Harvard's wrestling team turned in an outstanding performance to take fifth in the Timme Ansten Trophy over the weekend in Chicago in a field of 17 colleges from all over the nation.
Abbott Reeve was fifth in Division A, but Charlie Koch was the big reason for the Crimson's success. Vying for the lead with the University of Southern California B-Division skipper, Koch ended up a close second.
U. S. C. won the regatta with 161 points to 183 for U. R. I. and 185 for Harvard. The other New England representative, Yale, was sixth with 260 points.
Harvard and Yale had been picked as the two New England colleges on the basis of this fall's performance and the fact that the two had not competed in the event in 15 years. Ironically U. R. I. did not enter until the Tuesday before when it discovered there was a last-minute opening.
Reeve, with Dave Little as crew, took one first, one second, and four thirds, while Koch, with George Putnam as crew, took three firsts, four seconds, and one third. Of special significance in the Crimson win was the fact neither of the boats capsized or was disqualified-both add 19 points to the crew's and the team's score.
While the winner of Division A, Bill Campbell of Navy, had only 56 points, the winner of Division B had 91. The discrepancy illustrates competition in B Division, since only one crew was consistently able to get a low of low finishes.
On Friday and Saturday the temperatures were in the thirties, and snow was forecasted. On Sunday the weather was warmer, but the steady wind was extremely variable and presented difficult situations.
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