Staller Wins Silver Medal at Garret Penn State Open

Staller Wins Silver Medal at Garret Penn State Open

Pictured: Valentin Staller advanced to the final in the sabre by defeating Penn State's Daniel Bak in the semifinal round, 15-11.
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography

Complete Sabre Results
Complete Epee Results
Complete Foil Results

The Harvard men's fencing team competed at the Garret Penn State Open Sunday and earned three top-five finishes.  Sophomore Valentin Staller won the silver medal in the sabre, while freshman Thomas Kolasa placed fifth.  In the epee, sophomore James Hawrot took fifth.

En route to his second-place showing, Staller defeated Penn State's Daniel Bak in the semifinals, winning 15-11.  Classmate Ivan Bochkov also competed in the sabre, finishing 34th.  Hawrot led the Harvard showing in the epee, while senior co-captain Karl Harmenberg placed 18th.  Freshman Ben White, junior Wesley Talcott and freshman Benjamin Cohen placed 32nd, 34th and 51st, respectively.

In the foil, senior Long Ouyang was Harvard's top finisher in that weapon, finishing 26th, while junior Hao Meng was 28th.  Rookie Tommasso di Robilant (39th), freshman Thomas Snell (40th) and junior Nick Culbertson (44th) rounded out the field of Harvard fencers at the meet.

The Crimson will play host to some of the nation's best programs at the Harvard Invitational Sunday, Nov. 29.  Action will get underway at 9:30 a.m.