No. 8 Men’s Fencing Seeks 10th-Straight Beanpot Title

No. 8 Men’s Fencing Seeks 10th-Straight Beanpot Title

Rheingans-Yoo paces the foil squad with a 23-14 and a plus-48 touch differential (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Looking to clinch its 10th-straight Beanpot title, the No. 8 Harvard men's fencing team will close its regular season at the 2017 Beanpot Tournament hosted by Boston College.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's fencing team finished fifth at the Ivy League Championships, tallying a 1-4 record over the course of the tournament. Sophomore Eli Dershwitz led the Crimson with a 14-1 record, registering a plus-44 touch differential.


Recap: Men's Fencing Ivy League Championships
Feb 13, 2017

Feb. 12, 2017


Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Sabre: Eli Dershwitz, 28-5, +76
Foil: Duncan Rheingans-Yoo, 23-14, +48
Epee: Albert Chien, 23-25, -2

About the Beanpot
The fencing Beanpot has been played since 2008 and Harvard has claimed the title in all eight years, beating out cross town rivals Boston College, Brandeis and MIT. 


Wednesday, Feb. 15 

 6 p.m.

 Harvard vs Brandeis


 7:10 p.m.

 Harvard vs MIT


 8:20 p.m.

 Harvard vs BC

The Beanpot Series
Harvard leads the series against all Beanpot opponents, with its longest active win streak against Boston College, securing 18 victories since the start of its bouts in 1993.




Last Played



vs. Boston College     
vs. Brandeis
vs. MIT 

18-0, Harvard leads
50-11, Harvard leads
96-18-1, Harvard leads     

Feb. 10, 2016      
Feb. 10, 2016
Feb. 10, 2016 

W, 22-5     
W, 21-6
W, 19-8 


All-Ivy League Accolades
Eli Dershwitz was named to the All-Ivy first team along with teammate George Haglund. Eric Zhao was selected to the second team.

Feeling Great at Number Eight
In the most recent CollegeFencing360 poll, Harvard has been ranked at No. 8. This marks the 13th-consecutive season that the men's squad has been ranked in the top-10. Harvard has been ranked in every poll since 2005.

Last Season
Harvard went 10-3 during the 2015-16 season, finishing seventh as a team at the NCAA Championships. Senior Stephen Mageras finished the NCAA Tournament with his first All-America accolade with a 14-9 record and a plus-18 touch differential joining the second team. Michael Woo '16 tallied his third All-America selection finishing with a plus-16 touch differential and a 14-9 mark joining Mageras on the second team.

Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 187-82 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.

Captaining the Ship
Senior Stephen Mageras and junior Eric Zhao have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard men's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

What's Next?
The NCAA Regional Championships will be hosted by Yale University on March 12.