CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestled for the first time this season at home on Saturday and suffered a 35-3 loss to Bucknell. The Crimson fell to 0-3 (0-1 EIWA) on the year, while the Bison moved to 3-5 (1-2 EIWA).
Harvard, despite the score, found itself in a number of matches, losing three contests by one point. Nolan Hellickson (125 pounds) and Lukus Stricker (133) were on the short side of 5-4 decisions in each of their matches to start the day.
The Crimson, which dropped the next two bouts, nearly scored an upset with Hunter Ladnier leading the charge at 157 pounds. The team tri-captain enjoyed a 4-1 lead over No. 8 Zach Hartman, but was unable to hold on, getting pinned at 6:32.
Two matches later, Leo Tarantino got Harvard on the scoreboard with his victory in tie-breaker fashion, 5-3. The 174-pounder and Bucknell's Frankie Guida, Jr., spent the early portion of the match sizing each other up and were tied at the end of three frames. Then with three seconds left in the tiebreaker, the first-year earned two points to take the lead and earn the win.
- Tarantino earned his seventh win of the season to bring him within one victory of entering the team's top-5 list. Cliffton Wang is fifth with eight wins in 2018-19.
- Tarantino improved to 7-2 in his last nine matches and is 2-1 in duals.
- Wang nearly picked up a win at 184 pounds, but could not even the score, eventually losing to Kyle Inlander, 1-0.
Bucknell 35, Harvard 3
Malkin Athletic Center; Cambridge, Mass.
125: Jakob Campbell (BUCK) over Nolan Hellickson (HARV), Dec. 5-4
133: David Campbell (BUCK) over Lukus Stricker (HARV), Dec. 5-4
141: Joey Gould (BUCK) over Ryan Friedman (HARV), Dec. 8-2
149: Matthew Kolonia (BUCK) over Brock Wilson (HARV), Dec. 6-0
157: No. 8 Zach Hartman (BUCK) over Hunter Ladnier (HARV), Fall 6:32
165: D.J. Hollingshead (BUCK) over Joshua Kim (HARV), Dec. 8-3
174: Leo Tarantino (HARV) over Frankie Guida, Jr. (BUCK), TB-1 5-3
184: Kyle Inlander (BUCK) over Cliffton Wang (HARV), Dec. 1-0
197: Drew Phipps (BUCK) over Cole Bateman (HARV), TF 16-1 (7:00)
285: Brandon Stokes (BUCK) over Evan Callahan (HARV), Fall 5:39
Harvard returns to Malkin Athletic Center later today to face Franklin & Marshall at 5 p.m. The match will air on ESPN+.