Harvard's varsity wrestling team, building toward a showdown with Princeton for second place in the Ivy League next week, should have little trouble clearing the final hurdle with a victory over a weak Yale squad at 3 p.m. today in New Haven.
The Tigers, who are favored over Cornell in Ithaca this afternoon, have a 5-1 Ivy record, identical to Harvard's. Both have lost to league-leading Penn, which appears to have the championship locked up.
Yale can only play the role of the spoiler in today's encounter. The Elis, 1-10 overall, have scored their only victory over punchless Columbia. Yale's nightmare season has included drubbings, by Rutgers, Princeton, Penn, and Brown, and one brutal week early in the season in which the Elis were shut out 36-0, 34-0, and 37-0, by strong teams from Army, Lehing, and Iowa, respectively.
Harvard wrestling coach John Lee said Yale's performance has been erratic at best, but added that the Bulldogs had been helped by fine individual performances--notable from captain Don Joseph, who will face Harvard's Tom Schnorr at 123.
Harvard's lineup today seems to have been planned with no surprises in mind. Lee will rest his heavier wrestlers by moving three of them up one weight class to spare them the necessity of getting down to weight before the match.
Bart Harvey will take over at 160 for mark Faller, who will move up to 167. Captain Howie Chatterton will take the 177 pound slot, while John Imrie will move up to 191.
Howie Freedman, undefeated at 191 until an injured knee sidelined him, four weeks ago, has begun workouts again and will wrestle against Princeton, Coach Lee said.
Harvard's freshman wrestling team will also meet Yale's today in New Haven. The Yardlings are slight underdogs against the strong Bullpups because of a vacancy at 130.