Seniors Hawrot and Staller along with Freshman Brian Kaneshige were awarded for their efforts at the 2012 Ivy League Championship with First Team All-Ivy accolades. (Ivy League Athletic Communications)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 3 Harvard men's fencing team defeated Columbia, 15-12, and Brown 18-9, completing the Ivy League championship with a 4-1 record and second-place behind Princeton (5-0). The Crimson also earned four Ivy League awards in the process.
Seniors Valentin Staller and James Hawrot, along with freshman Brian Kaneshige earned first team all-Ivy League honors in the saber, epee, and foil, respectively. Staller went 12-3 over the two-day span, missing out on sharing the individual title by a one win. Hawrot finished third in the epee field with a 10-5 mark and Kaneshige went 11-4 to finish tied for second with Columbia's Alex Pensler and Brown's Barret Weiss. Meanwhile sophomore Lucas Lin landed on the Ivy League's second team in the foil. Lin went 9-6 in the field placing sixth.
After a 2-0 start yesterday (defeating Penn and Yale), Harvard encountered a problem with Princeton who narrowly defeated the Crimson 14-13. The defeat didn't stop Harvard's confidence in day two however as it opened with Columbia and took down the Lions 15-12. With two close scores between the saber (5-4) and epee (4-5) it was the foil that carried the day for the Crimson. Kaneshige and Lin both went 2-1 in their bouts to help lift Harvard to a 6-3 advantage in the grouping and the eventual 15-12 victory.
In the Crimson's final bout of the tournament Harvard squared off with Brown. Harvard's foil and epee division dominated the bears as Kanshige went a perfect 3-0 and Lin recorded a stellar 2-1 mark earning a 6-3 advantage. Both freshman Peregrine Badger and Hawrot fought to 3-0 in the epee field earning the Crimson a 7-2 mark and helped Harvard win 18-9.
Harvard will have a quick turnaround when it hosts the Beanpot tournament at the Malkin Athletic Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m.