LEWISBURG, Pa. – Seeking its second conference win, Harvard wrestling (1-4, 1-1 EIWA) dropped a hard-fought match to Bucknell (3-3, 2-1 EIWA) on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson controlled the match early on, winning three of the first five matches. Senior Nolan Hellickson found himself down 2-1 to Geo Barzona in the 125-pound bout, but battled for an escape at the end of the second period and swing momentum to the Crimson. The Des Moines, Iowa native held on for the 3-2 decision to put Harvard on the board first.
Bucknell's Darren Miller got the best of first-year Michael Jaffe at 133 pounds, but junior Lukus Stricker answered at 141. With the energy of his first pin of the season against Franklin & Marshall the night prior, Stricker grinded out the 4-0 decision to re-gain the lead for the Crimson.
Upperclassman experience favored Harvard at 157 pounds. Senior Hunter Ladnier used that experience to power himself to an 8-4 decision over Bucknell first-year Jaden Fisher as Harvard went back on top, 9-6, at the midway point of the match.
However, the heavier weight classes favored the Bison, taking four of the final five bouts to seal the match for Bucknell. First-year No. 10 Yaraslau Slavikouski helped the Crimson avoid the loss at 285 pounds, earning the 4-3 decision over Eric Chakonis, while grabbing his team-leading 19th win in the process.
125: Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) over Geo Barzona (Bucknell), Dec. 3-2
133: Darren Miller (Bucknell) over Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Dec. 8-2
141: Lukus Stricker (Harvard) over David Campbell (Bucknell), Dec. 4-0
149: Matthew Kolonia (Bucknell) over Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Dec. 10-3
157: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) over Jaden Fisher (Bucknell), Dec. 8-4
165: No 18 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) over Zeth Dean (Harvard), Fall 1:51
174: Mitch Hartman (Bucknell) over Pierce Bausano (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 16-5
184: Kyle Inlander (Bucknell) over Michael Doggett (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 8-0
197: Drew Phipps (Bucknell) over (Harvard), For.
285: No. 10 Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) over Eric Chakonis (Bucknell), Dec. 4-3
Harvard returns to the mats on Saturday, Jan. 25 against No. 19 Cornell (1 p.m.) and Binghamton (6 p.m.) in upstate New York.