Wrestling Opens Dual Season in Bay Area vs. Stanford, Utah Valley

Harvard heads west to face Stanford and Utah Valley in Northern California.
Harvard heads west to face Stanford and Utah Valley in Northern California.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling moves forward with its season on Saturday and begins its dual campaign on the road at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion & Ford Center. The Crimson will face 22nd-ranked Utah Valley at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT in a neutral-site contest at Stanford before sharing the mat with the Cardinal at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

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What to Know

  • Harvard enters the 2018-19 dual-match season having won its last three outings, dating back to last year. The Crimson ended the 2017-18 campaign by going on the road and defeating Brown, Columbia and Hofstra.
  • Harvard opened the '17-18 dual season by downing the Cardinal, 21-20, at Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson has won three of the last four meetings with Stanford, including the last two (2013, 2018), and owns a 4-3 all-time record vs. the Bay Area school. The trip to Stanford is Harvard's first since 1999, when it earned a 22-12 victory.
  • The Crimson will meet a Utah Valley team ranked No. 22 in the latest InterMat top-25 poll. Harvard is 1-2 all-time vs. the Wolverines with the one victory coming in 2006. The meeting on Saturday is the first between the schools since 2010.
  • Hunter Ladnier is coming off a strong performance last week at the David H. Lehman Franklin & Marshall Open. The team tri-captain made his way through the bracket at 157 pounds and advanced to the title match, but fell short of winning the championship. Ladnier currently leads the team with 16 victories, including six in his last nine matches.
  • Lukus Stricker and Leonardo Tarantino will head west on a bit of a hot streak. Stricker, competing at 133 pounds, went 5-1 last week en route to a fifth-place finish. Tarantino (174 pounds), meanwhile, produced a third-place effort at the F&M Open and is 5-2 in his last seven outings.

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 will wrestle at home for the first time on Jan. 19, when it welcomes Bucknell and Franklin & Marshall to Malkin Athletic Center. The match against Bucknell is set for noon with the F&M contest set for 5 p.m. Both tilts will air on ESPN+.