Slavikouski, the unanimous selection for Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the first Harvard wrestler to win the honor in 16 years, has been staying active despite the hiatus in Ancient Eight contests. Currently, he is training in his home country of Belarus and is set to compete at the U23 Nationals at the end of March, followed by the European Championships.
Four wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, and two freshmen punched their tickets to the National Championship next week.
It has been a season of ups and downs so far for the Crimson. The team has racked up three individual tournament wins and 17 top-eight finishes overall, but has also found wins hard to come by in dual meets.
This weekend, the Crimson will be heading across the country to take on some of the nation’s top competition at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.
For the Crimson, the journey to the NCAA Championships is a long one. Because the wrestling season doesn’t truly begin until mid-November, the team’s preseason training is “very long,” as Weiss puts it.
While this weekend marked the official end of the wrestling season with the NCAA championships last weekend, it also marked the end of a distinguished career for one of Harvard’s very own, Josef Johnson.
The Harvard wrestling team faltered in its first EIWA test, as Bucknell picked up a 21-10 decision over the visiting squad. However, the Crimson redeemed itself in a blowout victory over Franklin & Marshall.
Both wrestling dual meets this weekend were decided by one point, and the grapplers from Cambridge emerged from the fray with two victories.
In the first weekend of 2018, the Harvard wrestling squad was resolute at the Franklin and Marshall Open, taking three different divisions as the team heads into dual meet season.
In what is deemed its second toughest tournament of the season, the wrestling team traveled to Evanston, Ill., to compete against the nation's best. Of the group's 14 competitors, six posted points for the team, which finished the two-day tournament in 30th place.