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.
Jess Jantzen '04 put the Crimson in the spotlight by winning an NCAA Championship, one of three Harvard wrestlers who have done so
Ex-Harvard wrestler Dustin Denunzio '98 was the first Crimson athlete to claim All-American honors under current coach Jay Weiss
J.P. O'Connor '10 was the last Crimson wrestler to take home an NCAA championship, going undefeated
Junior Todd Preston is the last Crimson wrestler to win the EIWA Championship and is arguably its best hope of becoming an NCAA Champion.
Dustin DeNunzio '99 earned All-American honors with the Crimson, making him the first person to do so since 1983.