Crimson Fencers Wallop Trinity, 24-3
Eugene White Leads the Way
Reruns of 'Father Knows Best" pack more excitement than a fencing battle between Harvard and Trinity. The Crimson had little problem handling the Bantams yesterday, with a sound 24-3 trouncing.
The victory was led by the epee squad, which won all its afternoon matches. Captain Eugene White joined the "untouchables" as he swept his three bouts without once feeling his opponent's weapon score a touch. White shut out--in order--Jeff Martin, Hal Granger and David Stiles.
On the other hand, it was a rough day with the sabre for Loren Joseph, who after convincingly crushing Bob Luke, 5-1, dropped his next two to Larry Heppe, 4-5, and Mark Farber, also by a one-point margin. Trinity picked up its third win as Lorien Rucci edged Tom Sharp, 5-3, in foil.
Sharp's loss was the only one for Harvard in the first round. Joseph, Steve Hobbs and Larry Tu swept the sabre, allowing the Bantams a grand total of only five touches. Howie Weiss and Nick Tepe took two more in foil, while White, Sam Anderson and David Moscowitz won in epee.
Trinity captured its second point in the second round with Joseph's first loss. But by then, yawn, it was already a rout, and only a minor miracle could have pulled it out for the Bantams. Coach Edo Marion inserted a new face at epee in the round, as John Hawkins easily took care of Stiles. Hawkin's victory put Trinity mathematically out of reach.
About the only bout that would have rivaled Robert Young and Jane Wyatt, came in the third round. Larry White, fencing at foil, stormed back from a 1-4 deficit to overtake Rucci, 5-4. Joining White at foil was John Major, who fenced and won twice in the round.
The Bantams took it on the chin once again in the epee as Eugene White and Anderson shut out their opponents and Hawkins won a 5-2 decision. Trinity, however, did give the Crimson some trouble in the sabre, as Joseph lost by one and Harvard's Mike Szymonifka took his two bouts by only one.
Marion still feels the team has a lot of improving before it can take on the big boys. Trinity, he admitted, was out of Harvard's class. Judging from yesterday's meet. no one would argue with that.