Tourette and Dershwitz Claim Individual Ivy Titles on Final Day of Fencing Championships

Tourette and Dershwitz Claim Individual Ivy Titles on Final Day of Fencing Championships

Complete Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn.- On the final day of the Ivy League Championships, the No. 2 Harvard men's fencing team swept, with victories over No. 10 Penn, Brown and No. 5 Princeton. Additionally, senior sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz and sophomore foil fencer Geoffrey Tourette captured individual Ivy Champion titles in their respective categories. As a team, the Crimson finished second overall with a 4-1 mark on the weekend.

Beginning the day against No. 10 Penn, the Crimson struck a commanding 8-1 lead when the sabre squad of Dershwitz, Daniel Solomon and Erwin Cai notched a nearly perfect performance. The offensive attack continued as foil fencers Geoffrey Tourette, George Haglund, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo and Matt Branman tallied a 7-2 win over the Quakers. The Crimson sealed the overall 20-7 win with five more tallies in epee.

Moving onto the mid-afternoon bout against Brown, the Crimson proved an overall dominance in each weapons class. Dershwitz, Cai, Solomon and Jason Oh put up another 8-1 performance before the foild squad clinched an overall Crimson victory with the 7-2 record. Sophomore Geoffrey Tourette swept his foil competitors while tabbing two perfect performances and a touch differential of +13. Adding to the offensive fun, the epee group of Albert Chien, Adrien Thein-Sandler, Andrew Lee and Max Bahdanovich held the Bears to a single tally, boasting an 8-1 win.

In his final contest with the Crimson, Eli Dershwitz continued his perfect performance over his competitors from No. 5 Princeton, posting a sweep and +8-touch differential. The Crimson sabre squad continued to post its third 8-1 victory. Both the epee and foil squads tabbed four victories to push the Crimson to a 16-11 overall win and conclude the 2019 Ivy League Championship tournament. 

Following competition, four members received All-Ivy honors. Dershwitz, Tourette and senior epee specialist Albert Chien earned first-team All-Ivy honors while first-year sabre fencer Daniel Solomon was named second-team. Over the weekend Chien recorded an 11-4 recrod with a +20-touch differential as Solomon totalled a +19-touch differntial over 10 victories.

Harvard 20, No. 10 Penn 7
Sabre: 8-1
Foil: 5-4
Epee: 7-2 

Harvard 23, Brown 4
Sabre: 8-1
Foil: 7-2
Epee: 8-1

Harvard 16, No. 5 Princeton 11
Sabre: 8-1
Foil: 4-5
Epee: 4-5 

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz completed his Crimson career after the bout against Princeton. Dershwitz tabbed a perfect 32-0 record with +89-touch differential this season and crowned the 2019 Sabre Individual Ivy Champion.
  • In foil, Geoffrey Tourette claimed the 2019 Foil Individual Ivy Champion title as he tabbed a 12-2 record with a +36-touch differential.
  • Epee fencer, Albert Chein claimed second place on the leader board while tallying an 11-4 record, a +20-tocuh differential and sweeping his competitors from Penn and Brown.

Up Next
The Crimson men prepare for the 12th annual Beanpot hosted by Brandeis to face local competitors from Boston College, MIT and Brandeis on Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 6 p.m.