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Last week, the Crimson fencing team faced one of the defending Ivy League co-champions, and lost badly. This afternoon. Princeton, the other co-champion squad, is in town, and Harvard could find itself with its third Ivy League loss.
Princeton will not maul the Crimson as Penn did last week with its 20-7 win. Harvard, however, will have to put up with a team that has lost only one Ivy League bout, and in the words of the Daily Princetonian, "given some luck and effort, could still pull a tie [in the Ivies.]"
Princeton lost to the Quakers last month, 15-12. The Tigers won six out of nine bouts at the foil, but could manage only six out of 18 bouts in the saber and the epee.
Of the three weapons, the Tigers must be rated weakest at the saber. They have no returning lettermen, and only Dennis Emory has provided them with some convincing victories. The Crimson has Larry Cetrulo at saber. Cetrulo has lost only two bouts all year, and he gets stronger as the season progresses.
Princeton's weakness at the saber is well covered by its awesome strength at the foil. The Tiger foilers have easily defeated such strong teams as C. C. N. Y. and Penn. Harvard has had trouble barely winning a bout against these schools.
The foilers, however, had their best day against Rutgers on Wednesday, winning seven out of nine bouts. They may be strong enough to stifle some of the Princeton power.
At epee, Micky Irvings and John Reitz could fight Princeton's David Calkins and Edward Gwazda to a stand-off. The number three position for the Crimson is another question. Coach Edo Marion has yet to find someone who can win from week to week.
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