Johns Hopkins Places Three in Top 10 at Temple Open
• Location: Philadelphia, PA • Liacouras Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team placed three fencers in the top 10 at the 38th annual Temple Open on Sunday.
How it Happened • Epee
• Senior Matthias Philippine led the Epee squad with a sixth-place finish, out of 95 fencers, and an 11-1 record. He was the top Division III fencer in the Epee. Philippine went 8-0 in pool play and then 3-1 in the direct elimination round. His run ended in the quarterfinals with a loss to Eduardo Ezcurra (NJIT), who finished in a tie for third.
• Sophomore Tiger Gao finished the day with an 8-3 record to place 11th overall. He went 6-2 in pool play and then won his first two bouts in the elimination round. He lost to top-seeded Mick Yamanaka (Columbia), who went on to finish in a tie for third, in the round of 16.
• Senior Denis Routkevitch placed 19th with an 8-2 record. He finished pool play with a 7-1 record and then went 1-1 in the elimination round. Junior Will Snyder went 7-3 on the day and finished in 23rd place. After going 6-2 in pool play, he went 1-1 in the elimination round and lost to the eventual winner, Joshua Cole (Penn State).
• In his first collegiate event, freshman Neel Maddineni took 25th place as he went 6-4 on the day. He went 5-3 in pool play and then 1-1 in the elimination round, losing to Philippine. Senior Milan Patel placed 26th with a 7-4 record. He went 6-3 in pool play and then 1-1 in the elimination round. He lost to third-seeded James Bogart (NJIT) in the round of 32.
How it Happened • Foil
• Junior Solomon Polansky was the top Blue Jay Foilist as he finished in 13th place, out of 83 fencers, with a 9-3 record. He went 7-2 in pool play and then 2-1 in the direct elimination round. His day ended with a loss in the round of 16 to top-seeded Andrey Ostatnigrosh (Penn State).
• Sophomore Adam Katwan placed 27th with a 7-3 record. After going 6-2 in pool play, he went 1-1 in the elimination round and lost to fourth-seeded Albert Zhang (Columbia). Senior Ian Maddox took 29th place with a record of 6-4. He went 5-3 in pool play and then 1-1 in the elimination round. His day ended with a loss to third-seeded Zohaib Mannan (NYU).
• Senior Jared LeBron finished in 33rd place with a record of 5-4. He went 5-3 in pool play and then lost his first bout in the elimination round to Joe Gumprich (Virginia). Freshman Eashan Gupta placed 44th with a 3-6 record in his collegiate debut. He finished pool play with a 3-5 record and then lost in the first round of elimination play to Charles Chow (North Carolina).
How it Happened • Sabre
• Senior Sandy Vingoe led the Sabre squad with a fifth-place finish, out of 76 fencers, and a 10-1 record. He was the top Division III finisher in the Sabre. Vingoe was unbeaten in pool play (8-0) and earned a first-round bye in the direct elimination portion of the day. He won his first two bouts before losing to sixth-seeded Alex Walker III (Columbia) in the quarterfinals.
• Junior Brian Huang finished in 10th place after going 9-2 on the day. He finished pool play with a 7-1 record and then won his first two bouts in the elimination round. Huang’s day ended with a loss to 10th-seeded Thomas Slawinski (NJIT).
• Making their collegiate debuts for the Blue Jays were freshmen Vance Wood and Jake Desman. Wood finished in 12th place with an 8-3 record. He went 6-2 in pool play and won his first two bouts in elimination play before falling to Walker. Desman took 67th place overall, and first in the consolation draw, with a 5-5 record. After going 0-5 in pool play, he went 5-0 in the consolation draw.
What it Means
• Vingoe now has 222 wins in his career, tying him for seventh in JHU history for career Sabre wins. His fifth-place finish is the best by a Blue Jay at the Temple Open since Maddox took fifth in 2015.
• Routkevitch moved into 17th place on the career Epee wins list with 171 wins.
• Epee • 47-17
• Tiger Gao • 8-3 (11th)
• Neel Maddineni • 6-4 (25th)
• Milan Patel • 7-4 (26th)
• Matthias Philippine • 11-1 (6th)
• Denis Routkevitch • 8-2 (19th)
• Will Snyder • 7-3 (23rd)
• Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, November 5 at the Penn State Garret Open.