Wednesday, September 28, 2022

2023 NCAA DI The Season: Harvard


With the continued growth & success of Princeton wrestling I am dying to see Harvard make the same leaps & bounds. If you've been reading me for a while, you know that I long for the glory days of Harvard wrestling. There was a time when we had the Jesse Jantzens, the J.P. O'Connors, the Bode Ogunwoles, & the Max Meltzers. I want to see those days again. Our society may not value academic honor anymore, but by God I do. I think it rules when schools kick ass in both the classroom & on the mat. As far as I'm concerned I think this can be the start of the rejuvenation of Harvard wrestling.  They have two on their team more than capable of All American honors this season. 

125 lbs
Beau Bayless

16-13 on the season last year at 125 lbs, Beau Bayless was one match shy of placing at CKLV & 5th in the EIWA. Anxious to see how he does eight pounds up. 

141 lbs
Michael Jaffe 

Expect the unexpected. The inconsistent & unpredictable Michael Jaffe returns for his final season as a member of the Crimson. Is NCAA qualification in store? I don't know. A second EIWA placing is definitely within his doing though.  8th in 2021, I would expect him to once again make the award stand. 

157 lbs
Trevor Tarsi 

I definitely think Trevor Tarsi can earn NCAA qualification this season. 8th in the EIWA last season he had impressive wins over Cody Bond of Appalachian State, Nick Palumbo of Sacred Heart & Parker Kropman of Drexel. 

165 lbs
Joshua Kim 

15-12 on the season Joshua Kim threw me off guard when he failed to place at the EIWA championships. Now down at 165 lbs, not only do I think he'll earn that top 8 conference showing, I think he'll prove himself an NCAA qualifier as well.  

174 lbs
Philip Conigliaro

Harvard is due for an All American, & here's one of the two Crimson who could very well achieve that status this season. An EIWA champion last season, he was 3rd in 2020.  A Mat Men Open runner-up he was 6th in the CKLV. 

Yaraslau Slavikouski 

Here's another member of the Crimson that could very well earn All American honors & for that matter an EIWA title this season. An EIWA runner-up in 2020, he was 4th in the Midlands in 2020. 

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