Wrestling Succumbs to Late Bearcat Comeback; Drops A Pair to No. 18 Cornell, Binghamton

Wrestling Succumbs to Late Bearcat Comeback; Drops A Pair to No. 18 Cornell, Binghamton

ITHACA & VESTAL, N.Y. – Harvard wrestling (1-6, 1-3 EIWA, 0-1 Ivy) dropped a pair of EIWA matches to No. 18 Cornell (7-5, 2-0 EIWA, 2-0 Ivy) and Binghamton (3-8, 2-6 EIWA) on Saturday afternoon.

Following a 32-9 defeated against the nationally-ranked Big Red squad early in the matinee match, the Crimson was stunned by the Bearcats by a late match comeback in the evening.   

No. 18 Cornell 32, Harvard 9
Despiting falling in the first four bouts, Harvard finished strong, winning three of the final six individual matches.

Senior Hunter Ladnier and No. 16 Philip Conigliaro earned back-to-back decisions at 157- and 165-pounds, respectively, to snap the Big Red's streak of wins and put the Crimson on the board. Ladnier grabbed his second straight win with a 5-3 decision over Adam Santoro, while Conigliaro knocked off Jake Bridnley with a 6-3 decision.

Cornell sealed the match winning the next three bouts, but tenth-best heavyweight wrestler in the nation, according the latest Intermat rankings, let the Crimson have the last word. No. 10 Yaraslau Slavikouski dominated Cornell's Brendan Furman to the 9-3 decision and, in the process, earn his fifth straight dual victory.

Binghamton 20, Harvard 18
Senior Nolan Hellickson and first-year Michael Jaffe came out strong for the Crimson in its second match of the day against the Bearcats. Hellickson earned a 3-0 decision over Carson Sauriol at 125 pounds before Jaffe dominated Tommaso Frezza securing the 13-4 major decision in 133 weight class.

Binghamton was not going away quietly, clawing their way to within a point, 7-6, with back-to-back decisions at 141 and 149 pounds. But the veteran 157-pound Crimson wrestler, Ladnier earned his second victory of the day, blanking Chris Barker, 10-0, to give Harvard the 11-6 advantage. Coniglaro extended the Crimson lead to 15-6 at 165 pounds with a decisive, 13-3 major decision over Jacob Nolan.

Trailing by nine, Binghamton inched its way back into the match. In the 174 weight class Alax Malikian earned the 25-9 technical fall over Pierce Bausano to pull the Bearcats to within four points, 15-11. Back-to-back wins at 184 and 197 pounds gave Binghamton its first lead of the game, 20-15. 

At heavyweight, Slavikouski closed the deficit with a domineering, 9-4 decision over Joe Doyle to earn his sixth consecutive win, but it was not enough to propel the Crimson its second victory.

Next Up
Harvard returns to the Malkin Athletic Center on Friday, Jan. 31 hosting No. 17 Princeton at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.   


Results vs. No. 18 Cornell
125: Dom LaJoie (Cornell) def. Nolan Hellickson (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 12-3            
133: No. 5 Chas Tucker (Cornell) def. Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Dec. 12-5               
141: Noah Baughman (Cornell) def. Lukus Striker (Harvard), Dec. 8-4                    
149: Hunter Richard (Cornell) def. Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 12-4                
157: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Adam Santoro (Cornell), Dec. 5-3                     
165: No. 16 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) def. Jake Brindley (Cornell), Dec. 6-3                     
174: Andrew Berreyesa (Cornell) def. Pierce Bausano (Harvard) Fall 4:35             
184: Jonathan Loew (Cornell) def. Michael Doggett (Harvard) Fall 2:54     
197: No. 4 Ben Darmstadt (Cornell) won by forfeit
285: No.10 Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) def. Brendan Furman (Cornell), Dec. 9-3          

Results vs. Binghamton
125: Nolan Hellickson (Harvard) def. Carson Sauriol (Binghamton), Dec. 3-0
133: Michael Jaffe (Harvard) def. Tommaso Frezza (Binghamton), Maj. Dec. 13-4            
141: Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton) def. Lukus Stricker (Harvard), Dec. 2-0
149: Matt Swanson (Binghamton) def. Aaron Kruk (Harvard), Dec. 6-5
157: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def.  Chris Barker (Binghamton), Maj. Dec.10-0
165: No. 16 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard) def. Jacob Nolan (Binghamton), Maj. Dec. 13-3
174: Alex Malikian (Binghamton) def. Pierce Bausano (Harvard), Tech. Fall 25-9
184: No. 5 Lou Deprez (Binghamton) won by forfeit.
197: Sam Deprez (Binghamton) def. Mike Doggett (Harvard), Dec. 3-1
285: No. 10 Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard) def. Joe Doyle (Binghamton), Dec. 9-4