No. 6 Men’s Fencing Searches for Third-Straight Title at Ivy League Round Robins

Dershwitz leads the Crimson with 23 wins through two tournaments (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's fencing team will look for its third-straight conference championship at the 2015 Ivy League Fencing Round Robins February 8-9. The Crimson went 4-1 at last year's event.

Last Time Out
In its second tournament of the season, Harvard men's fencing went 4-1, winning a tie-breaker over Penn State and Columbia, to win the St. John's Invitational. The foil squad's three fencers, Jerry Chang, Stephen Mageras and Michael Woo, went 5-0 as a group with each tallying 10 wins for the Crimson. The sabre fencers went 2-3 as a unit, with Eli Dershwitz leading the way with 11 wins, and Alexander Eldeib led the epee fencers with 10 victories.

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By The Numbers
Eight student-athletes sport a record above .500, with six winning more than 16 bouts. The team has combined to win 147 individual matches, winning 60.5% of the points available.

Fencer

Weapon

Record

Winning %

Eli Dershwitz
Jerry Chang
Michael Woo
Stephen Mageras
Alexander Eldeib
Duncan O'Brien

Sabre
Foil
Foil
Foil
Epee
Sabre

23-4
20-6
17-8
17-9
17-10
17-10

.852
.769
.680
.654
.630
.630

 

 

 

 




Behind the Crimson

 

Honor Roll
Freshman sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz was named the ECAC Fencer of the Week on December 11, 2014 after opening his collegiate career with a 12-0 start at the Tradition Tournament. He toppled opponents from Penn State, Vassar, NYU and Sacred Heart at the event.

Scouting Brown
Brown (15-5) has competed in four team events in 2014-15. The Bears most recently went 4-2 at the Eric Sollee Invitational, hosted by MIT, and defeated Haverford, Stevens Tech, Hunter and Duke. Harvard is 37-2 all-time against Brown. 

Scouting No. 4 Columbia
Columbia (11-5) took on the Crimson earlier this season at the St. John's Invitational, falling 17-10. The Lions most recently competed at the NYU Invitational, going 1-3 with a win over Wayne State. Harvard is 36-68 in the series history with the Lions.

Scouting No. 8 Penn
Penn (14-6) has fenced at the OSU, Penn State and Philadelphia Invitationals, and the NYU Duals. The Quakers had its best result at the Philadelphia Invitational, where it went 6-0 with victories against Haverford, Sacred Heart, Duke, John's Hopkins, NJIT and Lafayette. Harvard sports a 24-54 record against Penn.

Scouting No. 7 Princeton
Princeton (16-5) enters the Round Robins after a 10-2 event at Northwestern. The Tigers have also fenced at Ohio State (2-3) and Sacred Heart (4-0). Harvard is 23-49-1 all-time versus Princeton.

Scouting Yale
Yale (7-8) has taken on opponents at the Brandeis, Vassar and NYU Invitationals, and also fell in a single match to Sacred Heart on January 31. Harvard is 39-64 in program history against the Elis, and has won the last five meetings.

Season Preview

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand is in his 16th season at the helm for the Crimson, posting a winning record in each of the last 13 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won six Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 169-75 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.

Fresh Faces
Harvard has added two freshmen to the 2014-15 roster in sabre fencers Eli Dershwitz and Eric Zhao. Dershwitz has been dominant on the international circuit, winning gold at the Junior World Cup in Budapest earlier this year and in Sosnowiec in 2013. Zhao has fenced internationally as well, competing in Poland in 2013 and placing sixth at the Cadet North American Cup in 2011.

Aye Aye, Captain
Brian Kaneshige '15 and Duncan O'Brien '16 were named the captains for the 2014-15 campaign, marking the 19th time in program history that the Crimson has had two captains. Both enter their first year as team captains.

Last Season
Harvard went 12-6 during the 2013-14 season, finishing fifth as a team at the NCAA Championships. Returners Brian Kaneshige and Michael Woo, in addition to departed seniors Michael Raynis and Eric Arzoian earned All-America status last year, while junior Jerry Chang earned first team All-Ivy recognition.

Harvard returned seven letterwinners from last year's squad:  Sabre Duncan O'Brien; foil fencers Chang, Kaneshige, Stephen Mageras, and Woo; and epeeists in Alexander Eldeib and Nicolas Simko.

Coming Up
Harvard competes next at the Beanpot, hosted by Brandeis, on Feb. 11. The Crimson has won the event in each of the last seven years.