UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Harvard men's fencing team dominated competition this weekend at the Penn State Open, its first tournament of the 2017-18 season. The Crimson faced competitors from host Penn State, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Wayne State and Yale.
In foil competition, four members of the Crimson squad were part of the 16 fencers who made it to the final direct-elimination round, including: George Haglund, Matt Branman, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Geoffrey Tourette. Tourette had a standout performance, winning gold in the final bracket 15-6 and reaching a weekend high +23-touch differential in the first pool. Rheingans-Yoo finished the tournament tied for third place with Columbia's Sidarth Kumbla.
Adrian Thein-Sandler captured gold in first place in the epee category, defeating Columbia's Gabe Canaux in the final round. Thein-Sandler had a weekend high +8-touch differential, defeating four out of five fencers in his final pool. Charles Horowtiz claimed a share of bronze in third place, tying with Columbia's Porter Hesslegrave.
Three Crimson fencers advanced to the final round in the sabre category with Erwin Cai sharing bronze in third place with Penn State's Marcel Dolegiewicz. Cai advanced to the semifinal round, before falling to WSU's Ziad El-Sissy 15-12.
The men will return to action at the Vassar tournament held in Poughkeespie, N.Y. on Dec. 3 where they face Vassar, Temple, NYU, Penn State and Sacred Heart.