UNIVERSITY Park, Pa.--Sophomore Walter Musgrave was the top finisher for Yale men's fencing team at the 44th Annual Garret Penn State Open on Sunday, earning fifth place in saber. Up against fencers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Penn State and UNC, the Bulldogs held their own with five fencers placing in the top-20 for their respective weapons.
After competing in two rounds of pools, Musgrave was undefeated through 12 bouts and entered the eliminantion round of 16 ranked first. He defeated Notre Dame's Ariel Croitoru 15-14 to advance to the quarterfinals where he faced Penn's Raphael Van Hoffelen. Van Hoffelen had defeated Yale senior captain Reed Srere 15-13 in the round of 16, and then proceeded to beat Musgrave in the quarterfinal, before continuing on to win the saber title. The quarterfinal loss meant Musgrave placed fifth overall--the best finish for the Elis.
Three members of Yale's epee squad earned top-20 finishes with sophomore Jonathan Xu placing 11th. He was eliminated from competition after a tough 14-15 loss in the round of 16 to Penn State's Oskar Tang, the eventual epee champion. Junior Avery Vella also lost in the round of 16, ending his day in 13th place. Both Bulldogs won eight bouts throughout the competition. Freshman Malcolm Miller finished tied for 18th.
In foil, a young Yale squad failed to advance any fencers past the first round of pool play. The competition, however, offered collegiate fencing experience against some of the top fencers in the country for freshman Noah Amsel and sophomore Lance Chantiles.
The Bulldogs return to action December 4 at Brandeis.
Report filed by Emmy Reinwald '17, Yale Sports Publicity.