Solid Showing for No. 2 Men's Fencing at St. John's Super Cup

Solid Showing for No. 2 Men's Fencing at St. John's Super Cup

Sophomore Thomas Kolasa was part of the Crimson's saber group that led the way Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

QUEENS, N.Y. – The No. 2-ranked Harvard men's fencing team went 3-2 Sunday, defeating No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Columbia and host No. 3 St. John's at the St. John's Super Cup.

The Crimson defeated the Buckeyes, this year's host of the national championship, and Ivy League rival Columbia by identical scores of 18-9. It also topped tournament host St. John's, 16-11. The men suffered losses to both No. 1 Notre Dame and defending national champion No. 4 Penn State by a score of 16-11.

It was the Harvard saber squad that led the Crimson Sunday, losing only one match during the team's dual against St. John's while defeating everyone else. Junior co-captain Valentin Staller, freshman Eric Arzoian, and sophomores Thomas Kolasa and Michael Tom were the contributors in the group

"(The saber group) had a really good day," said Harvard head coach Peter Brand. "The teams there probably represented the best collegiate fencing in America and what they did was just terrific."

The men return to action Feb. 6 across town at Cambridge rival MIT for the MIT Invitational.