Dershwitz Clinches Second Straight NCAA Championship Crown

Dershwitz Clinches Second Straight NCAA Championship Crown

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Taking to the strip for the 2018 NCAA Championships at Penn State this weekend, March 22-25, Eli Dershwitz of the No. 2 Harvard men's fencing team became a two-time NCAA Champion in the sabre category. The junior co-captain defeated Wayne State's Ziad Elsissy 15-14 in the final round to clinch his second straight individual crown and become the first men's fencer in program history to win back-to-back titles. Dershwitz helped Harvard to a fifth-place overall finish in this year's tournament.

Dershwitz annihilated his competition during the round robins, posting a perfect 23-0 record and led the sabre category in touch-differential at plus-63 before progressing to the final four. His unblemished record earned him a spot in the No. 1 slot in the finals, first facing Penn State's Andrew Mackiewicz. Dershwitz took down fourth-seeded Mackiewicz 15-9 to advance to the finals against Elsissy. Dershwitz has now earned All-America first team honors in each of his three seasons at Harvard. 

Erwin Cai also competed in the sabre category for the Crimson, tallying a 14-9 overall record over the course of the tournament and a plus-18 touch differential to finish in eighth place. The sophomore earned All-America second team honors for the first time in his career.

In foil, freshman Geoffrey Tourette recorded 13 wins and a plus-nine touch variance, earning seventh place at the conclusion of the event and All-America second team accolades. George Haglund also competed for the Crimson in foil, registering 10 wins for a 16th-place finish.

Charles Horowitz was the sole Harvard fencer in the epee category. The freshman earned a 12-11 record to finish 12th in the tournament and earn an All-America honorable mention.  

The Crimson finished the season with a 17-2 overall record and 5-1 in Ivy League action.