With three victories and one defeat in their season's record, the Varsity wrestlers are facing keen competition tonight when they meet the Tiger, whom they tied 14-14 at his lair last year. Princeton is undefeated this year, having won from Rutgers 21-13, from Lafayette 18-8, and from Pennsylvania 17 1/2-10 1/2. Harvard has downed M.I.T. 25-3, Brown 18-6, and Chicago 17-13, losing the Tufts meet, 17-11.
Apparently Coach Reed of the invaders is waiting to see in what class Dick Emory will wrestle, for he has entered both Treide and Eliot in the 165 and 175-pound classes. A year ago Emory defeated Elliot in the dual meet, but later lost to him in the semi-finals of the Eastern Intercollegiates. Treide won from Albert Aranson of Harvard in the finals of the Easterns a year ago, and lost in the dual meet to Dick Ames, last year's captain. Emory showed the best form of his college career in the meet with Chicago last Monday when he won by a fall over Frank Pesek in 5 minutes, 48 seconds. This year he is undefeated in the 175-pound class, having won by two falls and two decisions, and again ought to show well in the Intercollegiates in March.
Another colorful Crimson grappler is Howland Stoddard of the 126-pounders, having three decisions and a fall to his credit, and who won in the Chicago meet in the 135-pound class. Last summer he wrestled out in Oklahoma with Pat Johnson, Freshman coach and Varsity captain in 1933.
While there are more men out for the sport than ever before in its history at Harvard, the 145-pound class boasts its greatest number of strong aspirants. From the captaincy of last year's Freshmen comes Brooks Cavin, strong and particularly effective with his legs, and undefeated in his four matches of Varsity competition. Ed Farley, last year's Varsity man and semi-finalist in last year's Intercollegiates, is now restored to good academic standing. Don McGranahan, who wrestled as either a 135 or 145-pounder, is back this year after being kept from last year's Yale meet with a strained shoulder, with which he had wrestled in the Springfield, Cornell, and Princeton meets. Bill Davis, a member of the 1933 Freshman team, and Lorrin Woodman, who could on occasion, come down from 155 pounds, are also strong contenders. Dave Tufts, promising in the sport, had won two matches as heavyweight before he was temporarily put out of the running by an infected knee, which also kept him from midyear exams.
Throughout the season, the squad has been hampered by injuries. Notable in the Chicago meet was the lack of conditioning due to the midyear period, for in all the matches that were lost, the Harvard men were ahead at the beginning and were slowly worn down by their relatively poor condition.
Coach Cliff Gallagher finds that few men have had training in the sport while at prep school, and that he and Pat Johnson have to start the instruction from the ground up. Milton has had wrestling as an organized sport for several years, as his Andover, but Exeter started it only last year. This year there are more Freshmen than ever before who have had previous experience. Captaincy seems to be a heritage of the Ames family, for Harry, brother of last year's Varsity captain, was elected last week to lead the Freshmen, after having been captain last year at Milton. John Harkness is also a Milton-trained man, and David Glueek took part at Exeter when the sport was first organized there last year.