Harvard wrestling held its own this past weekend at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, NV.
In the Crimson's toughest tournament of the season, co-captain Francis Volpe, junior Dawid Rechul, sophomore Max Odom, and freshman Jesse Jantzen proved a formidable match for some of the top wrestlers in the nation.
After coming in fourth at the East Stroudsburg tournament two weeks ago--forfeiting the last match for medical purposes--Volpe was in top form in Vegas, as he captured seventh place in the 184-pound weight class.
Volpe started his domination early, with an 11-7 victory over Chad Grant of Boston University, followed by a tremendous 17-3 win over Portland State's Jeremy Wilson in the second round.
In the quarterfinals, Volpe lost a close 13-10 bout to EIWA No. 1 Rob Rohn of Lehigh, Rohn took fourth at NCAA's last year.
Volpe rallied back, though, winning two of his next three matches in the wrestlebacks to claim seventh in the weight class.
The performances out west and at East Stroudsburg have proven Volpe to be a major threat at both the conference and national level.
At 149-pounds, Jantzen picked up right where he left off at East Stroudsburg, nearly defeating one of the nation's best wrestlers in what was still one of his first college tournaments.