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Three Bulldogs Make Elimination Round at Penn State

Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Hugh O'Cinneide. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

O'Cinneide Finishes 10th in Sabre Competition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Opening its season with the Nov. 3-4 Penn State Garret Open here in University Park, Pa., the Yale men's fencing team saw three of its fencers finish in the top 16 in their respective weapons categories.

"Although many members of the team didn't compete to the best of their ability, the tournament represents an opportunity to address our weaknesses and ensure that they won't adversely affect our future competitions," said junior captain Cornelius Saunders. "Moreover, our freshmen demonstrated that they are capable of competing at the collegiate level." 

The performance heralded a solid opening competition for the Bulldogs, who were revitalized by the addition of seven freshmen this year. Three Elis made the direct elimination round.

One of them was sophomore Hugh O'Cinneide, who put up at 10th-place finish in sabre competition. In foil competition, meanwhile, Yale saw two fencers make the final 16: freshmen Brian Wang and Jin Ishizuka finished 10th and 13th, respectively, kicking off their Ivy League careers with strong results.

The Garret Open marked the start of the 2012-13 season for the Bulldogs and the first competition for the freshmen on the team. They will look to strengthen and consolidate their performances when they compete at the Dec. 2 Brandeis Invitational in Waltham, Mass.

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