Ungar Garners All-America Status; Crimson Sits 10th in Team Standings
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Harvard senior Benjamin Ungar completed his career with All-America first-team status as he finished third in the epee at the NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Penn State at the Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility. With the second All-America selection of his career, Ungar extended Harvard's streak to four seasons of earning at least one All-America choice.
Harvard finished the men's portion of the NCAA Championships in 10th with 36 points, while the Nittany Lions stand first with 98.
Ungar, who entered Friday in first place after winning 11 of 14 bouts Thursday, won four more matches at the second day of competition to finish the preliminary rounds with a 15-8 record, good for third place. The Harvard co-captain managed 32 touches in rounds 5-7 and boasted a +27 indicator rating entering the semifinals.
In the semifinal round, Ungar, the 2006 individual national champion in the epee, faced Slava Zingerman of Wayne State. Zingerman, the No. 2 seed, topped Ungar, who was seeded third in the championship bracket, by a 15-11 margin to advance to the gold-medal bout.
In the men's sabre, freshman Valentin Staller nearly qualified for All-America honorable mention as he finished 15th with nine victories, three of which came in action Friday. Staller earned 78 touches during the tournament and posted a -21 indicator rating. Senior co-captain Kai Itameri-Kinter won two bouts in the foil Friday, as he placed 20th in the weapon. Itameri-Kinter accumulated 73 touches overall, including 26 in rounds 5-7.
Karl Harmenberg also competed in
the epee and had 66 touches for 23rd place.
Competition in the NCAA Championships continues Saturday with the beginning of the women's events. The matches will begin at 9:40 a.m.