Harvard Men’s Fencing Secures Two Gold Medals at NCAA Regionals

Harvard Men’s Fencing Secures Two Gold Medals at NCAA Regionals

Badger was one of two Crimson fencers to take gold at the 2012 NCAA Northeast Regional championship on Sunday, hosted by Boston College. (Gil Talbot)"

NEWTON, Mass. – Highlighted by gold medals by freshman Peregrine Badger in the epee and sophomore Eric Arzoian with the saber, the sixth-ranked Harvard men's fencing team brought home a total of three medals and seven top-10 finishes at the NCAA Northeast Region championship Sunday at Boston College.

Badger finished in the top-spot in the epee competition in front of Nicholas Vomero of St. John's and teammate Michael Raynis, who took second and third, respectively. Senior captain James Hawrot also had a solid showing coming in fifth in the epee field.

In the saber it was Arzoian that stood atop of the podium at the end of the day as he bested Marty Williams of Sacred Heart and Alejandro Rojas of St. John's, who finished second and third behind Arzoian. Teammate, senior Valentin Staller, placed sixth, while junior Thomas Kolasa also finished in the top-10, as he took eighth. Freshman Alexander Ryjik came in just outside of the top-10 plateau in the field, placing 12th.

Sophomore Lucas Lin was Harvard's best entrant with the foil, as the White Plains, N.Y., native finished in fifth place. Freshman Brian Kanshige nearly cracked the top-10 when he placed 12th while junior Thomas Snell finished the day 23rd.

Selections for the NCAA Championship March 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio, will be finalized Tuesday.