Yale Fencing Concludes Competition at Penn State

Nov. 2, 2008

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. - Yale fencing wrapped up competition at the Penn State Open today with the men's sabre, foil and epee events. Captain Michael Pearce was happy with the team's results but noted that the Bulldogs could have done better had the tournament been held later in the year, like it was last year. Freshman Shiv Kachru was the highest finishing Yale fencer, coming in fourth in the foil.

"A lot of our top guys have been recovering from injuries (me with a knee problem, John Gurrieri with a broken finger) but the freshmen and healthy fencers really stepped up," noted Pearce.

Pearce added, "Most people achieved their goals which is a great development because we realize where we're at physically/mentally and how we need to improve. As this tournament is early in the season, it was a great tune-up for the remainder of the fall and a great pace-setter for the rest of the season."

Final results were as follows:

Epee
18th Michael Pearce
26th Alexander Cohen
59th Adrian Godoy
61st Matthew Lee
63rd Bo Qu

Foil
4th Shiv Kachru
8th Nathaniel Botwinick
13th Andrew Holbrook
26th Taylor Gregoire-Wright
40s John Gurrieri
50s Dario Martinez

Sabre
25th Sebastian Cano-Besquet
30th Stephen Watty
35th Ola Malm
40s Jonathan Holbrook

The Bulldogs will fence next at the Dernell Every Open, an alumni/ae tournament held at Yale, on Nov. 8.

Report filed by Dominique Fenton '10, Yale Sports Publicity