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Bulldogs Down Vassar

Nicholas Wan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nicholas Wan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's fencing team kicked off the new year with a 15-12 win over Vassar, on Monday Jan. 18. The Bulldogs hosted the dual meet in the Seventh Floor Fencing Salon at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The victory indicates that the Elis have not missed a beat since their sweep of the Brandeis Invitational right before winter break.

Included in Yale's 15-12 victory was senior John Gurrieri's perfect 3-0 record in his foil bouts. Additionally, freshman Nathaniel Benzimra led the revamped saber squad with a perfect 3-0 record of his own.

The team was focused on using the meet to prepare for this Saturday's NYU Invitational. With six participation schools, the tournament will be the Bulldog's biggest and most challenging before Ivy League competition begins.

"Everyone is happy that we won today but we have come away with many lessons for the coming days of practice before NYU this weekend," said captain Andrew Holbrook. "This meet was an opportunity for us to get back into competition mode after the winter break and that was important. We had a couple of great performances today—both John Gurrieri and freshman Nate Benzimra went 3-0 which were critical in our victory. We also want to thank all the fans that showed up. Their intensity definitely helped out on the strip."

The Bulldogs will next compete this Saturday at NYU.


Report by Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity