Dershwitz tallied a +24 touch-differential over the course of the tournament (Gil Talbot).
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Harvard men's fencing team was challenged at the St. John's Invitational, tallying a 1-4 finish. The Crimson (5-5) were able to tally an 16-11 victory over Penn State.
In the final bouts of the day, Harvard faced Penn State. The Crimson were able to walk away with a 16-11 victory, with scores of 7-2 in sabre, 4-5 foil and 5-4 in epee. Sophomore Eli Dershwitz rattled off a +8-touch differential against the Lions in sabre. Sophomore Albert Chien registered a +8-touch differential in epee against Penn State. Freshman Duncan Rheingans-Yoo finished the match against Penn State with a +4-touch differential.
The men started off the tournament against the host Red Storm; despite a 7-2 finish in foil, the men were not able to earn the point in sabre and epee, falling to St. John's by one, 13-14.
Although the Crimson were able to earn a 6-3 win in foil, Harvard fell to Ohio State, 12-15. The Crimson also faced Notre Dame and Columbia during the tournament, but were unable to gain the point, falling 12-15 and 13-14, respectively.
Harvard will return to the mats on Feb. 4, hosting NYU at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard vs. Penn State: W, 16-11
Harvard vs. St. John's: L, 13-14
Harvard vs. Ohio State: L, 15-12
Harvard vs. Notre Dame: L, 15-12
Harvard vs. Columbia: L, 13-14