Wrestling Nets Pair of Third-Place Finishes at Keystone Classic

Hunter Ladnier was one of two Harvard wrestlers to finish in third place at the Keystone Classic.
Hunter Ladnier was one of two Harvard wrestlers to finish in third place at the Keystone Classic.

Complete Results

PHILADEPHIA – Harvard wrestling posted a strong effort in its second meet of the year on Sunday, recording a pair of third-place finishes at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. Hunter Ladnier and Joshua Kim took third at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively. 

Ladnier, a junior, opened his morning by dismissing Bo Pipher of Penn State with a 4-1 decision to move onto the quarterfinals where he defeated Penn's Joe Oliva, also by decision, 5-4. As the morning turned to afternoon, Ladnier was slowed temporarily, dropping a 6-5 decision to Evan Barczak of Drexel. The team tri-captain, however, answered by beating Pipher for a second time by decision (4-0), sending Ladnier to the third-place match. The Rocky River, Ohio native completed his day with a victory by way of an 11-6 decision over Jon Errico of Penn.

Kim, meanwhile, enjoyed his second straight successful showing in just his second meet of his career. The first-year pinned AJ Geers of Penn at 1:21 in the round of 16 and then earned a 7-1 decision in his bout with Joe Accousti of Appalachian State. Misfortune awaited in the semifinals as he was pinned by Vincenzo Joseph (2:31), but the Corona, Calif., product came back to the mat to win by decision (13-6) in a match with Appalachian State's Micheal Elliott. Then as the tournament wrapped up late Sunday night, Kim earned a 3-2 decision against Evan Deluise of Penn.

Clifton Wang narrowly missed joining Ladnier and Kim in the third-place column, but the sophomore was on the short end of an 8-0 major decision against Duke's 184-pounder Kaden Russell. Hailing from Scarsdale, N.Y., Wang opened with a decision (4-2) over Michael Fagg-Daves of Rider, fell in the semifinals, but answered with a victory by decision (6-5) in his match with Penn State's Franny Bisono, setting up the showdown with Russell. 

Harvard Highlights

  • Ladnier recorded his best individual finish of the season (third) one week after coming in a tie for fourth place at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Binghamton, N.Y.
  • Kim has a pair of top-5 performances in as many meets to open his Harvard career. The freshman finished in fourth place last week.
  • Nolan Hellickson advanced to the semifinals of the 125-pound weight class, defeating Justin Lopez of Penn State by major decision (9-0) and Appalachian State's Andy Richard by decision, 4-3. The senior dropped his consolation semifinal match, but was the beneficiary of a forfeit to finish in fifth place.
  • Lukus Stricker took sixth place at 133 pounds. The sophomore won his quarterfinal contest vs. Herb Edwards of Rider by decision, 3-0.
  • Evan Callahan was a sixth-place finisher while competing at 285 pounds. The sophomore from Bethlehem, Pa., fell in the quarterfinal round, but then rebounded to defeat Trey Momon of VMI by decision, 7-4, in the consolation round.

Next Up

The Crimson will break for the Thanksgiving holiday, but return to action on Nov. 30, for the two-day Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.