Yale Fencers Have Good Day in New York
Finish 3-3 at NYU Invitational
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Yale men's fencing finished with a 3-2 record at the Jan. 25 NYU Fencing Invitational in New York.
Yale beat teams from NYU, UNC, and Wayne State. Against NYU, Yale squeaked out a 14-13 victory behind strong showings from the epee and foil squads. Junior Sam Broughton continued his recent strong fencing, winning both of his matches against the hosts.
Yale took down UNC 15-12. Once again, the epee and foil squads proved critical, winning 6-3 and 7-2, respectively. Sophomore Jin Ishizuka, of the foil squad, fencing in his home city, won all three of his bouts. Senior Peter Cohen did the same.
The Bulldogs finished 17-10 against Wayne State. All three squads, the epee, foil and sabre, beat their Wayne State counterparts. Senior Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer and senior captain Cornelius Saunders both earned crucial victories.
The Elis could not overcome Notre Dame or OSU. Notre Dame's epee and foil squads drove them to an 18-9 victory over the Bulldogs. OSU won a 14-13 heartbreaker, with 5-4, 4-5 and 5-4 finishes from their epee, foil, and sabre squads, respectively. Yale might look back at this loss against OSU as the one that got away.
Nevertheless, the 3-2 mark in New York constitutes a good performance by the Bulldogs. Remarkably, this is the fourth year in a row that Yale finished the NYU Invitational with a 3-2 record. After beating Sacred Heart a week ago, Yale was carrying some momentum into Saturday's invitational. Yale will continue to build off the positives from its performance.
Yale's next matches come against Drew and Vassar on Feb. 1 in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The home bouts will be the last of the season.
Report filed by Owen Kaye-Kauderer '16