Crimson staff writer
In his final year, men's squash co-captain David Ryan could not captain his class or team to a national championship. Or so he thought.
On a weekend where six Harvard athletes made it to the national semifinals, the Dublin native saved two championship points to capture the 36th men’s title in program history with a 12-10 fifth-game victory.
In straight sweeps of No. 5 Yale and No. 10 Brown, Harvard increased its undefeated streak to 50 matches—spanning more than three years—and claimed its third straight outright Ivy League title.
On Saturday, the No. 2 Crimson faced No. 1 Princeton in a grudge match of the unbeatens. Just a day later, the team was set for a rematch of last year’s national championship against No. 7 Penn. For the third and fourth times, Harvard bended as far as it has all season. The Crimson dropped just one match each day.
Due to weaker strength of schedule, Harvard dropped from its No. 1 position atop the CSA rankings. However, the team's outcome followed tradition, sweeping games against No. 9 Drexel and No. 3 Trinity.
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.