Badger Earns Bronze, Harvard Fencing in Fourth After Day Two of NCAA Championship
The Harvard men's fencing team earned 75 victories in its share of the 2013 NCAA Championship (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
SAN ANTONIO – Sophomore epee Peregrine Badger earned the bronze medal in his second showing at the NCAA Championship and the Harvard men's fencing team concluded its share of the 2013 tournament in fourth place with 75 victories. The Crimson collected four All-Americans honors on the second day of competition.
Badger entered the medal round as the top-seed after going 17-6 with a +27 indicator. In the semifinal, the second-year met 2012 bronze medalist Marco Canevari. Badger faced a four-point deficit, 10-6, with only a few seconds remaining in the bout, but battled back to within one before time expired. Badger picked up a first team All-American accolade for his performance. The epee was a second team All-American in 2012 after finishing the competition in sixth place.
Junior epee Michael Raynis wrapped up the tournament in 11th place. The junior's 13-10 record and +9 indicator earned him an All-American Honorable Mention. Raynis previously took home second team All-American honors as a freshman in 2011.
Sophomore Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo ended their postseasons as second team All-Americans. Kaneshige finished in seventh at 15-8 with a +21 indicator and Woo went 14-9 to take eighth place with a +19 differential. This is the second All-American honor for Kaneshige, who took 12th a year ago.
The final two rounds of the sabre were not as generous to junior Eric Arzoain and sophomore Alexander Ryjik. Arzoain concluded the competition in 16th place with a 9-14 (-8) record, while Ryjik took 21st at 7-16 (-20).
After two days, Penn State leads the team total with 94 victories. Princeton (83), Notre Dame (77), Harvard and Ohio State (70) round out the top five.
The women's rounds begin with the foil competition on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. For complete results, please click here.