Down to the Last Point, Harvard Edges Penn for Men's Round-Robin Crown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After hundreds of bouts over two days, it came down to one last point between brothers to decide the Ivy League Men's Fencing Round-Robins title.
Harvard freshman Jerry Chang got the better of Penn sophomore and brother Jason Chang to break a 4-4 tie in the bout and a 13-13 tie in the match and lift Harvard to the 2013 Ivy League Round-Robins crown.
The teams went back and forth in the final match of the weekend, tied at 9-all, 10-all and 11-all. Then at 13-all, it came down to a family matter. Jerry Chang's final point actually earned him a spot on the first-team All-Ivy selections.
The Crimson had to win three matches on the final day to win the title, defeating Brown, 19-8, to open the day and then turning back Princeton, 16-11. It was Harvard's second title in three years -- both wins coming on the final point of the event. In 2011, Harvard beat Yale on the final point to claim the title.
Princeton's Michael Dudey was name the meet's Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie by the League's coaches. He went 14-1 on the weekend to help the Tigers to a second-place finish.
Columbia, Penn and Princeton wound up in a three-way tie for second, each going 3-2 on the weekend.
Joining Dudey on the first-team All-Ivy were Columbia's Will Spear, Brian Ro and Alen Hadzic, Penn's Michael Mills, Brown's Nick Deak, Princeton's Edward Kelley, and Harvard's Jerry Chang, Michael Woo and Brian Kaneshige.
Day 2 Scores
Harvard def Brown, 19-8 (S72/F63/E63)
Princeton def Columbia, 16-11 (S45/F63/E63)
Harvard def Princeton, 16-11 (S81/F54/E36)
Penn def Brown, 19-8 (S45/F81/E72)
Harvard def Penn, 14-13 (S27/F54/E72)
Yale def Brown, 16-11 (S54/F63/E54)
Most Outstanding Performer: Michael Dudey, Princeton (Fr., Foil - Bellaire, Texas)
Most Outstanding Rookie: Michael Dudey, Princeton (Fr., Foil - Bellaire, Texas)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Will Spear, Columbia (So., Saber - Wynantskill, N.Y.)
Michael Mills, Penn (Jr., Saber - Short Hills, N.J.)
Nick Deak, Brown (Jr., Saber - San Diego)
Michael Dudey, Princeton (Fr., Foil - Bellaire, Texas)
Michael Woo, Harvard (Fr., Foil - Wayne, N.J.)
Brian Kaneshige, Harvard (So., Foil - Maple Wood, N.J.)
Jerry Chang, Harvard (Fr., Foil - Mountain View, Calif.)
Alen Hadzic, Columbia (Jr., Epée - Montclair, N.J.)
Edward Kelley, Princeton (Sr., Epée - San Antonio, Texas)
Brian Ro, Columbia (Fr., Epée - Scarsdale, N.Y.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Michael Josephs, Columbia (So, Saber - Chevy Chase, Md.)
Evan Prochniak, Penn (Sr., Saber - Hudson, N.H.)
Thomas Kolasa, Harvard (Sr., Saber - Princeton, N.J.)
Adam Elkassas, Penn (Fr., Foil - DuBois, Pa.)
Harry Bergman, Columbia (Fr., Foil - Lebanon, N.J.)
Ayyub Ibrahim, Penn (Fr., Epée - Bronx, N.Y.)
Michael Raynis, Harvard (Jr., Epée - Chatsworth, Calif.)
Ben White, Harvard (Sr., Epée - Andover, England)
^ Due to ties, the first team was expanded to 10