BETHLEHEM, Pa. – First-years Yaraslau Slavikouski and Philip Conigliaro earned automatic bids into the NCAA tournament as Harvard wrestling placed four on hte second day of the 2020 EIWA Championships on Saturday afternoon. As a team the Crimson finished 12th of 17 teams with a total of 47.5 points.
Slavikouski punched his ticket to the tournament with a second-place finish at heavyweight. In the championship semifinals, he found found himself trailing Hofstra's Zachary Knighton-Ward, 1-0, after the second period. A quick escape to begin the third tied the bout at one and swung momentum over to Slavikouski's side as he took the match by a 3-1 decision. However, in the championship match, host, Lehigh's Jordan Wood took home the 2020 title with a 9-2 decision.
Fellow first-year No. 19 Philip Conigliaro was the second Crimson wrestler to appear in the championship semifinals this morning. But the Dedham, Massachusetts native dropped a tough sudden victory decision to Bucknell's Zachary Hartman. Conigliaro did secure third place, with a 5-4 decision over Army's Cael McCormick and earn him the right to the participate on the national stage in two weeks.
Senior Hunter Ladnier finished fifth at 157 pounds after going 2-1 on the second day of the championship. After falling to Drexel's Parker Kropman via an 8-2 decision, he came back and defeated Cornell's Adam Santoro via an 8-1 decision. First-year Michael Jaffe rounded out Harvard placing eighth at 133 pounds, dropping a 15-7 major decision to Columbia's Angelo Rini.
7th Place Match: Angelo Rini (Columbia) def. Michael Jaffe (Harvard), Maj. Dec. 15-7
Consolation Round of 4: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Jaden Fisher (Bucknell), Dec. 10-3
Consolation Semifinals: Parker Kropman (Drexel) def. Hunter Ladnier (Harvard), Dec. 8-2
5th Place Match: Hunter Ladnier (Harvard) def. Adam Santoro (Cornell), Dec. 8-1
Harvard will conclude the season with select wrestlers competing at the NCAA Championships held at Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 19 – 21.