Champions on the Mat: Harvard Wrestling Dominates in an Unforgettable 2022-23 Season

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.


First-year Jack Crook secured a 7-2 decision in Harvard's Senior Night on Feb. 17 at the Malkin Athletic Center. Crook was an instrumental team member for the Crimson this year in the 149- and 157-pound weight classes, fastening many victories.

Four Harvard Wrestlers Earn National Tournament Bids at EIWA Championships

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.


In 2020, then-first-year Philip Conigliaro battles a Penn wrestler on the mat. Congiliaro, now a junior, was one of four Harvard wrestlers that received a bid to the 2023 NCAA Tournament this month.

A Tarantino Movie

Junior 184-pounder Leo Tarantino takes down Columbia's Aaron Ayzerov in Harvard's decisive 19-18 win over the Lions last week. Tarantino had a huge take-down that scored three points important to the Crimson's victory.

Harvard Wrestling Pins Down Two More Wins, Increasing Record to 3-4

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.

Harvard Wrestling Defeats Princeton, 20-18, for the First Time in a Decade

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.


Senior captain and Harvard heavyweight Yaraslau Slavikouski battles Princeton's senior Travis Stefanik at 285 lbs on January 21. The Belarus native defeated the Princeton wrestler, securing the Crimson's big win.

Die-go with the Flow

No. 22 sophomore wrestler Diego Sotelo of Harvard wrestling suits up for his match with Princeton's junior Nick Kayal on January 27 at 125 lbs. Sotelo went on to win the dual, 6-0, remaining undefeated in Ivy League matches this season.

Conference Champion Conigliaro Ends NCAAs Run Just Short of All-American

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.

Eyes on the Prize

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.

Quaking in Their Boots

Harvard Wrestling competes against Penn in a 22-19 loss on Feb. 1, 2020. This weekend, they suffered a 27-3 loss to Columbia before bouncing back, 24-19, the next day against Hofstra.

Harvard Men's Wrestling Faces Columbia, Hofstra with Mixed Outcomes

The Harvard men’s wrestling team faced tough competition in an Ivy League and EIWA dual meet at Columbia’s Levien Gymnasium on Friday, with a crushing defeat to the hosts. The Crimson then showed resilience as it redeemed itself with a road win over Hofstra the next afternoon, 24-19, in an EIWA dual matchup at the Davis S. Mack Physical Education Center.

Yaraslau Slavikouski: The Pinnacle of Discipline

Slavikouski, the unanimous selection for Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the first Harvard wrestler to win the honor in 16 years, has been staying active despite the hiatus in Ancient Eight contests. Currently, he is training in his home country of Belarus and is set to compete at the U23 Nationals at the end of March, followed by the European Championships.

A Fighter

Yaraslau Slavikouski, right, trains in preparation for a full slate of competitions across Europe. In January, the sophomore wrestler earned bronze in Belarus Senior Nationals.

Wrestling Secures 12th Place at EIWA Championships

Four wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, and two freshmen punched their tickets to the National Championship next week.

Tempers Flare, Suspense Reigns as Wrestling Falls to Princeton, Penn

It has been a season of ups and downs so far for the Crimson. The team has racked up three individual tournament wins and 17 top-eight finishes overall, but has also found wins hard to come by in dual meets.

Pinned Down

Harvard’s wrestling team fell to Ancient Eight rivals in Princeton and Penn this past weekend. Despite a lack of success in dual meets, the Crimson has amassed impressive performances at tournaments, including three individual wins and 17 top-eight finishes.


The Crimson opened its season at the Bearcat Open this past weekend.

Wrestling Prepares to Face Nation's Top Teams in Las Vegas

This weekend, the Crimson will be heading across the country to take on some of the nation’s top competition at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

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