Freshman Hunter Ladnier, pictured in January’s meet against Columbia, owns a 19-14 record on the year. The 149-pounder won his match against the Lions, scoring five points after a 18-3 technical fall victory in the Crimson’s 24-14 triumph over its Manhattan-dwelling Ivy League rival.
While this week’s Athlete of the Week honors went to members of the Ivy League Championship winning women’s squash team, four other student-athletes had especially impressive performances this week, earning them Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
While Ott and Ladnier qualified for the first time, Johnson will make a return trip after appearing in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to Friday night, Harvard wrestling had dropped four straight matches. Against the Pride, however, a pin by freshman A.J. Jaffe set the stage for a dominant evening.
At the start of March, Harvard wrestlers will compete at the EIWA Championships and potentially the NCAA Championships. Last weekend, though, the Crimson lost a pair of matches to Ivy League foes.
In its final tune-up before EIWA action begins, Harvard fell to all three opponents it faced in Pittsburgh.
The Harvard wrestling team traveled to Lancaster, Pa., for the Franklin and Marshall Open and achieved four quarterfinal finishes, including a successful gold medal campaign by junior co-captain Josef Johnson.
The Crimson faced a challenge holding their own against some of the nation’s top ranked competitors.
The Crimson’s rookie wrestlers continued to make their presence known this weekend as the team took the mats at the Keystone Invitational.