A two-time captain of Columbia's wrestling program, Steven
Hasenfus was named the Ivy League Wrestler of the Year in 1989 after garnering
first-team All-Ivy League honors in 1987 and 1988. During his senior year, he defeated each of
the six Ivy League opponents he went up against on the mat. He was the first, and is to this day one of
only two, Columbia wrestlers to be honored with the Ivy League's top
The three-time All-East selection, Hasenfus world compile an
overall record of 91-17-1 in a Columbia uniform. His exceptional senior year built on a career
of success since his first-year campaign.
In his first year with the Lions, Hasenfus garnered a 7-3-1 mark and
placed a third at the New York State Championships.
From sophomore year through graduation, he went undefeated
in Ivy League matches. Wrestling at 190
lbs. as a junior, he posted an undefeated 17-0 dual meet record on his way to
capturing the New York State Championships.
It would be the first of his two state titles, winning the Championship
again as a senior.
The New York State Championship was one of the numerous
accomplishments that made the 1988-89 season as exceptional success for the
Duxbury, Massachusetts native. Competing
at 177 lbs. Hasenfus went 9-1 in dual meet matches and wrestled his way to the
Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association Championship, becoming the first
Columbia student-athlete to win since Henry O'Shaughnessy in 1947. His victory in the EIWA Championships came
just one year after his runner-up showing in 1988.
The 1989 season culminated with a trip to the NCAA
tournament for Hasenfus, where he reached the quarterfinals. Hasenfus finished his senior year with a 31-4