PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team opened the season with an impressive performance at the 37th annual Temple Open. The Blue Jays placed three fencers in the top 10 and nine in the top 20. Freshman Tiger Gao led the team with a sixth-place finish in the Epee.
How it Happened • Epee
• Freshman Tiger Gao led the Epee squad with a 9-3 record and a sixth-place finish in the field of 98. He was also the top Division III fencer in the weapon. He went 3-1 in each of the first two rounds of pool play and then advanced to the quarterfinals in the elimination draw. Gao went 3-1 before falling to top-seeded Anton Piskovatskov (Penn State), the eventual champion.
• Junior Denis Routkevitch turned in his third top-20 finish at the event, placing 18th with a 9-1 record. He went an unbeaten 8-0 in the first two rounds and was seeded sixth in the elimination draw. After a first-round bye, he beat Andrew Wang (Penn) in the second round before falling to Jake Bassinder (Haverford).
• Sophomore William Sndyer finished in 25th place, improving 19 spots from last season, and went 6-4. He went 3-1 in the first round and 2-2 in the second. In the elimination draw, Snyder opened with a win over Chandler Pobis (Clemson) and then lost to second-seeded Ryan Hrapsky (NJIT) in the round of 32.
• Junior Max White finished in 27th, 11 spots better than the previous year, with a 5-5 record. He went 2-2 in each of the first two rounds of pool play. In the elimination drawn, he had a bye and then beat Christian DeMaio (Florida) in the round of 65. White then fell to fourth-seeded Mike Slonim-Gopman (North Carolina).
• Freshman Lohit Sodagum went 1-8 on the day and finished in 70th place. He went 1-3 in the first round and 0-4 in the second. He lost to Wang in the first round of the elimination draw.
How it Happened • Foil
• Freshman Adam Katwan led the Jays’ Foil squad with a seventh-place finish, in the field of 90 fencers, with an 11-1 record. He went a combined 8-0 in the first two rounds of pool play and was seeded fourth in the elimination draw. Katwan had a first-round bye and then beat Chris Dorm (Temple), Emmanuel Lapitan (NYU) and Eric Cho (CU). His run ended in the quarterfinals to Mohamed Hassan (Penn State, the eventual champion.
• Sophomore Solomon Polansky finished in a tie for 14th, his second straight top-20 finish, with an 8-3 record. He went 3-1 in each of the first two rounds and was seeded 15th in the elimination draw. After his first-round bye, he defeated Marshall Yaklin (Navy) and Ian Head (North Carolina). Polansky then lost in the round of 16 to top-seeded Gabriel Mejia-Ruiz.
• Freshman Jacob Joram tied with Polansky for 14th place, also going 8-3 on the day. He finished pool play with a 6-2 record and was seeded 15th in the elimination draw. Joram had a first-round bye and then beat Ching Li (Haverford) and then Chris Saulys (NJIT). He lost in the round of 16 to second-seeded Andrey Ostatnigrosh (Penn State).
• Junior Ian Maddox finished in a tie for 24th place as he went 7-3 on the day. He also went 3-1 in each of the first two rounds. He had a first-round bye and followed with a win over Jason Hiew (CU) before falling to sixth-seeded Michael Lee (NYU).
• Junior Jared LeBron took 3rd place with a 7-2 record. He went unbeaten in the first round (4-0) and then 3-1 in the second. He was seeded 20th in the elimination round and earned a first-round bye. He then lost his first match to Eric Zobel (NYU).
How it Happened • Sabre
• Senior Patrick Rose led the Sabre squad with a 10th place finish I the field of 82. It is his second top-10 finish at the event. He went a combined 9-0 in the first two rounds of pool play and was seeded second with a first-round bye. Rose beat Sly Rahimi (SBU) and Benjamin Sanits (Hunter) before falling to Harrison Hue (Florida) in the round of 16.
• Senior Daniel Dembner placed 17th, his second top-20 finish and five spots better than 2015, with an 8-3 record. He went 2-2 in the first round and then 5-0 in the second. Dembner earned the seventh seed and a first-round bye in the elimination draw. He opened with a win over Bilige Yang (Swarthmore) and then lost to David Parker (Haverford).
• Junior Sandy Vingoe finished in 19th place after going 8-3 on the day. He also went 2-2 in the first round and then went undefeated (5-0) in the second round. The 16 seed, he also earned a first-round bye. Vingoe opened with a win over Daniel Goldfarb (Florida) and then lost to Matthew Lewicki (Penn State).
• Junior David Austin finished in a tie for 20th with a 10-2 record. In each of the last two years, he has finished 10 spots higher than the previous year. He finished 40th as a freshman and then 30th last season. Austin went a combined 9-1 in the first two rounds and was seeded 19th in the elimination draw. After a first-round bye, he beat Robert Patterson (Florida) before falling to Thomas Slawinski (NJIT), who would finish second.
• Sophomore Brian Huang finished in 34th place with a 7-3 record on the day. He went 4-1 in the first round and then 3-1 in the second. He then lost his first match in the elimination draw to Ian Fan (Stevens).
What it Means
• Junior Denis Routkevitch earned his 100th career win in the Epee with his first win in the second round of pool play.
• Senior Patrick Rose now ranks 34th among all fencers in school history with 193 career wins. He needs just seven wins to become the 32nd fencer with 200 wins.
• Junior Jared LeBron moved into the top-20 in school history with 112 career Foil wins.
• Johns Hopkins returns to Philadelphia for the Elite Invitational on Saturday, November 5.