The Crimson looks for its seventh Beanpot title (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 6 Harvard men's fencing team looks to continue its dominance over its Beantown rivals Wednesday, Feb. 12 as the Crimson makes the short trek to MIT for the fencing Beanpot. Fencing is set to commence at 5:30 p.m.
The combination of a 4-1 record and a Princeton win over top-ranked Columbia, Harvard earned a share of the 2014 Ivy League title Sunday, Feb. 9 at Brown's Olney-Margolies Athletic Center. The back-to-back title marks the eighth overall for Harvard and third in four years.
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The Battle of Beantown on the fencing strip began in 2008. Every year since the inception, Harvard has swept the field to hold all six Beanpot titles.
Five Harvard fencers garnered All-Ancient Eight status with their performances at the Ivy League Round-Robins Feb. 8-9. Jerry Chang, Alexander Ryjik and Michael Woo earned spots on the first team while Duncan O'Brien and Alexander Eldeib received second team nods.
Rank and File
In the initial CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll, the Crimson men ranked fifth, but has since slipped to sixth in the Feb. 6 poll.
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Since Harvard men's fencing began in 1902, the Crimson has seen 62 opponents on the strip. The Crimson has not a match to 35 of its all-time competitors to hold unbeaten records against 56. 5 percent of its all-time foes.
North American Cups
Over the course of three months, 14 Harvard fencers took the strip at USA Fencing's North American Cups to compete against athletes from across the United States and Canada attempting to qualify for both the 2014 Senior and Junior World Championships. The Crimson notched three podium finishes. Jerry Chang and Nina van Loon grabbed gold in the Junior brackets for their respective weapons, while Adrienne Jarocki took home silver in the Division I women's sabre.
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Foil fencers Jerry Chang and Michael Woo have made a statement on the international strips for team USA this year as the sophomores have captured Junior World Cup Medals. Chang brought back bronze from the Eden Cup Saturday, Nov. 30, while Woo won bronze at the Udine Junior World Cup Sunday, Jan. 5.
Red, White and Bronze
Jerry Chang and Brian Kaneshige finished 75th and 86th, respectively, to help the world's top ranked United States men's foil team earn its seventh straight podium finish with a bronze medal performance at the Paris World Cup, the first senior international event of the season, Jan. 18-20.
Trust in Brand
Peter Brand enters his 15th season at the helm of the Crimson. Under his guidance, Harvard captured its first NCAA team championship in 2006, won a combined four Intercollegiate Fencing Association three-weapon titles, two IFA six-weapon championships and a combined eight Ivy League titles – three by the women and five by the men. He also has coached 37 All-Americans in his time behind Harvard's bench. Brand sports a 160-61 overall record on the men's side and a 43-38 mark against Ivy League foes.
About No. 6 Harvard
Coming off its eight Ivy League title, Harvard brings a 9-6 record into the Beanpot. The Crimson's performance has been propelled by its foil squad. Michael Woo and Jerry Chang lead the way for the foil fencers with 23-7 and 29-17 marks, respectively. Alexander Ryjik and Duncan O'Brien pace Harvard's sabre fencers while Alexander Eldeib leads the way on the strip for the Crimson's epeeist.
The Judges enter the Beanpot following a perfect showing at the Duke Invitational Feb. 8, which include a 15-12 victory over No. 10 Duke. Junior Noah Berman and senior Julian Cardillo have propelled Brandeis' foil squad which paces the team's 19-6 effort. Sophomore Ari Feingirsch and junior Adam Mandel lead the epee and sabre fencers, respectively.
All-Time Versus the Judges
Harvard looks for its 12th straight win over Brandeis on Wednesday. The Massachusetts opponents have competed against one another 57 times with the Crimson boasting a 46-11 edge over the Judges.
About Boston College
After three tournaments and 15 opponents, the Eagles sit 3-12. Boston College has received a solid performance from its sabre team thus far this season with senior Deven Midgley leading the way. In the foil, sophomores Hanmin Lee and Peter Wetzel have made an impact. Senior epeeist Marcus Chan has provided a strong showing on the strip for the Eagles this season.
All-Time Versus the Eagles
Harvard has clashed with its local rival Boston College 14 times since 1993 and has not dropped a single match against the Eagles.
The Engineers bring a 15-10 record into the Beanpot after a 1-4 performance at the Duke Invitational Feb. 8. An upperclassman/underclassman duo pace each of MIT's weapons. The sabre squad is led by freshman Benjamin Lin and senior Ehsna Izadmehr. Senior Joey Rafidi and rookie Sam Judd pace the epeeist while junior David Wyrobnik and sophomore Scott Robinson have dominated in the foil.
All-Time Versus the Engineers
Wednesday's dual marks the 115th meeting between the Cambridge foes since 1903. Currently on a seven-match win streak, the Crimson owns the series, 94-18-1.
Harvard returns to action Sunday, March 9, at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Wellesley College. The Crimson will look to earn bids to the NCAA Championships later in the month, March 19-23 at Ohio State.