Johns Hopkins Goes Unbeaten at Drew Invitational
|North Carolina-19, Johns Hopkins-8||Johns Hopkins-20, Rutgers-7|
|Air Force-18, Johns Hopkins-9||Johns Hopkins-19, Cornell-8|
|Johns Hopkins-17, Boston College-10||Johns Hopkins-21, Lafayette-6|
|MIT-14, Johns Hopkins-13||Johns Hopkins-25, TCNJ-2|
|#9 Duke-21, Johns Hopkins-6||Johns Hopkins-21, Drew-6|
|Johns Hopkins-26, Marist-1|
• Location: FDU • Hackensack, NJ / Drew • Madison, NJ
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team picked up a total of seven wins on the weekend as the Blue Jays competed at the Duke and Drew Invitationals. Freshman Tiger Gao led the Blue Jays with an impressive 23 wins over the two days.
How it Happened • Duke Invitational
• Hopkins faced a tough field in Durham, that featured three teams that are receiving votes in the latest coaches’ poll, as well as the host and ninth-ranked Blue Devils.
• Hopkins fell 19-8 to North Carolina in the first round but earned a 5-4 win in the Foil. Freshman Adam Katwan and junior Jared LeBron each won two bouts with Katwan clinching the win in the Foil.
• Hopkins then lost to Air Force, 18-9, in the second round. Gao won two of his three bouts in the Epee as the Blue Jays lost a tough 5-4 decision. Junior Sandy Vingoe won two of the Sabre squad’s three wins.
• The Blue Jays followed with a 17-10 win over the Boston College Eagles. Katwan and sophomore Solomon Polansky each won two bouts and Katwan clinched the Foil team’s 5-4 win. The Epee squad also picked up a 5-4 win, led by Gao and junior Matthias Philippine with two wins each. Goa secured the win for the Blue Jays in the next to last bout. Senior Daniel Dembner won all three of bouts to lead the Sabre squad to a 9-0 win.
• Hopkins lost a close one to MIT, falling 14-13, despite wins in the Foil (5-4) and Epee (6-3). Lebron and freshman Jake Joram each picked up two wins and Joram clinched the Blue Jays’ win in the Foil. Philippine, Gao and sophomore William Snyder won two bouts each in the Epee.
• Hopkins ended the day with a loss to Duke in round five. Junior Denis Routkevitch earned a pair of wins for the Blue Jays in the Epee.
• How it Happened • Drew Invitational • Sunday began with a 20-7 win over Rutgers and a sweep of all three weapons. Joram, Katwan and Polanksy won two bouts apiece in a 7-2 win for the Foil squad. Gao then won all three of his bouts in the Epee (8-1). Senior Patrick Rose won two of his bouts and Vingoe secured the win for the Sabre squad (5-4).
• The Blue Jays then defeated Cornell Big Red by a 19-8 score with wins in the Sabre (9-0) and Epee (6-3). Gao once again led the Epee squad with a 3-0 mark. Vingoe and sophomore Brian Huang each went 3-0 to lead the Sabre team.
• Hopkins followed with a 21-6 win over Lafayette and earned wins in the Foil (8-1) and Epee (9-0). Katwan led the Foil squad with a 3-0 record while Gao did the same for the Epee team.
• JHU earned a 25-2 win over TCNJ and swept all three weapons. Joram and Katwan went a combined 6-0 for the Foil squad (9-0), while Rose and Vingoe did the same for the Sabre (8-1). Gao continued his win streak with a 3-0 turn versus the Lions in the Epee (8-1).
• Hopkins then beat host Drew, 21-6. Joram and Katwan once again led the Foil squad with three wins each. Junior Max White won all three of his bouts in the Epee (7-2) and Rose did the same in the Sabre (5-4). In fact, Rose clinched the Jays’ win in the Sabre in the final bout.
• Hopkins wrapped up the weekend with a 26-1 win over Marist. Joram and Katwan combined for six wins yet again in the Foil and the squad won 9-0. Four different Blue Jays won two bouts each in the Epee (8-1). And in the Sabre, Huang and Vingoe won three bouts apiece for a 9-0 Blue Jay win.
What it Means
• Routkevitch now ranks 17th in program history with 141 career Epee wins.
• Lebron ranks 23rd with 137 Foil wins.
• Rose ranks sixth in Sabre wins (225) and ranks 21st among all weapons. Vingoe moved into 14th place with 189 career wins and Dembner ranks 22nd with 150 wins.
• Hopkins travels to Newark, NJ for the NJIT Invitational on February 19.