Five Freshmen to Join Men's Fencing in 2016-17
The incoming Crimson will join two All-America selections from last year's squad (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Peter Brand, the head coach of the Harvard men's fencing team, has announced the addition of five freshmen for the upcoming 2016-17: Matthew Branman (foil), Erwin Cai (sabre), Philippe Guy (sabre), George Haglund (foil) and Duncan Reingans-Yoo (foil).
Branman hails from Villanova, Pennsylvania, while Cai is a native of Manetta, Georgia. Guy joins Harvard from San Diego, California, Haglund is from Califon, New Jersey, and Rheingans-Yoo joins from Columbia, Maryland.
The five incoming freshman will join a team that went 10-3 in 2015-16 and has five All-Ivy and two All-America honorees returning.
Meet the Class of 2020
Matthew Branman | Foil |Villanova, Pa. | The Lawrenceville School
One of four men's foil fencers selected to represent the US at the 2016 Junior World Championships in Bourges, France …. Placed ninth at the Junior World Championships in the U20 men's foil (2016) … Finshed fifth at the Junior World Cup in France (2016) … Won silver at the Junior North American Cup (2015) … Placed seventh at the Division One North American Cup (2015) … Won the gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championships (2015) … Finished third at the 2014 Junior World Cup … Won gold at the Junior North American Cup (2014) … AP Scholar with Honors … Volunteer fencing coach training Chinese Youth in Shanghai, China … Sister, Alexandra, member of the Wesleyan varsity women's crew team.
Erwin Cai | Sabre | Manetta, Ga. | Wheeler
Fenced at Nellya Fencers … 2016 Cadet World Champion in the mixed team division … The 2016 Cadet silver medalist in the individual men's sabre … The 2015 European Cadet Cup Champion in the Konn individual men's sabre … Finished second in the 2014 European Cadet Cup in the Godollo individual men's sabre … Recognized as a four-time national champion … Is a three-time North American Cup champion … Co-President of the Academic Bowl Team … National Honors Society … Received awards for performance in the mathematics and Spanish concentrations … Performed 140 hours of community service in high school.
Philippe Guy |Sabre | San Diego, Calif. | Canyon Crest Academy
Fenced at Spartak Fencing Club … Bronze medalist at the Junior World Cup team event in Phoenix, Arizona (2016) … Finished fifth at the Junior North American Cup in Salt Lake City, Utah (2015) … Was the Cadet Summer Nationals champion (2014) … Captained the 2016 US Junior National Team at the Phoenix World Cup … AP Scholar … Performed in a Russian theater troupe … Father, Dmitriy, is a former US Open champion.
George Haglund | Foil |Califon, N.J. | Newark Academy
Fenced at Durkan Fencing Academy … Ranked third in the individual Junior World rankings at the end of the 2016 season … Ranked first in the team Junior World rankings at the end of the 2016 season … Finished second at the Men's Fencing Cadet World Championship in 2014 … Recognized as all-state first team (2013) … Newark Academy cum laude society (2015-16).
Duncan Rheingans-Yoo | Foil | Columbia, Md. | Oakland Mills
Fenced at Baltimore Fencing Club … Won the bronze medal at the USAF Junior Olympics in the U20 foil (2015) … Placed second at the USAF Division 1-A National Championships in foil (2014) … Given an A rating by the USA Fencing Association (USAF) … Member of the USA International designated U20 foil team (2013-present) … Member of the USA International designated U17 foil team (2013-14) … Received National AP Scholar Award … A finalist in the Fox 45 Champions of Courage Essay Competition (2014) … Four-year high school string orchestra participant … Active member in community.