Wrestling Bound for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Wrestling Bound for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling travels west to compete at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, which is set for Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The action on both days will get underway at noon ET/9 a.m. PT.

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What to Know

  • Harvard is one of 42 teams from across the country set to visit The Silver State after taking last week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Crimson was last in action on Nov. 18, at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Hunter Ladnier (157 pounds) and Joshua Kim (165 pounds) are off to fast starts as both have posted top-5 efforts in the first two tournaments of the season. Ladnier has a tied-for-fourth- and third-place finish under his belt, while Kim has a fourth- and third-place performance to his credit entering this week's action.
  • Outside of the aforementioned duo, Harvard enjoyed its most balanced effort of the year at the Keystone Classic. The Crimson had six wrestlers overall post top-6 finishes, including a pair (Cliffton Wang, Nolan Hellickson) that were among the top five in their weight class.
  • Wang, like Ladnier and Kim, advanced to the third-place match at 184 pounds, but was on the short end of a major decision to come in fourth. Hellickson, meanwhile, finished in fifth place at 125 and picked up two wins in the process. Lukus Stricker (133 pounds) and Evan Callahan (285 pounds) were sixth-place finishers.
  • Ladnier leads the team in victories with nine in 11 tries. Kim ranks second, having won seven of his 10 matches. Hellickson and Trevor Tarsi are tied for third with four wins apiece.

At The Helm

Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 25th season at the helm of the program. The two-time EIWA Coach of the Year has a long history of coaching excellence on the mat and in classroom. Weiss has coached a pair of national champions, 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans, while guiding his squad to the nation's top GPA in five of the last six years, including the last three seasons.

Next Up

Harvard returns to action at the end of December when it travels to Hoffman Estates, Ill., when it competes at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships (Dec. 29-30).