Harvard's varsity wrestling team beat a lackluster Yale squad, 22-13, in New Haven Saturday to boost its Ivy record to 5-1, second-best in the League.
Even as it did so, however, Princeton was beating Cornell in Ithaca to notch an identical record, so that tomorrow's match between Harvard and Princeton will decide who will be Ivy runner-up behind invincible Penn.
Harvard's victory was surprisingly close; still Harvard coach John Lee was satisfied. "I was giving the heavier weight wrestlers a rest by moving them up one weight class so they wouldn't have to reduce. Yale is not the strongest team we wrestle, and so I was never worried."
Yale captain Don Joseph led off the match with an expected decision, 8-1, over Tom Schnorr at 123. But Bruce Goodman and Paul Catinella put the Crimson ahead with decisions at 130 and 137.
The only surprise of the afternoon came when Yale's Chris Legg beat Pat Coleman at 145 for Coleman's first loss at the weight. Over-weight at check-in time, Coleman had to spend an hour in the whirlpool bath Saturday Morning to reduce.
Mike Slutzger lost at 152 and Bart Harvey drew at 160 to give Yale and 11-6 edge, but Harvard's upper weight wrestlers took advantage of the rest Lee gave them and swept the remaining matches.