PHILADELPHIA – Harvard wrestling first-year Philip Conigliaro won the 165-pound weight class for the second time in as many events on Sunday at the 24th annual Keystone Classic at The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A native of Dedham, Massachusetts, Conigliaro won all four of his bouts by decision. The first-year opened with an 11-5 score against Rider's Joe Casey before earning a 9-4 victory over Penn's Jake Lizak in the quarterfinals. Conigliaro dispatched William Formato of Appalachian State by an identical 9-4 effort, setting up a championship showdown with 16th-ranked Ebed Jarrell of Drexel. Both grapplers were unable to score in the early going, but Conigliaro earned two points late in the first period and never looked back en route to an 8-1 performance.
Conigliaro is now 8-0 on the season, two weeks after capturing gold at the Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open in Vestal, New York.
First-year Beau Bayless was impressive for the second straight tournament, capturing third place at 125 pounds. Hailing from Greenville, Pennsylvania, Bayless dismissed Alex Salas of Drexel and Penn's Blair Orr by 6-1 and 10-3 decisions, respectively. Bayless experienced a 6-1 setback to No. 11 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) in the semifinals, but rebounded to defeat Sean Carter of Appalachian State, 5-2. The bronze-medal effort occurred 14 days after he came up short in the third-place match at the Bearcat Open.
Another first-year, Yaraslau Slavikouski, secured a bronze medal in the 285-pound weight division. The 23rd-ranked wrestler in the country, according to FloWrestling, Slavikouski opened with an 8-1 victory over Penn's Nathan Hoaglund in the round of 16 and emerged on the winning side of a 5-2 quarterfinal decision over Sean O'Malley (Drexel). Slavikouski was edged by Virginia's Quinn Miller in the semis, 2-0, only to bounce back with a 4-2 performance against Vincenzo Pelusi of Franklin & Marshall. Then in the third-place match, the first-year drew O'Malley once again and won again, this time by decision, 8-4. Slavikouski now has a runner-up (Bearcat Open) and third-place showing to his credit.
- Bayless, who went 4-1 at the Keystone Classic, is now 7-3 on the season. Slavikouski, meanwhile, is 7-2 after his 4-1 Keystone performance.
- First-year Michael Jaffe finished in fourth place of the 133-pound weight class. Jaffe picked up a 12-4 major decision over No. 24 Codi Russell of Appalachian State in the consolation semifinals before falling to Richie Koehler of Rider (Dec. 13-8). He has two fourth-place efforts through his first two collegiate tournaments.
- Aaron Kruk (149 pounds) picked up two victories on the day, defeating Hunter Adams of Sacred Heart by a 6-2 decision and pinning Adams' teammate, Richard Aldarondo (2:12). The win by fall was the senior's first of his career.
- Harvard finished in seventh place as a team, earning 66 points, in the 10-team field.
Round of 16 – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Alex Salas (Drexel), Dec. 6-1
Quarterfinals – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Blair Orr (Penn), Dec. 10-3
Semifinals – No. 11 Michael Colaiocco (Penn) over Beau Bayless (Harvard), Dec. 6-1
Consolation Semifinals – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Jose Diaz (Franklin & Marshall), Dec. 8-3
Third Place – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Sean Carter (Appalachian State), Dec. 5-2
Round of 16 – Bye
Quarterfinals – Michael Jaffe (Harvard) over Deandre Swinson-Barr (Appalachian State) Dec. 5-2
Semifinals – Louis Hayes (Virginia) over Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Dec. 10-7
Consolation Semifinals – Michael Jaffe (Harvard) over No. 24 Codi Russell (Appalachian State), Maj. Dec. 12-4
Third Place – Richie Koehler (Rider) over Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Dec. 13-8
Round of 32 – Bye
Round of 16 – Lukus Stricker (Harvard) over Sean Coakley (Franklin & Marshall), Maj. Dec. 14-4
Quarterfinals – A.J. Vindici (Penn) over Lukus Stricker (Harvard), Fall 3:41
Consolation Round of 8 – Dawson Bates (Appalachian State) over Lukus Stricker (Harvard), Dec. 8-2
Round of 32 – Nick Palumbo (Sacred Heart) over Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Dec. 3-1
Consolation Round of 16 – Aaron Kruk (Harvard) over Hunter Adams (Sacred Heart), Dec. 6-2
Consolation Round of 8 – Aaron Kruk (Harvard) over Richard Aldarondo (Sacred Heart), Fall 2:12
Consolation Round of 8 – Vince Foggia (Drexel) over Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Dec. 4-3
Round of 16 – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over Joe Casey (Rider), Dec. 11-5
Quarterfinals – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over Jake Lizak (Penn), Dec. 9-4
Semifinals – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over William Formato (Appalachian State), Dec. 9-4
Finals – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over No. 16 Ebed Jarrell (Drexel), Dec. 8-1
Round of 32 – Bye
Round of 16 – Mike Doggett (Harvard) over Geoff Magin (Franklin & Marshall), Dec. 4-3
Quarterfinals – Jesse Quatse (Penn) over Mike Doggett (Harvard), Dec. 3-1
Consolation Round of 8 – John Stout (Penn) over Mike Doggett (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 13-4
Round of 32 – Bye
Round of 16 – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Nathan Hoaglund (Penn), Dec. 8-1
Quarterfinals – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Sean O'Malley (Drexel), Dec. 5-2
Semifinals – Quinn Miller (Virginia) over Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard), Dec. 2-0
Consolation Semifinals – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Vincenzo Pelusi (Franklin & Marshall), Dec. 4-2
Third Place – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Sean O'Malley (Drexel), Dec. 8-4
Harvard returns to action Dec. 6-7, when it competes at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada.