Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Hornets wrestling prepares for regionals

The Harvard Hornets wrestling team wrapped up the regular season with a record of 25-2 (4-1), finishing second in the Big Northern Conference to Richmond Burton. The Hornets had previously won seven consecutive BNC championships. The Hornets’ season ended early as their match against Granite City scheduled for Jan. 28 was cancelled. Located in southern Illinois, Granite City needed the date to make up a match that had been postponed due to snow.

Head coach Tim Haak is extremely happy with how his wrestlers have improved throughout the year.

“Our young guys have made major strides this year,” Haak said. “I think the ability of this group to move guys around — to move up a weight class to get a matchup that is better — for our team, has been very helpful. We have a very unselfish group.”

Team captains are Dillon Cowan, Dan Stott, Brad Lovell and Cody Melson.

“We had that consistency of a group that has matured, not only team-wise but person-wise,” Haak said. “Our captains did a great job leading this group.”

Harvard will host the regional tournament starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. Participating teams will include Rockford Lutheran, Genoa Kinston, Hebron, Durand and North Boone. Two new teams to the tournament are Winnebego and Dakota. The Hornets must place in the top three at the regional tournament to qualify for sectionals. They have won 24 consecutive class A regional tournaments.

“There are a lot of good individuals competing at regionals,” Haak said. “The thing we have to do is have depth. How many wrestlers can we place third, second, first? The depth of our program will be challenged.”

Cowan sets record Senior Dillon Cowan set the Hornets’ record this past week with most wrestling victories. Cowan currently has 160 wins, passing up Sergio Figueroa who ended his high school career with 151 and is Harvard’s last state champion. “I thought at the beginning of the year I was going to break it based upon my average number of wins,” said Cowan, who wrestles at 145 pounds.

For the year, Cowan is 37-1. He signed a letter of intent to Northern Michigan University this past fall. Cowan now has his eyes on the state tournament.

“I want to place in state,” Cowan said. “I’m doing what I need to right now. I’m not going to change.”