Harvardian Wins National Wrestling Title

Wrestler J.P. O'Connor ’10 won the national title in the 157-pound class at the NCAA tournament.

Harvard wrestler J. P. O'Connor ’10 won the NCAA championship in the 157-pound class last weekend at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The final match, described in detail by the Harvard Crimson, saw O'Connor come from behind to capture a 6-4 victory over Chase Pami of California Polytechnic, a rival who had eliminated O'Connor at the NCAA tournament a year ago, winning the match with only 12 seconds left. O'Connor's victory caps  the first perfect season (35-0) in history for a Harvard grappler. At the NCAAs, O'Connor was so dominant that he won his first four matches by a cumulative score of 42-6. He is the third national champion in Crimson wrestling history, joining John Harkness ’38 and Jesse Jantzen ’04.

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