Badger will enter the final day of the men's epee competition ahead of the pack (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Sophomore epee Peregrine Badger leads his respective field with 11 victories, as the Harvard fencing team concluded day one at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Freeman Coliseum Thursday evening. The Crimson ended the first session of the men's competition in third place with 50 wins.
Badger rattled off 11 victories in 15 matches, ending the day with a +18 scoring differential. Of his eight bouts remaining on day two, three will be against student-athletes currently tied for second with 10 wins. Fellow epee junior Michael Raynis wrapped up the first series in 13th place, with seven wins and a +3 differential.
The foil also yielded 18 victories for the men. Sophomore Brian Kaneshige and freshman Michael Woo both went 9-6 on opening day. Woo, with a +14 scoring differential, is in seventh place. Kaneshige, whose nine wins included a defeat of defending gold medalist Zain Shaito, is only one spot behind in eighth at +8.
Junior Eric Arzoian and sophomore Alexander Ryjik both netted seven victories in the sabre. Arzoian produced a +3 scoring differential and is 12th place, while Ryjik is in the black at +1 in 13th place.
Penn State leads the team total with 63 victories after day one. Princeton (51), Harvard (+47) and Notre Dame (+22) both have 50 wins and Stanford (45) round out the top five.
Men's rounds five through seven will begin Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. The medal bouts will be aired live on ESPN3.com beginning at 2:45 p.m.
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