Energy was high in Malkin Athletic Center this past weekend, as Harvard wrestling (3-5) contested its final two home duals of the season, dropping both against Princeton and Penn. The squad did earn a few hardfought wins and gave a heartfelt sendoff to its seven seniors in front of a supportive audience of students, friends, and family.
Following a Successful Tournament Season Run, Harvard Wrestling Makes a Competitive 2-1 Start to its Dual Season
The Harvard wrestling team returned from its trip to North Carolina last weekend having started its dual season off on a positive note. The Crimson earned victories over Davidson (1-8) and No. 23 UNC (7-5), while falling by a narrow margin to Lock Haven University (3-6).
After months characterized by podium wins, major upsets, and long-awaited results, Harvard wrestling has wrapped up a remarkable 2022-23 season. The season took place across five winter months, opening in November with the Journeymen Collegiate Classic in Bethlehem, Pa., and culminating in mid-March with the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
At this past weekend’s EIWA Championships, Harvard wrestling saw four members of its squad qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson had an exciting weekend, featuring five podium places and earning 63 team points good enough for an eighth-place finish. The crew, which will compete at NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. is made up of sophomore Diego Sotelo, juniors Philip Conigliaro and Joshua Kim, and senior captain Yaraslau Slavikouski.
Harvard wrestling made another statement in the Ivy League this past weekend at home defeating Columbia 19-18 in a gritty match on Friday night. The Crimson followed up with a hefty 21-11 win over visiting Hofstra on Saturday afternoon, moving the Crimson to a 3-4 record on the season and producing a lot of great energy as well.
The Harvard wrestling team made a resounding statement on Friday night in its 20-18 defeat of Princeton for the first time in a decade. The dynamic of the sport has allowed for many individual successes over the course of the season but wins like this are a special reflection of team culture and commitment.
Then-first-year Philip Conigliaro wrestles against Brian Krawsowki in a match on Feb. 1, 2020. In 2020, Conigliaro took third place at the EIWA Championships. This year, during his sophomore campaign, he took first place at the EIWA Championships and was the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament.
To qualify for the national championship, Conigliaro dominated the field at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) conference tournament, going 4-0 to win the 165-pound weight class and securing the Crimson’s first EIWA title since 2016. He tallied a technical fall as well as three decision victories at the conference meet, earning the No. 8 seed headed into nationals.