Fencing, with its dignified traditions and rigid training discipline, is commonly thought of as being long on decorum and short on whoop-and-holler. This may have been so in other times and other places, but in U.S. intercollegiate circles the duel is something to get excited about. So when Columbia University won the three-weapon crown at the 61st Intercollegiate Fencing Association championships in New York the other day, the very chandeliers trembled from the force of the team's victory yell (right). Once primarily an eastern school sport, fencing has spread cross-country. A few days after these IFA championships, fencers from 25 colleges met in Lubbock, Texas for the 14th NCAA contests. Illinois won and Columbia was second.
Victorious NYU Foil team of Martin Davis, Donald Alessio and Abraham Kadish pose with Coach Hugo M. Castello (left) after winning the Little Iron Man, oldest intercollegiate sport trophy.
Roaring lions are members of Columbia's crack sabre team which won IFA title. From left to right: Joseph Bloom, Frank Parisi, Coach Irving DeKoff, Charles Golden and Jay Nielson.
Paul Levy of Princeton (below, at left) gracefully parries a thrust by John Powell of Yale during three-way fence-off for the epee championship. Levy won this one 5-1, later took title.
Mike DeSaro of NYU is almost bowled over by some enthusiastic followers after beating Columbia's Frank Parisi 5-2 for the sabre title. In contrast, Parisi (left) is all alone in defeat.
John Norton of Yale flashes broad grin after winning 15 of 16 matches to gain individual foil championship. He was named Fencer of the Year in the NCAA tournament at Lubbock, Texas.