Harvard wrestling stepped onto the mat one final time this season as seniors Devon Gobbo and Todd Preston, as well as sophomore Josef Johnson, represented the Crimson on college wrestling’s biggest stage, the NCAA tournament hosted at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
With the end of their seasons on the line, three Crimson athletes managed to extend competition another two weeks at the EIWA Championships. In addition, senior Devon Gobbo captured an EIWA title at 165 lbs., becoming the 22nd Harvard wrestler to complete the feat.
The Crimson handled Hofstra (5-12) in commanding fashion, registering a 34-15 win over the Pride.
The Crimson bounced back from two tough losses last weekend to restart its winning streak, topping Brown and Roger Williams, 25-10 and 38-3, respectively, on the Bears’ home turf.
Harvard wrestling was unable to extend its win streak this weekend at home, dropping back to back contests to Ivy League foes Princeton and Penn at the Malkin Athletic Center.
With a winning streak, and a chance at redemption on the line, the Crimson brought the heat into the Lions’ den to notch the victory, 22-14.
After uncertainty concerning whether or not the matches would be held this weekend, the wrestling team pulled off two decisive wins in as many days.
Todd Preston overcame one of his rivals by decision on Friday night, but the Crimson (2-2, 0-1 EIWA) fell to No. 16 Cornell, 31-14.
It came down to the last bout of the afternoon. After three dual meets and dozens of matches, the Harvard wrestling team gathered around to watch the deciding match, one that would alter the team’s mood depending on the result.
The Crimson ended 2015 on a high note, with Preston, Gobbo, and Gajdzik capturing first place finishes in their respective weight classes at the Franklin & Marshall Open in Lancaster, Penn.
The Harvard wrestling team took on the odds at Las Vegas’s Cliff Keen Invitational this weekend, with three members of the squad, Todd Preston, Nick Gajdzik, and Devon Gobbo, cashing out their chips for top-10 finishes.
Harvard wrestling returned to action for its second tournament of the season on Sunday at the Keystone Classic, where Todd Preston, Josef Johnson, and Nick Gajdsik all earned top-three individual finishes.
Junior Nick Gajdzik led the Crimson with a second-place finish in the heavyweight bracket. Junior Jeff Ott, co-captain Todd Preston, and Senior Devon Gobbo also made it to the semifinals in their respective weight classes to round out a strong performance by the Harvard squad.