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Crimson take down cadets, 29-10, as Mountain Hawks glide by, 21-20

Dawid Rechul and Thomas
Using his entire repertoire of limbs and muscles, Harvard heavyweight Dawid Rechul ’02 locks up Army opponent Thomas Anderson. Rechul won the match, 8-1. (Photo by Tim Morse)

The defending Ivy League champion Harvard wrestling team split a pair of homestand meets this past weekend (Jan. 26-27), downing Army 29-10, while losing a 21-20 decision to Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) powerhouse Lehigh. The Crimson, who also hold last season’s EIWA title, stand at 2-3 in dual meets and 1-1 in the EIWA.

Army took an early 3-0 jump in Saturday’s meet after junior cadet John Paxton defeated Harvard freshman Jonas Corl 8-2 in the 197-pound bout. The Army edge was to be short-lived however, as the Crimson team responded in capturing seven of the remaining 10 contests. Senior heavyweight co-captain Dawid Rechul, last year’s Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2001 EIWA Championships and currently ranked second in the EIWA, beat Thomas Anderson in an 8-1 decision. Then fellow co-captain Kevin El-Hayek ’02 – ranked No. 1 in the EIWA’s 133-pound division – took a 4-0 victory over T.J. Grider.

Though the Black Knights later pulled to within 16-10, Army’s hopes of regaining the lead were decidedly dashed when Harvard’s Pat O’Donnell ’03 pinned Ron Schroeder in the second period of the 165-pound event. O’Donnell’s pin – the sole peg of the day – gave Harvard a 22-10 advantage, setting the stage for the eventual 19-point win.

After another fine outing by the Crimson against second-ranked Lehigh, including impressive repeat performances by O’Donnell, Rechul, and a recorded pin by Harvard’s Jon Mankovich ’05 in the 141-pound bout, Sunday’s heartbreaker came down to the last match. In the absence of Harvard’s Reggie Lee ’03, who suffered an injury a day earlier against Army, Lehigh’s Rob Rohn – ranked sixth in the nation – recorded a 20-5 technical fall against Harvard’s Brandon Kaufmann ’04 in the 157-pound match. Rohn’s heroics lifted the Mountain Hawks past the Crimson by one point.

The Crimson return to the mat this Saturday (Feb. 2) against hosts Sacred Heart and Hofstra.

Eric Miller and Jesse
Spin cadet Eric Miller gets a tough lesson from Harvard’s Jesse Jantzen ’04 in the 149-pound bout at the Malkin Athletic Center this past Saturday. Jantzen won the match, 16-4, contributing to the Crimson’s victorious campaign over Army, 29-10. (Photo by Tim Morse)