Nov. 5, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -
Sophomore Michael Pearce placed sixth in the epee and led the Bulldogs' very strong overall performance at the 35th Garret Penn State Open. Freshman John Gurrieri also had an impressive showing, placing eighth in the foil. Junior Bradley Broadhead (22nd) was Yale's highest finisher in the sabre. 15 Bulldogs competed in the one-day event.
Pearce got better as the day went along. His ranking after each round of pool fencing improved as the competition got tougher. After the first round, Pearce ranked 34th out of the 40 fencers to advance. Eighth after round two, he then won three of five bouts in round three and recorded a +9 indicator to advance into the finals.
Pearce beat Karol Kostka of Notre Dame in the first round of the finals 15-10, but then lost to the fourth place finisher from Penn State, Dennis Kraft, in a close 15-12 contest.
In the foil, the Bulldogs received a very strong performance from Gurrieri, who ranked fourth in the second round with 20 touches and a +11 indicator. Gurrieri advanced into the finals, where he defeated his first-round opponent, Robert MacClaren from Penn State, but then lost in the quarterfinals.
Team captain Michael Aboodi and freshman Andrew Holbrook also advanced into the third round of pool fencing but had their days cut short there. Holbrook finished 19th, and Aboodi was 24th. Kawing Cho (43rd), Ethan Wais (51st), and James Yin (62nd) rounded out Yale's competitors in the foil.
The Bulldogs did not fair as well in the sabre. Broadhead was the only Eli to advance through the first two rounds of pool fencing. Sophomore Sebastian Cano-Besquet ended up 39th, while freshman Adrian Latortue placed 44th.
The team will play host to NYU on November 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Report filed by Nicholas Thorne '08, Yale Sports Publcity