CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling is set to make its 2018-19 home debut on Saturday inside Malkin Athletic Center against Bucknell and Franklin & Marshall. The Crimson (0-2; 0-0 EIWA) will face the Bison (2-5; 0-2) at noon and returns to play host to the Diplomats (2-1; 0-0) at 5 p.m.
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- Harvard is back on campus after a trip to Stanford last week where it faced No. 22 Utah Valley and the Cardinal in a doubleheader. The Crimson is looking to rebound on Saturday after it dropped both matches in their first dual action of the season.
- The Crimson took four matches against the Wolverines, but dropped a 27-16 decision last Saturday. Nolan Hellickson (125 pounds) and Hunter Ladnier (157) recorded their team-leading second technical falls of the season with Leonardo Tarantino (174) winning for the sixth time in his last eight outings. Brock Wilson (149), meanwhile, won at 149 pounds.
- Hellickson won by forfeit in the clash with Stanford (L, 26-12) and was the lone Crimson wrestler to post a 2-0 record last week. The senior has 10 victories on the season, tied for third on the team with Lukus Stricker, and puts his all-time record at 45-28. The 45 wins are the second most among active Harvard wrestlers behind Ladnier's 54.
- The Crimson will look to break a series deadlock with Bucknell. In seven all-time get-togethers, each school has won three times and wrestled to a draw in 2007. Harvard will be in search of its first win over the Bison since a 26-21 road decision in 2016.
- Harvard has been on the winning side of the last nine matches with Franklin & Marshall to take a 15-13 all-time series lead. In last year's meeting, the Crimson earned a 30-6 road victory.
- Former NCAA champion Jesse Jantzen '04 will be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame, as announced on Monday by the HVC. Jantzen, who won the 2004 NCAA title and was named the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Wrestler, is one 11 former student-athletes who will be inducted on Oct. 5.
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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.
Harvard will make its second home appearance in as many weeks next Saturday when it welcomes fellow EIWA members Binghamton and Cornell to Malkin Athletic Center. The Bearcat contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start and will be followed at 6 p.m. by the Big Red-Crimson match. Both will air on ESPN+.