LANCASTER, Pa. -- Winning its first five bouts of the night, Harvard wrestling (1-3, 1-0 EIWA) began EIWA play with a convincing, 26-16 victory over Franklin & Marshall (3-2, 0-1 EIWA) on Friday evening.
Senior Nolan Hellickson set the tone for the Crimson, edging out Jose Diaz at 125 pounds with a 7-5 decision. It only got better. Michael Jaffe continued his outstanding first-year campaign, earning his 12 win the 23-6 technical fall over Michael Simonetti. At 141 pounds, junior Lukus Stricker gave Harvard six points with a pin of Sean Coakley at 3:51.
After two quick decisions gave the Crimson a commanding 20-0, the Diplomats cut the lead in half with a major decision and technical fall. But Harvard was resilient and secured two of the final three matches.
First-year Michael Doggett dominated the 184-pound bout against James Stilleman, coming out victorious with a 7-6 decision in overtime. Fellow first-year No. 10 Yaraslou Slavikouski closed out the match with solid 4-1 decision over Vincenzo Pelusi.
Harvard travels north to Lewisburg, Pa. tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 18 for a 2 p.m. tilt against EIWA foe Bucknell.
125: Nolan Hellickson (HARV) over Jose Diaz (F&M) (Dec 7-5)
133: Michael Jaffe (HARV) over Michael Simonetti (F&M) (TF 23-6 5:31)
141: Lukus Stricker (HARV) over Sean Coakley (F&M) (Fall 3:51)
149: Andrew Pace (HARV) over Cristiaan Dailey (F&M) (Dec 8-5)
157: Hunter Ladnier (HARV) over Cole Aaron (F&M) (Dec 4-0)
165: Emmett LiCastri (F&M) over Zeth Dean (HARV) (MD 15-3)
174: John Crawford (F&M) over Michael Bausano (HARV) (Fall 1:47)
184: Michael Doggett (HARV) over James Stillerman (F&M) (TB-2 7-6)
197: Ethan Seeley (F&M) over (HARV) (For.)
285: Yaraslau Slavikouski (HARV) over Vincenzo Pelusi (F&M) (Dec 4-1)