Winning all but one Yearling bout, the Varsity and Freshman grapplers overcame M.I.T. matmen with a score of 35 to 0 and 29 to 3 respectively in their opening meet Saturday afternoon.
Johnny Harkness, unbeaten in his Freshman year, demonstrated his power when he ripped into his 175-pound opponent, Wetterer, and won the bout in one minute and 13 seconds.
Despite the overwhelming victory, Coach Gallagher's wrestlers met some stiff opposition. Eddie Petrenick, 118-pounder, had a hard job flooring Noodleman, while even Captain Stoddard, the 135-pound New England intercollegiate champ, found stiff opposition facing him in the person of Bartholomew. It took Bill Glendinning, heavyweight, more than nine minutes to defeat Cestoni.
Harvard's only upset came when Gus Powers, first-year Engineer, won from Art Johns by a decision after a close struggle in the 145-ound struggle.
The Varsity summary:
118-pound class: Edward J. Petrenick '37 (H) defeated Noodleman (MIT) by a fall. Time, 9 min. 47 sec.
126-pound class: Leonard M. Klein '36 (H) defeated Torrance (MIT) by decision. Time 6 min. 44 sec.
135-pound class: Howland B. Stoddard '36 (H) defeated Bartholomew (MIT) by a fall. Time, 7 min. 13 sec.
145-pound class: William B. Cavin, Jr. (H) defeated Webb (MIT) by decision Time, 5 min. 37 sec.
155-pound class: Lorrin E. Woodman '37 (H) defeated Cetil (MIT) by decision Time, 8 min. 5 sec.
165-pound class: George G. Fox '36 (H) defeated Baggerman (MIT) by forfeit
175-pound class: John G. Harkness '38 (H) defeated Wetterer (MIT) by a fall Time, 1 min. 13 sec.
Heavyweight class: William T. Glen dinning '33, (H) defeated Gestoni, Time 9 min. 22 sec.