Dershwitz goes 12-0 on day one of Ivy League Round Robins (Gil Talbot).
NEW YORK – Halfway through the 2015 Ivy League Fencing Round Robins, Harvard is the only team with three wins, posting a 3-1 record after the first day of competition. The Crimson posted wins over Yale (21-6), Brown (23-4), and No. 2 Columbia (17-10), but fell to No. 7 Penn (18-9) in the second matchup of the event.
Eli Dershwitz was a perfect 12-0 in sabre to pace the Crimson, posting the best record of any fencer at the event. Jerry Chang, fencing foil, and Alexander Eldeib, an epee fencer, each posted 10-2 records to lead Harvard in each category.
The Crimson opened the event against Yale, winning in a 21-6 decision. Each weapon class recorded a 7-2 triumph, led by perfect records from Dershwitz, Chang, Eldeib, and Duncan O'Brien.
In round two, Harvard stumbled for the only time in the competition, falling to No. 7 Penn, which went 2-0 on the first day of the Round Robins. The sabre squad got the team off to a 5-4 lead, but back-to-back 7-2 losses in foil and epee sent the Crimson to its only defeat of the day.
Against Brown in the third round, the Crimson put up its best result of the afternoon, posting a 23-4 victory. The sabre and foil groups each went 8-1, led by Dershwitz, O'Brien, Chang and Kaneshige to key Harvard to victory.
In the final bout of the first day of competition, the Crimson knocked off No. 2 Columbia, 17-10. Tied entering the epee matches, Eldeib, Nicolas Simko and Peregrine Badger combined to topple the Lions 8-1 and win the bout.
Harvard continues day two of the Ivy League Round Robins with a matchup against Princeton.
Eli Dershwitz- 12-0
Duncan O'Brien- 8-4
Eric Zhao- 4-8
Alexander Eldeib- 10-2
Nicolas Simko- 6-5
Peregrine Badger- 6-5