Men’s OUA 2019

Rick Wu vs queen’s

Rick Wu vs queen’s

Feb 9-10, 2019

By Charlie O’Connor-Clarke

The Western men’s fencing team put themselves to the test on February 9 and 10, 2019, as they competed at the University of Toronto at the OUA men’s championships. The highlight of the weekend for the Mustangs was certainly épéeist Rick Wu’s spectacular silver medal performance in the individual tournament, going undefeated throughout poule rounds and having little trouble with DE bouts as he marched all the way to the gold medal match — in which he lost a hard-fought contest to Toronto’s Colin Dale.

 

Wu’s fellow épéeist Mustangs — Turner Tobin, Justin Alexander, and Bowen Zhang — finished 20th, 23rd, and 30th, with both Tobin and Alexander missing the tableau of 16 by very close margins in their knockout bouts.

 

Western’s épée team was also their top finishers in the team event; with some of the top fencers in the tournament on their side, the Mustangs placed fifth, losing their quarter-final bout by an achingly close two-point margin to Carleton. They kept fighting despite the defeat, though, and knocked off McMaster and Brock en route to winning the fifth-place consolation bracket.

 

The foil competition was a major developmental experience for the Mustangs, with several rookies competing in their first OUA championship. They were led by veteran Oscar Qi, who finished 27th — missing the cut after the second round of poules by a very close indicator difference. Jude Reslan and Brady Park both managed to advance from the first poule round, and ultimately finished 31st and 33rd, respectively. Teammate Alec Brandwood barely missed the cut out of the first round.

 

In the foil team event, Qi and Park were joined by Athan Guo and Tony Wang. They defeated Guelph in poules, and lost to Ryerson by just two points. They ended up finishing sixth in the overall bracket, which is five spots higher than their preliminary ranking. The Mustangs fell to the University of Ottawa in the fifth-place round 45-44 as individual gold medallist Patrick Fournier made a 13-point run in the final bout of the matchup.

 

Sabre was a bit of an uphill battle for Western, with several fencers fighting injuries during the competition. Captain Elliott Stiles just made the cut out of the first round of poules after struggling in several poule bouts, but he picked it up immensely in the second round, coming third in the poule and beating some very good opponents in the process. Unfortunately, he lost a very close DE bout by a score of 15-12.

 

His sabre teammates had successes of their own on the day; Charlie O’Connor-Clarke was ranked eighth out of the first round of poules, but came out on the wrong side of four 5-4 bouts in the second round which caused him to barely miss the cut. The other two Western sabreists, Foster Giggie and Nathan Roberts, tied for 35th in the first round of poules, and were called to fence a single-elimination barrage bout against each other, which Giggie won by a score of 5-3.

 

The sabre team competition was a tough one, with Western drawn into the only three-team poule with Brock and Queen’s. Although they came close to beating the latter, the Mustangs were unable to advance from poules, and thus finished ninth — missing the knockout round by just one place.

 

Ultimately, Western’s men’s team placed eighth overall on the weekend with 82 points. More important than their final standing, however, was the experience gained by the Mustangs’ newer fencers at their first OUA tournament. This year’s competition will surely be a valuable developmental moment for the team, who will hope to improve on this result at next year’s championship.

Mustangs hitting their stride after RMC Team Invitational

The gold medal-winning women’s épée team (L-R): Nicola Cheng, Jennifer Kaminker, Olga Nova, Evelyn Zheng.

The gold medal-winning women’s épée team (L-R): Nicola Cheng, Jennifer Kaminker, Olga Nova, Evelyn Zheng.

Nov 4, 2018

The Western Mustangs fencing team continued on their long road toward the OUA Championships this weekend, travelling down the 401 to compete in the RMC Team Invitational tournament in Kingston. The Mustangs sent 10 teams eastward to one of the most exciting weekends on the fencing calendar, and they showed pretty well against many of the university teams they’ll come up against at OUAs.

The highlight of the tournament for Western was surely the women’s épée team’s incredible run to a gold medal. Despite being seeded third out of the pool round, the side comprised of Olga Nova, Nicola Cheng, Jennifer Kaminker, and Evelyn Zheng took down the defending OUA champions, the University of Toronto’s A team, in the final to claim the top prize.

Just like the Mustang Invitational earlier in October, the RMC Invitational was a chance for some of Western’s rookie fencers to experience a large tournament against strong competition, including past OUA medallists, national team members, and fencers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Plenty of Western’s teams placed well at the early-season tournament. A Mustang team finished sixth overall in men’s foil and épée, as well as women’s sabre and foil. The Western A team came eleventh in men’s sabre.

The Western A team came achingly close to the semi-finals after a very strong pool performance, falling 45-41 to Queen’s A in the quarters.

On top of that, the Mustang B teams finished ninth in women’s foil, fourteenth in women’s sabre, fifteenth in men’s épée, and twenty-first in men’s sabre. The weekend also featured an amusing bit of friendly fire, as the Western A and B teams came up against each other in their first elimination bout—the fencers, who had warmed up together, enjoyed a chance to test their mettle against their teammates.

Western’s varsity fencers—especially the rookies—will return to London with their heads held high, having added another successful tournament to their experience. Now that they’re up to speed, the Mustangs will kick their preparation up a notch in advance of the Western Open tournament, to be held in Thames Hall gym next Saturday, Nov. 10.

Brock Open Womens Results!

Roxanna with her Bronze Medal for Senior Womens Epee

Roxanna with her Bronze Medal for Senior Womens Epee

ST CATHERINES, ON – Western was represented in every senior women’s fencing event at the Brock Open, which took place November 18-19, 2017. There was purple on the podium again with Olga Nova winning silver in the Junior Women's Epee event, Roxanna Belaoussoff winning bronze in the Senior Women’s Epee event and Kayla Lambie taking bronze in the Senior Women’s Sabre event. Brock is one of the largest tournaments on the Ontario circuit and the high rankings of many of the Mustang women at this tournament will boost their national rankings significantly. The women’s sabre captain Victoria Edwards, happy with the performance of her team, said, “there were a lot of elite fencers out to Brock this year and the competitive atmosphere was great!” A special mention goes out to our youngest Junior Mustang, Adele Corbett who finished in 5th place in the Under-13 Mixed Sabre event. The next tournament that the Mustangs are competing in is the Newmarket Challenge on November 25, 2017. Since Newmarket is a rookie tournament, the Western fencing team wishes the best of luck to our newest members next weekend!

Results by the Numbers

Junior Women's Epee

Olga Nova: 2/16

Senior Women’s Sabre

Kayla Lambie: 3/41

Kathryn Orydzuk: 5/41

Victoria Edwards: 6/41

Kristin Dosen: 13/41

Daphne Huang: 16/41

Emiley Watson: 33/41

Shalini Perugu: 36/41

Senior Women’s Epee

Roxanna Belaoussoff: 3/50

Olga Nova: 6/50

Alexandra (Sasha) Zanina: 17/50

Chloe Congourdeau: 29/50

Jennifer Kaminker: 38/50

Yuan Wang: 48/50

Senior Women’s Foil

Mary Lee: 16/49

Danilla Xing 17/49

Magdalena Masciantonio: 26/49

Tian (Tina) Xia: 45/49

Brock Open Mens Results!

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 The Brock Open tournament was held in St Catharine's this weekend, Nov 18-19, 2017.

There were 33 events drawing 673 competitors from 41 clubs from Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia as well as New York State.  Varsity teams from 10 Ontario Universities including Western were there.  It was a strong tournament which will help to prepare the teams for the OUA Championships.

  Western competed in 7 events and won three medals in Junior and Senior Women's Epee and Senior Women's Sabre.

  The team will be competing at Newmarket Nov 25-26, and Wayne State in Detroit Dec 3.

     The Men's Epee event had 77 competitors.

  The gold medal was won by Samuel Gallagher Pelletier from Vango; silver was won by Matthew Litwin from Queen's University; bronze medals were won by Michael Deinhart from Niagara Swordsmen, and Colin Dale from Toronto Fencing Club.

Western's top fencer was Turner Tobin in 13th place followed by Joe Wright 21 and John Huang 22.  Turner went 4-1 in poules, and won his first two DE matches before losing to the 5th place winner.

  Turner Tobin also competed in the Junior Men's Epee Event and finished 9th of 22 competitors, losing in the DE's to the eventual gold medal winner.

  The Men's Foil event had 91 competitors.

   The gold medal was won by Kamil Karbonowski from Toronto Fencing Club; silver was won by Brandon Jalowica from Dual Nature Fencing Club; and the bronze medals were won by Mykhailo Asadulaiev from My Fencing Club; and Evgeny Bozhenko from Toronto Fencing Club.

Western's top fencer was Oscar Qi in 23rd place followed by Ali Al-Nakeeb in 28th, Graham Shaw in 29th, Alexander Martins in 32, and Athan Guo in 38th.  In poules, Oscar had 5 victories and 1 loss to the gold medal fencer.  He won his first Direct Elimination match before losing a close DE match against the bronze medal winner.

  The Men's Sabre event had 59 competitors.

The gold medal was won by William Kinney from U of T; silver was won by Fausto Rodriguez from Beaches Sabre Club in Toronto; bronze medals were won by Aaron Olmstead from Brock and Kevin Liu from York.

   Western's top fencer was Anthony Tran in 11th place, followed by Mitchell Travis in 19th.  Both Anthony and Mitchell went 4-1 in poules.  Anthony got a bye in the first DE round, won his second DE, before losing 9-15 to the eventual gold medal winner.

Western Open Results!

Thank you to all the fencers who represented us at the Western Open!

Women's Sabre Medalists

Women's Sabre Medalists

Shoutout to our Women's Sabre team, who had both Kathryn Orydzuk and Victoria Edwards claiming second and third respectively on the podium!

Men's Epee Medalists

Men's Epee Medalists

Men's Sabre Medalists

Men's Sabre Medalists

Congratulations to Joe Weight for finishing second in Men's Epee, and Graham Shaw for finishing third in Men's Foil!