notched his second win of the day with a sudden victory, 6-4, over Ricky Stamm in the first overtime period. Senior captains Josef Johnson (174) and Kanon Dean (184) rounded out the Crimson's eight wins. Johnson grabbed a 7-3 decision over Sage Heller, while Dean edged out Cory Damiana, 8-6. 

Results: Harvard 25, Hofstra 9
125: Nolan Hellickson (HARV) over Jacob Martin (HOFS) (MD 12-0)
133: Ryan Friedman (HARV) over Garrett Lambert (HOFS) (Dec 2-0)
141: A.J. Jaffe (HARV) over Vinny Vespa (HOFS) (Dec 8-2)
149: Hunter Ladnier (HARV) over Ryan Burkert (HOFS) (Dec 6-2)
157: Brock Wilson (HARV) over Connor Muli (HOFS) (Dec 7-0)
165: Tyler Tarsi (HARV) over Ricky Stamm (HOFS) (SV-1 6-4)
174: Josef Johnson (HARV) over Sage Heller (HOFS) (Dec 7-3)
184: Kanon Dean (HARV) over Cory Damiana (HOFS) (Dec 8-6)
197: Nezar Haddad (HOFS) over Rico Stormer (HARV) (Dec 7-5)
285: Michael Hughes (HOFS) over Angus Cowell (HARV) (Fall 1:34) 

What's Next
Harvard returns to the mats with the two-day, EIWA Championships in Hempstead, N.Y. beginning on March 3.