Thomas Kolasa's road to the podium in the Division I men's sabre event at the December North American Cup included an upset of a second-seeded fencer (Photo: Gil Talbot).
Milwaukee, Wis. – Thomas Kolasa, a senior on the Harvard men’s fencing team, earned a place on the podium and a bronze medal in the Division I men’s sabre event Monday afternoon at the December North American Cup. The two-time first team All-Ivy League selection tied for third with Jonah Shainberg.
Kolasa went 5-1 in his pools to earn a bye into the table of 64. The Princeton, N.J., native next earned a convincing 15-2 victory over Curtis Wilson before retiring Alex Rey Palabrica, 15-7. In the table of 16, Kolasa upset second-seeded Andrew Mackiewicz, 15-14, in a tightly contested bout. He punched his ticket to the semifinals with another 15-14 win, but his run ended there as Luther Clement edged the Harvard fencer, 15-14.
Kolasa is the second Crimson to win a medal in North American Cup competition in the last two months. Jerry Chang previously won gold in the junior men’s foil event and bronze in the Division I men’s foil competition.
Michael Woo finished ninth in the Division I men’s foil event this weekend.
Kolasa and the Harvard men’s fencing team head to Queens, N.Y., Jan. 26 for the St. John’s Invitational.