Elis To Compete at Garret Open

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Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Competition Opens 2012-13 Season 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's fencing team will open its 2012-13 season this weekend when it travels to State College, Pa., to compete at the Nov. 3-4 Penn State Garret Open.

It's an exciting season opener for a team that has been revitalized by the addition of seven freshmen, and will provide all of Yale fencers the opportunity to put up their best performances. It will also allow the Elis to hone their skills for the season ahead, which includes one other competition in the fall and at least four more bouts in the spring.

The weekend will also see junior captain Cornelius Saunders lead the Bulldogs into competition for the first time. At last year's Garret Open, Saunders led the team with a fourth-place finish in epee competition, topping one of the nation's best fencers, Notre Dame's James Kaull, on the way. 

Also strong at last year's competition was junior Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer, who put up a top-16 finish with his 4-1 performance in the final pool.

After the Garret Open, Yale will break until the Dec. 2 Brandeis Invitational, held in Waltham, Mass.

Report filed by James Lu '14, Yale Sports Publicity.