Wrestling Prepares For 114th EIWA Championship This Weekend

Harvard is set to travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Keystone Classic.
Harvard is set to travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Keystone Classic.


Last season's finish

Harvard at EIWA Championship
Mar. 3-4, 2018
All Day
David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex | Hempstead, N.Y.

The Crimson prepares for the EIWA Championships in Hempstead, N.Y. (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling returns to the mats this weekend for the 114th edition of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships beginning on Saturday, March 3.

Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off back-to-back wins over Columbia and Hofstra on Saturday, Feb. 17. Juniors Nolan Hellickson (125) and Ryan Friedman (133) earned a pair of decisions over Columbia to propel Harvard to the 18-13, comeback victory. Hellickson picked up his second win of the day with a major decision against Hofstra's Jacob Martin, while Friedman edged out the Pride's Garrett Lambert with a 2-0 decision at 133 pounds.

Scouting Harvard
Harvard (6-4, 4-4 EIWA, 2-3 Ivy) has combined for 178 wins with 25 pins, led by 23-9 mark from senior captain Josef Johnson (174). Fellow senior captain Kanon Dean (184) and sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) are right behind with 21 wins. Jaffe won eight of his last 10 bouts, which include three pins, one technical, one major decision, and four decisions. Junior Nolan Hellickson (125) has come out on the winning side in his last five matches.

About The Tournament
The EIWA Championship Tournament is the nation's oldest college wrestling tournament, and serves as a qualifier for the NCAA Championship Tournament at the end of March. The tournament is the last opportunity for wrestlers, not receiving automatic qualifying bids, to make their case for the handful of at-large bids.

Event Schedule
Saturday, March 3
Session 1
11 a.m.: Championship First Round
2:15 p.m.: First Round Wrestleback

Session 2
6 p.m.: Championship Quarterfinals
7:30 p.m.: Wrestleback Quarterfinals

Sunday, March 4
Session 1
10 a.m.: Semifinals
11:45 a.m.: Wrestleback Semifinals
12:35 p.m.: 7th – place Matches

Session 2
3 p.m.: Finals

Projected Lineup
125      Nolan Hellickson
133      Ryan Friedman
141      No. 26/33 A.J. Jaffe
149      No. 33/NR Hunter Ladnier
157      Brock Wilson
165      Tyler Tarsi
174      No. 18/22 Josef Johnson
184      Kanon Dean
197      Rico Stormer
285      Angus Cowell
   * Rankings: NCAA RPI/NCAA Coaches Panel

NCAAs on the Horizon
A total number 283 automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament will be given out at conference tournaments around the country, including 47 from the EIWA. After all the bids are passed out, 47 at-large berths will remain. These bids will be determined by head-to-head competition, quality wins, coaches' ranking, results against common opponents, RPI, qualifying event placement, and winning percentage. The NCAA selection show will be March 6 at 6 p.m. 

In The Rankings
Senior captain Josef Johnson has appeared in the national rankings at 174 from multiple outlets. With 23 wins on the season, Johnson climbed to as high as No. 19 in the NCAA RPI, and currently, he is No. 22 in the NCAA Coaches Panel. Sophomore A.J. Jaffe (141) finds himself at No. 26 in the RPI and No. 33 in Coaches Panel, while classmate Hunter Ladnier is No. 33 in the RPI. 

Scouting the Field
Cornell earned the EIWA with an unblemished 8-0 mark, while capturing its 16th consecutive Ivy League regular season title with a 6-0 record. Harvard finished the season 4-4 in EIWA action, posting wins over Brown, Columbia, Franklin & Marshall, and Hofstra.

Looking Back
Harvard last won the EIWA Championship in 2001, and has had 22 student-athletes win their weight class at EIWAs. Last season, Hunter Ladnier became the first Harvard freshman to advance to the EIWA finals, since JP O'Connor '10. Ladnier finished second at 149 pounds to book his ticket to the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore Success
The class of 2020 has combined for a fifth of Harvard's wins this season, notching 38, including seven pins. Jaffe (141) leads the class with 21 wins and five pins, while Hunter Ladnier (149) has 14. 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
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