Grapplers' Pin Parade Stuns C. C. N. Y.
Even without two top individuals, Harvard's varsity wrestling team pulled off seven pins nine matches ?n route to a 43-5 victory Saturday over a spirited and young C. C. N. Y. squad.
The Crimson had little trouble in raising its season record to 7-3, but C. C. N. Ys performance should not be belittled. Many of its wrestlers had never seen a mat before last November. "None of my boys wrestled in high school-this is a brand new sport for them-but they do have spirit and they love to wrestle," coach Henry Wittenberg said.
Harvard's effort on Saturday was strong and thorough, and anything but lackadaisical.
"This is the kind of performance I like to see," said Coach John Lee. "I was afraid we might be too overconfident but the kids went right out after these guys and pinned them."
Harvard wrestled aggressively from the start as Jay Galeski won his first match of the season, taking a 10-6 decision at 118 pounds. C. C. N. Y. countered as captain Jose Rondon, 126 pounds, gave the Beavers a brief lead, pinning Dave Kreis at 5:30.
With the 134 pound match, Harvard's pin parade started. In his first match of the season. Gerry Kahritas, a transfer student from Brown, disposed of his opponent at 1:53. "With the injuries to Scanlon and Mangrum, it was really good to get Gerry back for this one." Lee said. Kahrilas has been out of action this year due to a case of mononucleosis.
Josh Henson, 142 pounds, used a Turk Ride to move into a pinning position and end his match at 2:14. JonPeters, 150 pounds, and captain Pat Coleman, 158 pounds, recorded falls at 2:39 and 2:49 respectively.
Using his legs very well, 177 pound Tony Rayner employed a Figure Four leg ride to pin his opponent at 5:03. In the 190 pound bout, the introductory gesture of shaking hands led to a Fireman's Carry and a 31 second pin for the Crimson's Rich Starr.
Giving regular heavyweight Tom Tripp a rest, Clark Binkley proved a capable replacement in his first match of the season, as he notched a pin at 4:48.
"All in all we worked well, but I hope we can be as aggressive against M. I. T. on Tuesday," Lee concluded.