CLEVELAND – Harvard wrestling wrapped up the 2017-18 season in front of 18,000 fans at the NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon. Senior captain Josef Johnson fell to South Dakota State's David Kocer via a major decision in the consolation round of eight.
Johnson advanced to the consolation round of eight after defeating No. 14 Yoanse Mejias from Oklahoma in sudden victory. Following a scoreless first period, the Piscataway, N.J. native picked up the first points with an escape to begin the second. Mejias came back to tie the score in the third, but Johnson was able to pull out the win in sudden victory.
"It's been an honor to sit in Josef's corner," says The David G. Brunning '88 Head Coach of Harvard Wrestling Jay Weiss. "He's done everything the right way since he stepped on campus, and has made his mark on the program with leaderships, work ethic, and friendship. I am extremely proud of everything he has done for the Harvard wrestling program."
Johnson finishes the season with a team-best 29-13 record, which included 24 decisions. The Crimson's two-time captain capped off an outstanding career with 91 wins and three appearances in the NCAA Championship Tournament.