Wrestling's Conigliaro, Hellickson, Slavikouski Strong Showing on Day One at Midlands

Wrestling's Conigliaro, Hellickson, Slavikouski Strong Showing on Day One at Midlands

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – A trio of Harvard wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals on the first day of Ken Kraft Midlands Championship at the Sears Centre Arena on Saturday. Senior Nolan Hellickson (125) along with first-years Philip Conigliaro (165) and Yaraslau Slavikouski (285) all advanced to the round of eight in their respective weight classes.

Competing in his first match of the season, Hellickson began the day with a tight 5-3 decision over fellow Ivy League foe Joe Manchio of Columbia to advance to the round of 32. The Midwest native secured a spot in the quarterfinals following an 8-2 decision over Northern Iowa's Kyle Biscoglia. In the quarterfinals, Iowa's Spencer Lee got the better of Hellickson with a 16-1 technical fall.

Entering the Midland tournament with a 12-2 overall mark and ranked No. 19 in the nation, Conigliaro set the one tone early in the 165-pound weight class. The Dedham, Massachusetts native earned a 13-5 major decision over Princeton's Conor Melbourne before knocking off SIUE's Chase Diehl by a 6-1 decision to move on to the round of 16. Edging out North Carolina's Kennedy Monday by decision, 7-5, assure himself a spot in the quarterfinals. His pursuit of his third weight class championship this season came to an end following a pin against Iowa's Alex Marinelli. 

At 285 pounds, Slavikouski rounded out the three Crimson wrestlers to reach the quarterfinals. Slavikouski opened his day with a 6-2 decision over Buffalo's Greg Hodulick, before squeaking out a tight 8-7 decision over No. 13 Josh Hokit from Fresno State. In the evening session, Central Michigan's Matt Stencel best Slavikouski with a pin at 5:17.

The Crimson returns for day two tomorrow with the consolation rounds beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time / noon Central time.   

125 Pounds
Round of 64 – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Aaron Cushman (Iowa), Dec. 3-1 SV
Round of 32 – Pat Glory (Princeton) over Beau Bayless (Harvard), Fall 4-0, 3:50
Round of 32 – Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) over No. 18 Joe Manchio (Columbia), Dec. 5-3
Round of 16 – Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) over Kyle Biscoglia (Northern Iowa), Dec. 8-2
Quarterfinals – Spencer Lee (Iowa) over Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), Tech. Fall 16-1 3:32
Consolation Round of 16 – Beau Bayless (Harvard) over Tommy Dineen (SIUE), Maj. Dec. 8-0

133 Pounds
Round of 64 – Gregg West (Army) over Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 10-2
Consolation Round of 32 – Michael Jaffe (Harvard) over Angelo Rini (Columbia), Dec. 12-10 SV
Consolation Round of 16 – Michael Jaffe (Harvard) over Savion Haywood (Omega Training Center), MFF
Consolation Round – Michael Jaffe (Harvard) over Ty Agaisse (Princeton), Dec. 3-1 SV
Round of 32 – Brock Berglin (Central Michigan) over Dillon Murphy (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 10-0
Round of 16 – Dominic Dentino (Wisconsin) over Dillon Murphy (Harvard), Dec. 8-3

141 Pounds
Round of 64 – Troy Stanich (Stevens Institute) over Tucker Ribman (Harvard), Fall 10-0 4:06
Consolation Round of 32 – Jimmy Pawelski (Brown) over Tucker Ribman (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 10-1
Round of 32 – Dylan Duncan (Illinois) over Lukus Stricker (Harvard), Fall 6-3, 5:26
Consolation Round of 16 – Lukus Stricker (Harvard) over We Rachel (Illinois), Dec. 9-3

149 Pounds
Round of 32 – Griffin Parriott (Purdue) over Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 14-4
Consolation Round of 32 – Aaron Kruk (Harvard) over Bobby Pryhocki (Campbell), Dec. 10-5
Consolation Round of 16 – PJ Ogunsanya (Army) over Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 13-4 

157 Pounds
Round of 32 – Drew Scharenbrock (Wisconsin) over Hunter Ladnier (Harvard), Fall 4-2 4:47
Consolation Round of 32 – Mason Kauffman (Northern Illinois) over Hunter Ladnier (Harvard), Dec. 6-3 

165 Pounds
Round of 64 – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over Conor Melbourne (Princeton), Maj. Dec. 13-5
Round of 32 – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over Chase Diehl (SIUE), Dec. 6-1
Round of 16 – Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) over Kennedy Monday (North Carolina), Dec. 7-5
Quarterfinals – Alex Marinelli (Iowa) over Philip Conigliaro (Harvard), Fall 16-4 6:08

174 Pounds
Round of 64 – Joshua Kim (Harvard) over Jake Hendricks (Penn), Dec. 6-1
Round of 32 – Bryce Stewart (Northern Iowa) over Joshua Kim (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 9-1
Consolation Round of 32 – Joshua Kim (Harvard) over Tyler Dow (Wisconsin), Tech. Fall 23-6 7:00 

184 Pounds
Round of 32 – Trent Tracy (Cal Poly) over Michael Doggett (Harvard), Dec. 6-3
Consolation Round of 32 – Brian Bonino (NYCRTC) over Michael Doggett (Harvard), Dec. 4-1 

285 Pounds
Round of 32 – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Greg Hodulick (Buffalo), Dec. 6-2
Round of 16 – Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over No. 13 Josh Hokit (Fresno State), Dec. 8-7
Quarterfinals – Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) over Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard), Fall 7-3 5:17