The varsity wrestlers, whose title hopes had gone down the drain against Columbia the day before, came back on Saturday to sweep aside the Big Red of Cornell, keeping alive their hopes for a break-even season.
The 30-14 triumph brought the Crimson record to 5-6 with three opponents left to face including powerful, league-leading Yale.
Harvard's flu-beset lightweights have been having troubles of late, and things were no different against Cornell. Dave Albert (118lbs.) escaped with a 4-4 tie, but Milt Yasunaga (126lbs.) was pinned for the second time in as many days.
The Crimson had lost to Columbia by falling too far behind in the early going, but they were able to turn this one around in time. Bill Mulvihill (134 lbs.) went into the final period behind 1-0, but rallied to win.
Next, a pair of great efforts by George Baker (142lbs.) and Tom Bixby (150lbs.) put Harvard solidly in the lead. Baker completely man-handled his opponent and pinned him in the second period. Then Bixby, who has returned from an injury to fill what was a gaping hole in the lineup, followed with a pin of his own.
Bixby turned his foe on his back and sat on him for almost a full minute at the end of the second period but couldn't get the pin. So, early in the last round, he turned the Cornell man over again and finished him off.
The Big Red was on the run, and Harvard pressed after for the kill. After Jim Corcoran (159 lbs.) and Cornell's Bob Kastner had battled to a 2-2 draw, Ed Bordley destroyed his opponent 16-1, and Captain Jim Strathmeyer followed with a hardfought 9-5 triumph to clinch the win for the Crimson.
Harvard and Cornell split the final two matches to forge the final 30-14 margin.
Yale comes to the IAB on Friday needing a victory to complete a perfect 7-0 sweep through its Ivy League slate.
If Harvard mentor John Lee can direct his charges to an upset win, however, Yale will have to settle with a tie with Princeton, who suffered its only league loss at the hands of the Bulldogs last week in a one point thriller.