PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 1 Harvard men's fencing team claimed a share of the Ivy League title this weekend, Feb. 10-11 at the Ivy League Championships in Princeton, N.J. The Crimson tallied a dominant 4-1 record over the course of the tournament and shares the title with Columbia and Penn. Harvard has now improved its overall record to 14-1 and 4-1 in Ivy play, its best record since the 2014-15 season.
The win marks the 10th Ivy League title for the men in program history, previously clinching the championship for three straight years from 2013-2015. The Crimson has now won five Ivy Championships in the last decade, dating back to when it first won in 1947.
Harvard finished the tournament with two squad members at the top of the pack, winning two individual crowns. Freshman Geoffrey Tourette took home the individual title in foil and led the way for Harvard across the tournament with a perfect 15-0 record and plus-46 touch differential. Junior co-captain Eli Dershwitz, the 2016 NCAA Champion in sabre, topped all sabre fencers with a 14-1 record and a plus-47 touch differential, sealing his spot to take home the individual title.
The Crimson started off the weekend strong with a 23-4 win over Brown that included two 7-1 wins in sabre and foil. Harvard was then handed its only loss of the tournament when it fell 15-12 in a close battle to Penn.
Harvard would go on to defeat each of its opponents throughout the rest of play. The Crimson first grabbed a commanding 19-8 win over Yale to close out play on Saturday. The men's sabre fencers sealed this win with an 8-1 victory of their own.
On Sunday, Harvard went head-to-head with top-ranked No. 4 Columbia in the morning. In a close race, the Crimson triumphed defeating the Lions 16-11 and clinching a share of the Ivy League crown.
The Crimson sealed its share of the title with a thrilling 18-9 victory over the host No. 6 Princeton Tigers.
Harvard will quickly return to action on Feb. 14 for the Beanpot tournament. The Crimson will face host Brandeis, MIT and Boston College and goes for its 11th Beanpot title.