BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men’s fencing team picked up six wins at the Elite Invitational and MACFA competition over the weekend. Hopkins (6-3) claimed one win at the Elite Invitational, which featured defending NCAA Champion Columbia and then swept all five of its matches in MACFA B vs. C competition Sunday.
How it Happened
• Hopkins claimed victory in the Foil but dropped an 18-9 decision to Columbia in the opening round. Senior Jay Petrie and sophomore Jared LeBron led the Blue Jays with two wins each in the Foil with sophomore Ian Maddox clinching the win. The Lions won the Epee (6-3) while sophomore Matthias Philippine won two of his three bouts. In the Sabre, freshman Brian Huang won one bout in an 8-1 loss to Columbia.
• The Blue Jays then dropped a tough 14-13 decision to the NJIT Highlanders despite a 6-3 win in the Sabre. Petrie and Philippine each earned two wins in the Foil and Epee respectively. Juniors Daniel Dembner and Patrick Rose and sophomore Sandy Vingoe combined for six wins in leading the Blue Jays to a win in the Sabre.
• Hopkins then lost to host Penn, 24-3, in round three as the Quakers swept all three weapons. Senior Jonathan Mui picked up the lone Blue Jays’ win in the Foil (1-8) while Vingoe and Rose each grabbed a win in the Sabre (2-7).
• The Blue Jays grabbed their first win of the weekend with an 18-9 victory over the UNC Tar Heels. Hopkins swept all three weapons in the win. Petrie and Maddox each won all three of their bouts in a 7-2 win in the Foil. In the Epee, Philippine and sophomore Max White combined for four wins and White clinched the victory (5-4) in the final bout. Vingoe and Rose each won two bouts and JHU claimed the Sabre, 6-3.
• Hopkins opened competition on Sunday with a hard-fought 14-13 win over Stevens, fueled by wins in the Foil (5-4) and Epee (5-4). Petrie swept his round, and earned the clinching win, to lead the Blue Jays in the Foil. Philippine turned the same trick in the Epee in the close victory. The Ducks grabbed a 5-4 win in the Sabre, despite two wins from Vingoe.
• The Blue Jays then swept all three weapons in a 20-7 win over the Army West Point Black Knights. Senior Glenn Balbus won all three of his bouts as the Foil squad won 8-1. In the Epee, it was sophomore Lyle Poisson leading the way with three wins in a 7-2 squad victory. Sophomore David Austin continued the trend by sweeping his round and clinching the 5-4 win for Hopkins in the Sabre.
• Hopkins followed with a 20-7 win over host Hunter and wins in the Sabre (7-2) and Foil (9-0). Maddox grabbed three wins to pace the Blue Jays in the Foil while Poisson and Philippine each won two in a tough 5-4 loss in the Epee. Brian Huang led the Sabre squad with three wins in the round.
• The Blue Jays improved to 4-0 on the day with a 23-4 win over the TCNJ Lions and a sweep of all three weapons. Maddox once again led the Foil squad (8-1) to victory with three wins. In the Epee, Poisson, senior Andy Huang and freshman Sahib Singh each won two bouts in a 6-3 victory. Austin and Dembner combined for six wins in a 9-0 Blue Jay win in the Sabre.
• Hopkins closed out the day with a 26-1 win over Yeshiva. Five fencers competed the Blue Jays in the Foil and Maddox led the way to a 9-0 win with three wins of his own. The Epee saw junior Dylan Etzel and Andy Huang combine for six wins as JHU won 8-1. And in the Sabre, Austin, Dembner and Brian Huang each went 3-0 for the Blue Jays.
What it Means
• The win over North Carolina was just the eighth in series history, but all eight have come since 2007. The Blue Jays are 8-13 against the Tar Heels during that stretch.
• Hopkins is now 6-3 on the season, its best start since the 2012-13 when the Blue Jays went 7-2 in their first nine dual meets.
• Senior Glenn Balbus earned his 200th career win in the Foil in the victory over Army. He currently has 203 career Foil victories, ranking him 13th in school history. Earlier this year he reached the 200-win mark for overall victories, as his combined record is now 213-93.
• Senior Jay Petrie finishes the weekend with 246 career wins, leaving him just four shy of 250. Seniors Andy Huang and Jonathan Mui each need just two wins to reach 100 for their careers.
• Johns Hopkins will be idle over the Thanksgiving Break and returns to action on Sunday, December 6 at the annual Brandeis Invitational.