Six Harvard teams--squash, basketball, indoor track, wrestling and fencing--swing back into action this weekend after the exam period layoff.
Touting a 5-0 record, the squash team squares-off against a tough Princeton team Saturday afternoon in Hemenway Gymnasium. The match should determine who's best in the Ivies.
"On paper Princeton is favored to win but I think we have a very good chance to take it," team member John Havens said yesterday. Havens is now number two on Harvard's ladder.
"This is our most important match of the year," number one player Bill Kaplan said yesterday.
Meanwhile, Radcliffe's squash team will host Wellesley and Franklin & Marshall Saturday morning. The racquetwomen are 4-0 overall.
The Crimson basketball team hosts Brown and Yale on Friday and Saturday in an effort to reverse a dismal Ivy League record.
Although both opponents are 2-2 and Harvard is 0-3 in league competition, the Cagers go into the contests with a highly impressive Beanpot Tournament victory under their belts.
The varsity indoor track team has miles to go before it sleeps this weekend. After the Greater Boston Championships Friday and Saturday the squad travels to New Jersey for Sunday's Princeton Relays.
The Greater Boston field events will be held at Briggs Cage and the running events at Tufts. Harvard is 4-0 overall.
On the Mat
A fired-up Crimson wrestling team with no intention of losing its first Ivy match will also be in Tigertown this weekend.
While Friday's contest with the Bengal grapplers promises to be tough, Harvard should have little trouble holding down Penn when it moves on to Philadelphia on Saturday.
The Harvard bone-benders are 1-0 in the Ivies and 3-4 overall.
The fencing team, which sports a 4-2 overall record, will duel Princeton Saturday in the IAB. Harvard is 1-0 in the Ivies and 4-2 overall.
The Crimson fields teams in all three types of fencing--saber, foil and epee--but has had particular success with its foil squad.
The saber competition is modeled on the notion that the duelers are on horseback. Only the top half of the body may be attacked but points can be scored with both the tip and side of the blade, which, fortunately, is blunt.
In foil competition, only the torso is a fair target and the point is the only weapon allowed. This style is modeled on the idea that two men are trying to kill one another.
Epee competition allows fencers to strike on any part of the body. It is modeled after a style in which the object was to draw blood.