Men’s Fencing Takes Fifth at Ivy League Championships

Haglund paced the Crimson with a 12-3 record at the tournament (Gil Talbot). 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The No. 7 Harvard men's fencing team finished fifth at the Ivy League Championships. The Crimson tallied a 1-4 record over the course of the tournament.

Sophomore Eli Dershwitz led the Crimson (7-9) with a 14-1 record, registering a plus-44 touch differential. Dershwitz was named to the All-Ivy first team along with teammate George Haglund. Eric Zhao was named to the second team.

Harvard started off the weekend against No. 6 Princeton. Although the foil and sabre squads finished within one point of Princeton, the Crimson was unable to catch the Tigers, falling 14-13.   

Next up, Harvard faced No. 5 Penn on the strips. Although Dershwitz notched a 3-0 record against the Quakers, that would not be enough for the Crimson, falling 17-10 to Penn.  

On Sunday, Harvard went head-to-head with No. 1 Columbia. Once again, Dershwitz registered 3-0 mark against his competitors. Haglund contributed a 2-1 record to the board, but that would not be enough for the Crimson. Harvard fell to Columbia 14-13.

Next up, Harvard met Brown on the strips. The sabre and foil squads earned a win against the Bears. Dershwitz paced the sabre team, adding 12 to his overall touch differential. Haglund contributed a 3-0 record and a plus-14 tally to the board. Albert Chien notched a 2-1 record against Brown. Harvard bested the Bears, 20-7.

In the final bouts of the championships, Harvard faced Yale. Dershwitz notched another 3-0 sweep, adding 11 to his overall touch differential. On the foil strips, all three members of the Crimson registered a 2-1 record. Harvard was unable to outlast the Bulldogs, falling 14-13. 

Harvard will have a quick turnaround, heading to Boston College on Wednesday Feb. 15 to compete in the Beanpot.