Men’s Fencing Opens Season with 4-1 Performance at Tradition Tournament

Men’s Fencing Opens Season with 4-1 Performance at Tradition Tournament

The Crimson opens the season at 4-1 for the third straight year (photo courtesy Gil Talbot). 

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Harvard men's fencing team open its 111th season with a 4-1 performance at the Tradition Tournament hosted by Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center Sunday.  

The sabre squad paced the Crimson's performance as senior Eric Arzoian, sophomore Duncan O'Brien and junior Alexander Ryjik each finished the tournament with a 12-3 record. Junior Brian Kaneshige and sophomore Jerry Chang posted 10-5 marks, respectively, in the foil. In his first collegiate tournament, freshman Alexander Eldeib posted a 11-4 record followed by senior Michael Raynis who went 10-5. Nicolas Simko rounded out Harvard's competitors as the sophomore finished the day 9-6 in the epee. 

In the tournament's first round, the Crimson fell to Penn State, 15-12, but bounced back to win four straight duals.  

Harvard downed Vassar, 26-1, to record its first victory of the year before downing Sacred Heart, 17-10. The wins kept the Crimson unbeaten against the Brewers and the Pioneers all-time.  

Harvard met Stevens in round four on the strip for the second time in program history. The Crimson bested the Ducks, 23-4, to hold both victories in the all-time series.  

The Crimson closed out the tournament with a 18-9 win over New York.  

Harvard returns to the strip following the New Year when the Crimson travels to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John's Invitational Jan. 26.  


Round 1
Princeton defeated Sacred Heart, 21-6
Penn State defeated Harvard, 15-12
New York defeated Vassar, 20-7 

Round 2
Penn State defeated Sacred Heart, 19-8
Princeton defeated New York, 18-9
Harvard defeated Vassar, 26-1 

Round 3
Harvard defeated Sacred Heart, 17-9
Penn State defeated Vassar, 25-2 

Round 4
Harvard defeated Stevens, 23-4
Princeton defeated Vassar, 24-3
Penn State defeated New York, 23-4 

Round 5
Sacred Heart defeated Stevens, 16-11
Penn State defeated Princeton, 20-7
Harvard defeated New York, 18-9 

Round 6
Sacred Heart defeated New York, 15-12
Stevens defeated Vassar, 17-10