Cornell Men's Fencing Starts 2016-17 Season at the Temple Open

02 Nov 2016
Posted by Calvin Au

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On Sunday October 30, 2016, the Cornell Men’s Fencing Club traveled down to Temple University in Philadelphia to compete in the Temple Open. It was the first competition for the 2016-2017 fencing season. We entered 15 fencers into the competition, 10 of which were Freshmen fencing their first ever tournament representing Cornell.

With multiple top 32 finishes and a top 16 finish in Men’s foil by Junior, Eric Cho (13th of 90 in Men’s Foil,) the team established a strong presence at the first tournament of the season. Cho reflected on his beginnings with the team as well as his optimism for the future despite a tough tournament: “Fencing at Temple with so many new faces on the team was refreshing. It seems like just yesterday I was a freshman getting ready to compete at Temple. I was happy with the way everyone fenced and I think it was a great learning experience for all. The competition was tough, but everyone gave it their all and I’m looking forward to competing with the boys again soon.”

Senior Captain Calvin Au (24th of 90 in Men’s Foil) shared Cho’s confidence in the team after watching his team fence at Temple: “I was extremely impressed with the guys that competed this past weekend at the Temple Open. Out of the 15 competing, we had 10 Freshmen that were new to travelling and competing with the team. Each and every one of them displayed exceptional sportsmanship and fought for every touch in every bout. There were several top 32 finishes. Overall, I’m very proud of how the team handled themselves the entire trip and I’d say it’s an excellent start to the season.”
Not only serving as an opening tournament to the 2016-2017 competitive season, Temple Open also served as an opportunity for teammates to bond and get to know each other beyond practice. Senior Saber Fencer Ben Goldman (44th of 82 in Men’s Saber) commented: “I enjoyed seeing the guys compete for the first time this season. It was a great team bonding experience that will make us stronger going forward. We are excited to see how we can grow as a team and improve throughout the season.”

Building off Goldman’s comments about how the tournament brought him closer to his teammates, Freshman Saber fencer Laurence Zhang (48th of 82 in Men’s Saber) commented on how the tournament helped motivate him and the team as a whole for the season ahead: “I enjoyed seeing the guys compete for the first time this season. It was a great team bonding experience that will make us stronger going forward. We are excited to see how we can grow as a team and improve throughout the season.”

For Épée, a young squad in terms of upper and lower classman, two Freshmen made Cornell’s presence known. Grant Uebele (22nd of 97 in Men’s Épée) explains how this tournament not only served as his introduction to the team, but also as a culmination of all his time spent practicing so far: “Although this was the first tournament of the season, I felt as if my time spent practicing and training with the team had really contributed to my performance. This tournament not only served as a good introduction to the season ahead, but also helped me really bond and connect with my teammates. As a freshman, this was really important to me, and I believe the bonds I have made will really help both this year and for the years to come.”
The other top 32 finish, Freshman Kevin Wang (30th of 97 in Men’s Épée) comments on how despite he didn’t achieve his desired result, a few close matches gives hope for the future: “Overall, I thought I fenced pretty well for the first tournament of the year. It wasn’t perfect so I didn’t get the results I wanted, but I had fun and won some close matches.”

With strong finishes in all three weapons coupled with a newfound determination and sense of team unity, the 2016 Temple Open served as an optimistic opening for the Cornell Men’s Fencing Club. The team continues on its season at Hunter (Nov. 20th) and Brandeis (Dec. 4th) later this year.

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