CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard wrestling team is set to compete at the EIWA Championships, which are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, at Binghamton University Events Center.
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What to Know
- Harvard will return to action this week for the first time since its Senior Night home match against Brown back on Feb. 21. The Crimson dropped a 25-12 decision to the Bears.
- Harvard opened its contest with Brown by winning the first three matches. Lukus Stricker was a 10-4 winner by decision at 133 pounds, Ryan Friedman earned a 7-5 decision at 141, and Brock Wilson made it three consecutive decisions with his 5-2 effort at 149. Joshua Kim was the Crimson's only other winner, defeating AJ Pedro by decision, 8-5, in the 174-pound weight class.
- Hunter Ladnier, who did not wrestle against Brown, comes into the Championships having won four consecutive matches. He has not been on the wrong side of a score since Jan. 19, vs. Bucknell.
- With Stricker and Friedman's victories over Brown, the two carry two-match winning streaks into Binghamton University Events Center.
- The tournament pre-seeds are as follows and are subject to change: 133 pounds: No. 9 Lukus Stricker; 141 pounds: T-No. 12 Ryan Friedman; 149 pounds: No. 11 Brock Wilson; 157 pounds: No. 6 Hunter Ladnier; 165 pounds: No. 11 Tyler Tarsi; 174 pounds: No. 13 Joshua Kim.
- A year ago, Josef Johnson earned his third trip to the NCAA Championships when he finished in fifth place in the 174-pound weight class at the EIWA tournament. Ladnier, meanwhile, fell one victory short of securing an NCAA spot. As a team, Harvard came in 11th place with 49.5 points.
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.