There’s a new No. 1 for the 141-pound weight class. Previously unranked, Crimson wrestler Corey Jantzen ’11 took over the nation’s top spot on Dec. 11. Jantzen replaces defending national champion Jeff Jaggers from Ohio State, whom he defeated in the quarterfinal round of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas (CKLV) Invitational. In the tournament — his first competitive appearance of the season — Jantzen defeated two ranked opponents (Jaggers and No. 4 Chris Drouin of Arizona State), becoming the fourth wrestler in Crimson history to take home a CKLV title.
The last Harvard wrestler to receive a No. 1 ranking was Jantzen’s elder brother, Jesse ’04, who was a three-time All American and four-time All Ivy selection — and Harvard’s first national champion grappler since John Harkness in 1938.
Corey, a native of Shoreham, NY., went 14-8 last season and was named to the All-Ivy second team, despite missing seven weeks of the season due to injury. Jantzen will try to retain his ranking when the Crimson return to action Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 for the Midland Championships in Evanston, IL.