No. 3 Harvard Men’s Fencing Opens 2012 at the St. John’s Open

Senior co-captain James Hawort led the No. 3 men's fencing team in the squad's first event of 2012, competing at the St. John's Invitational on Saturday afternoon. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE Mass. – No. 3 Harvard men's fencing opened up the New Year competing at the St. John's Invitational in Queens, N.Y., on Saturday. Crimson fencers compiled a 1-4 record against a field that included No. 5 Ohio State, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 1 Penn State, No. 6 St. John's and Columbia.

Harvard's lone victory came against Ivy League foe Columbia defeating the Lions 16-11. The Crimson suffered close defeats to Ohio State 15-12, Penn State 17-10 Notre Dame 15-12 and St. John's 19-8.

It was a good day for several Crimson freshmen as Peregrine Badger continued his strong rookie campaign going 9-6 through the afternoon while Brian Kanshige led the foil weapon and tied for the best record on the team going 10-5. Senior Valentine Staller was the other Crimson fencer to record a 10-5 mark leading the saber group during the event.

Harvard men's fencing will now regroup and prepare for the Ivy League Championships held on Feb. 11-12 in New Haven, Conn.