CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard wrestling (1-7, 1-4 EIWA) dropped its second Ivy League match to No. 9 Princeton (3-4, 1-0 EIWA), 27-12, at the Malkin Athletic Center on Friday evening.
Despite trailing early to a nationally-ranked opponent, the Crimson was not going away quietly. At 133 pounds, first-year Michael Jaffe made Ty Agaisse work for the 10-8 decision to give the Tigers the 9-0 lead.
Harvard inched its way back into the match. Junior Lukus Stricker put the Crimson on the board with a hard-fought, 8-6 decision at 141 pounds. Immediately following, senior Aaron Kruk earned his first dual win of the season at 149 pounds with a tight 3-1 decision to pull Harvard to within three points.
Fellow senior Hunter Ladnier nearly took down the No. 4 wrestler in the 157 weight class, Quincy Monday, in a back-and-forth battle. But Monday was able to squeak out a 10-8 decision to put the Tigers up by six.
First-year Philip Conigliaro pulled the Crimson back to within three points, 12-9, with a commanding, 7-3 decision over Grant Cuomo. But the next three bouts belonged to the Tigers to seal the match.
Classmate, Yaraslau Slavikouski closed out the match at heavyweight earning his seventh straight dual victory with a convincing, 11-4 win over Aidan Conner.
Harvard returns to the Malkin Athletic Center mats tomorrow night, hosting Penn at 6 p.m.
125: No. 3 Patrick Glory def. Nolan Hellickson, Fall
133: Ty Agaisse def. Michael Jaffe, Dec. 10-8
141: Lukus Stricker def. Marshall Keller, Dec. 8-6
149: Aaron Kruk def. Josh Breeding, Dec. 3-1
157: No. 4 Quincy Monday def. Hunter Ladnier, Dec. 10-8
165: No. 19 Phil Conigliaro def. Grant Cuomo, Dec. 7-3
174: Kevin Parker def. Pierce Bausano, Tech. Fall 15-0
184: Travis Stefanik def. Michael Doggett, Maj. Dec. 16-6
197: No. 3 Patrick Brucki def. Evan Callahan, Fall
285: No. 9 Yaraslau Slavikouski def. Aidan Conner, Dec. 11-4