After a boastful fifth-place finish at the North American Cup, freshman Duncan Rheingans-Yoo is set to return to collegiate action (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to the strips for the first time in 2017, Harvard men's fencing will travel to Queens, New York to compete in the St. John's Invitational on Jan. 21. The Crimson will see competitors from Columbia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and the host Red Storm.
The Harvard men's fencing team opened its 2016-17 campaign at the Tradition Tournament at Sacred Heart. The team finished the weekend with a 4-1 overall record after toppling Vassar (24-3), Penn State (15-12), Sacred Heart (19-8) and NJIT (16-11).
The underclassmen led the men's team over the course of the tournament. Sophomore Albert Chien led the charge for epee, finishing the weekend 10-5 with a plus-12-touch differential. Freshman George Haglund paced the foil fencers, finishing 10-2 with a plus-23-touch differential, while freshman Erwin Cai finished the weekend with a team-best plus-32 differential and an 11-4 record.
Harvard Leaders by Weapon
Epee: Albert Chien, 10-5, +12
Foil: George Haglund, 10-2, +23
Sabre: Erwin Cai, 11-4, +32
Scouting the Field
Harvard tallied a 4-1 mark at the 2015 St. John's Invitational, rattling off four consecutive victories over Columbia (17-10), Notre Dame (15-12), Ohio State (17-10) and St. John's (14-13). The Crimson fell to Penn State 15-12.
Leading the Way
Head coach Peter Brand enters his 19th season at the helm for the Crimson, which has posted a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons under his watch. Harvard has won eight Ivy League Championships during his tenure, while also winning the 2006 National Championship. Brand owns a 189-79 record on the men's side and has coached a combined 47 All-Americans at Harvard.
Sophomore Eli Dershwitz competed for the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dershwitz is the seventh Harvard fencer to compete in the Olympics, with the last being Emily Cross '09 and Noam Mills '12 who both competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Serborn, Massachusetts native is the top-ranked U.S. saber fencer, and was the youngest fencer to compete for the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics at the age of 20.
Captaining the Ship
Senior Stephen Mageras and junior Eric Zhao have been chosen by their teammates as the Harvard men's fencing captains for the 2016-17 season.
The men will go head-to-head with NYU on Feb. 4 at the Malkin Athletic Center. Competition is set to begin at 1 pm and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.