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No. 6 Harvard Men's Fencing Opens 2013 at St. John's Invitational

Thomas Kolasa went 10-4 in the men's sabre (Gil Talbot).

QUEENS, N.Y. – The No. 6 Harvard men's fencing team opened 2013 at the St. John's Invitational Saturday, as the Crimson earned a victory over No. 7 Columbia.

Harvard topped the Lions, 18-9, winning the sabre, 8-1, and the foil and epee by 5-4 margins. The Crimson faced several other top teams, but fell to No. 1 Ohio State, 16-11, No. 2 Penn State, 18-9 and No. 3 Notre Dame, 17-10. Harvard also suffered a narrow defeat to No. 5 St. John's 14-13, finishing the day with a 1-4 record. The Crimson is now 5-5 on the year.

Thomas Kolasa and Alexander Ryjik led Harvard with 10 victories in the sabre, while Brian Kaneshige went 9-6 in the foil.

In the match with the top-ranked Buckeyes, the Crimson won the sabre, 6-3, but dropped the foil, 7-2, and the epee, 6-3. Harvard also won the sabre against Penn State, 6-3, while falling in the other two weapons by 7-2 margins.

Notre Dame swept the Crimson, taking the sabre and foil, 5-4, and the epee, 7-2. Harvard defeated the Red Storm in the epee, 5-4, but fell by 5-4 scores in the other two weapons.

In the men's epee, Michael Raynis paced the Crimson with seven victories, while Ben White earned five wins on the day. Eric Arzoian picked up seven wins in the sabre, and Lucas Lin won six matches in the foil.

The Crimson will host the Ivy League Championships at Gordon Indoor Track Feb. 9-10.