Dual-Meet Season Ends With Losses

Lowell K. Chow

Sophomore Max Meltzer (shown in earlier action) beat former high school teammate Mike Ashton in a 9-5 decision Saturday. It was one of only three Harvard wins in the Crimson's 25-9 loss to Brown.

BOSTON—On the final day of team competition, the Harvard wrestling team had two opportunities to double its total season wins.

In the morning, the Crimson (1-14, 1-7 EIWA) faced Brown in Providence at noon. Afterward, it drove back to Boston University in hopes of finding a second win, which has eluded the team for over two weeks as it has picked up six more losses.

But Saturday was simply not its day. Harvard traveled from a defeat in Rhode Island to an even more crushing loss in Boston, ending its dual-meet season on a lackluster note.


The Crimson’s first match of the day against the Bears (5-11, 2-6) offered struggling Harvard its best chance to earn a win, since the team is ranked only seventh in the EIWA.

Instead, Brown jumped out to a commanding lead and ending up winning seven of the 10 matches on the day.

No. 1 co-captain Jesse Jantzen (149 lbs.) provided one of the three Crimson victories—finishing the team season undefeated—against a second ranked opponent in as many weeks.

And though he may have beaten Cornell’s No. 5 Dustin Manotti by five points last week, Jantzen only scored a 6-5 decision on Saturday against No. 17 David Dies.

No. 14 sophomore Max Meltzer (141 lbs.) also scored a decision, against an old friend.

Meltzer faced Mike Ashton, a teammate of his from his high school, Montgomery Blair. Though Ashton jumped out to a commanding lead in the first period, Meltzer came back late in the match, scoring three takedowns in the third period alone, to secure a 9-5 victory.

“I knew about his wrestling style and was able to use that against him,” Meltzer said.

After the Jantzen match, Harvard was within a point of the Bears, 7-6. Brown had picked up those seven points in the first two matches, defeating freshman Brent Kakesako (125 lbs.) and junior Greg Cook.

However, that was as close as the Crimson ever came to winning. The Bears won the next five matches—four by decision and the 184 lb. match by forfeit—sealing their victory.

Harvard was forced to give up the 184 class since senior P.J. Jones has not recovered from an ankle injury from last week.

Co-captain Reggie Lee (197 lbs.) was the closest to winning during the five match stretch, but lost 4-3 in overtime to Nick Ciarcia.

The third Crimson victory came in the final match on the afternoon, as freshman heavyweight Bode Ogunwole—ranked third in the league—posted a 4-2 decision