CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling is back home at the Malkin Athletic Center, hosting No. 9 Princeton and Penn on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Both matches are slated to start at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
• The Crimson enters this weekend's Ivy League match-ups against the Tigers and Quakers with a 1-6 overall record, including at 1-3 mark in EIWA and 0-1 in Ivy.
• Harvard's first-year class has amassed over 50% of the team's wins this season with Philip Conigliaro (165) and Yaraslau Slavikouski (285) leading the way with 21 victories each.
• Three Crimson wrestlers, Slavikousiki, Conigliaro, and Nolan Hellickson, have appeared in the most recent national rankings. Slavikouski is ranked in the top-10 at the heavyweight class, and Hellickson is No. 24 on Flo-wrestling.
• Leading the Crimson with 18 dual match points, Slavikouski is currently on a six-match win-streak which includes a pair of decisions against nationally-ranked opponents from Iowa State and Campbell University earlier this month.
• Ladnier's 10-0 major decision against Binghamton's Chris Barker tied him with Conigliaro for the team lead in major decisions with three on the season.
• Junior Lukus Stricker (141) registered the Crimson's first dual pin on the season against Franklin & Marshall's Sean Coakley on Jan. 17.
• Harvard trails the all-time series against both Princeton (34-52-3) and Penn (31-45-2).
At The Helm
Jay Weiss, The David G. Bunning '88 Head Coach for Harvard Wrestling, is in his 26th season at the helm of the program. The two-time EIWA Coach of the Year has a long history of coaching excellence on the mat and in classroom. Weiss has coached a pair of national champions, 17 EIWA champions and 19 All-Americans, while guiding his squad to the nation's top GPA in five of the last seven years.
Harvard returns to the mats on Feb. 15 when it travels to New York, N.Y. for a road match against EIWA and Ivy League foe Columbia at 4 p.m.