Wrestling Travels to New York This Weekend to Face Columbia, Hofstra, LIU

Photo Courtesy of Mark Ferraro.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Ferraro.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling returns to the mats this weekend in New York City, facing Ivy foe Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. before wrestling Hofstra and LIU on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively.

How to Follow
Twitter: @HarvardWrestlin
Watch: Feb. 15 – Columbia | Feb. 16 – Hofstra (11 a.m.) | LIU (1:30 p.m.)
Live Results: Feb. 15 – Columbia | Feb. 16 – Hofstra (11 a.m.) & LIU (1:30 p.m.) 

What to Know

• The Crimson enters this weekend's three matches with a 1-8 overall record, including a 1-5 mark in EIWA action and 0-3 against Ivy opponents.

• Against the nationally-ranked Princeton Tigers, senior Aaron Kruk earned his first victory of the season at 149 points, edging out Josh Breeding by a tight 3-1 decision.

• Fellow senior Hunter Ladnier went 1-1 against Princeton and Penn the last time the Crimson was on mats. Ladnier nearly knocked off No. 4 Quincy Monday in his 157-pound match against Princeton, but fell by a 10-8 decision.

• Ladnier also leads the Crimson in major decisions with four on the season, with his last one coming in his last time on the mats, dominating Penn's Cam Connor, 14-1.

• Harvard's first-year class has amassed 68% of the team's total victories (77 of 114 wins), with No. 16 Philip Conigliaro and No. 10 Yaraslau Slavikouski leading the charge with 23 victories each.

• In addition to leading the Crimson with 23 wins Slavikouski is currently riding a six-match dual win-streak at heavyweight following back-to-back victories over Princeton and Penn two weeks ago.

• One of Harvard's two wrestlers appearing in the top-20 of the lasted EIWA rankings, Conigliaro also has a win-streak of his own, winning his last four bouts.

• Harvard trails the all-time series with Columbia, 35-51-2, while leads Hofstra 11-9-1. It will be the first meeting with LIU in program history.

At The Helm
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 26th 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 seven years.

Next Up
Harvard returns to the mats in its final match before the EIWA Championships next Saturday, Feb. 22 against Brown in Providence, R.I. at 1 p.m.