CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening up the season in University Park for the Penn State open, the men's fencing program begins their journey to a national championship after finishing fifth in last year's tournament. Competition will begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 and will continue through Nov. 4. Athletes competing in the sabre event will have a start time of 12 p.m. on both days.
Harvard looks to improve upon last year's fifth place NCAA finish, while posting 17-2 record to become Ivy League Champions. The Crimson returns four of the five members who competed at the 2018 NCAA Championships: Eli Dershwitz, Erwin Cai, George Haglund and Geoffrey Tourette.
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- Five new members to the fencing will program will make their college debut on Saturday including Max Bahdanovich, Andrew Lee, Jason Oh, Daniel Solomon and new assistant coach Matteo Zennaro.
- Decorated senior Eli Dershwitz and junior Duncan Rheingans-Yoo will lead the men for the 2018-19 season.
- Head Coach Peter Brand returns for his 20th season at the helm for the Crimson.
- Eli Dershwitz ranks as number one in the world after an eventful summer of world competitions.
The Crimson looks to Fairfield, Conn. take part in the Sacred Heart Invitational. Harvard will face Temple, NYU, Penn State, Sacred Heart and conclude with Vassar during the day's events on Dec. 2.