No. 6 Men’s Fencing Undefeated After Day 1 of Ivy Round-Robins

No. 6 Men’s Fencing Undefeated After Day 1 of Ivy Round-Robins

O'Brien sits tied for first after the first day of competition (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 6 Harvard men's fencing team brings an unbeaten 3-0  record into the final day of the Ivy League Round-Robins after a full day of competition at Brown's Olney-Margolies Athletic Center.

The Crimson (8-5) posted a convincing 22-5 win against Yale to open the round-robins before upsetting fifth-seeded Princeton, 18-9. Harvard closed the day with a 19-8 victory over No. 7 Penn.

Harvard's efforts on Saturday was bolstered by 21-6 records from the foil and sabre squads, respectively. Sophomores Jerry Chang and Michael Woo were joined by junior Brian Kaneshige to make up Harvard's foil team. The threesome swept the Bulldogs to open the round-robins. Chang and Woo finished the day tied for second with 8-1 records while Kaneshige sits tied for sixth with a 5-4 mark.

In the sabre, junior Alexander Ryjik and sophomore Duncan O'Brien share the lead in the individual standings at 8-1 each, while senior Eric Arzoian posted a 5-4 mark.

The Crimson epeeist combined for a 17-10 mark highlighted by freshman Alexander Eldeib's 7-2 mark which is tied for third in the individual standings. With 5-4 performances, sophomore Nicolas Simko and senior Michael Raynis are knotted for sixth.

The race for the Ivy League crown continues tomorrow. The final day of competition opens with the battle of the unbeaten at 10 a.m. as the Crimson opens action against top-ranked Columbia who also posted an unblemished, 2-0, mark after taking down Penn (17-10) and Brown (18-9) on the first day of action. Harvard concludes the tournament with ninth-ranked Brown at 4:45 p.m.