No. 2 Men’s Fencing Goes 1-1 on Day One of Ivy Championships

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- On day one of the Ivy League Championships, the No. 2 men's fencing team split the day going 1-1. The Crimson bested Yale 16-11, but fell during back-and forth bouts against No. 2 Columbia, 14-13.

In the first bout against Yale, the Crimson edged forward as the sabre squad captured an early 6-3 victory. In their quest to counter the Crimson offense, Cornell's epee team gained a 5-4 victory, but the Crimson's foil team secured the overall Harvard victory after posting a 6-3 record. 

Concluding the day's events against No. 2 Columbia, Harvard continued to teeter with the Lions bringing six of the bouts to a 5-4 decision, in which saw Columbia victories. The sabre squad of Eli Dershwitz, Daniel Solomon and Jason Oh gave the Crimson a 6-3 lead before the Lions answered with their own 6-3 win in foil. Coming down to the epee bouts, the Lions jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Crimson rallied back but ultimately fell in the deciding contest 5-4.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz swept all six of his opponents and tallied a +17-touch differential. Alongside Dershwitz, first-year Daniel Solomon lead the sabre fencers with a 5-1 record on the day.
  • In foil, sophomore Geoffrey Tourette collected four victories and a +11-touch differential.
  • Senior Albert Chien leads the Crimson in epee after collecting four wins and a touch differential of +5.

Results
Harvard 16, No.8 Yale 11
Sabre: 6-3
Foil: 6-3
Epee: 4-5 

Harvard 13, No.2 Columbia 14
Sabre: 6-3
Foil: 3-6
Epee: 4-5

Up Next
The Crimson concludes Ivy League Championship play tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. with contests against No. 10 Penn, No. 5 Princeton and Brown.