Fencing team shows well at home

By Matt Horning

Feb. 5, 2018

The 2018 John Szent-Kiraly Open fencing tournament was held Jan. 21 in Cleveland State University’s Woodling Gymnasium.

Six student-athletes represented Cleveland State at the event, with freshman Declan Forth placing fifth on the day, the highest ranking of the participants.

Forth, whose weapon of choice is the saber, won his group matches, also known as “pool play”, to help take fifth overall in the mixed-saber group.

Isaiah Williams, a freshman in saber, finished 19th out of 21 competitors in the mixed-saber group.
In foil and epee, Vincenzo Trovato managed to place the highest of the Cleveland State fencers, taking 13th overall in foil and 17th overall in epee.

Trovato, a sophomore, entered the foil competition as the 21st seed, but managed three wins in group play and scored a major victory against David Galinsky from the University of Pittsburgh.

He fell to eventual champion Audin Dronsart from Ohio State University in the round of 16.
In epee, a type of thin saber like blade, Trovato managed to win all of his pool matches before losing to Geoffrey Landis from On Target Fencing in the round of 32 to end his tournament hopes.

Cleveland State sophomore Jakarri Kent, primarily a foil wielding fencer, placed 18  in the foil event after picking up four wins and one loss in pool play.

Emma Hartlaub, a freshman, placed 32nd out of 40 competitors at the event, while junior Colton Porter managed to take 31nd in epee out of 50 competitors.

John King, the assistant coach of the fencing team, also competed at the event. He managed a respectable 8th place finish in the epee group and fought to a 28th place finish in foil.

The Cleveland State fencing team will next be on the floor for the NU Duals held at Northwestern University during the first weekend in February.



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