Men's Fencing Stands Ninth After Day One of NCAA Championships

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Senior co-captain Benjamin Ungar won 11 bouts in the men's epee Friday to help the Crimson finish ninth after day one of competition at the 2009 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by Penn State. Harvard sits ninth with 27 team points, while the Nittany Lions are in first with 61. 

Ungar, a 2006 individual national champion, picked up victories in 11 of his 14 matches and scored 63 touches for a +31 indicator rating, the best among all epee fencers.  Junior Karl Harmenberg ranks 16th in the same weapon after the first four rounds, as he won six bouts, amassed 50 touches and posted a -6 indicator rating.  

In the sabre division, freshman Valentin Staller posted six wins and sits in 14th place at his first NCAA meet.  Staller finished the day with 51 touches and a -10 indicator rating.  Senior co-captain Kai Itameri-Kinter collected four wins in the foil and scored 47 touches, placing him 20th.

Action resumes Friday with rounds 5-7 of all three men's weapons beginning at 9:30 a.m.