The McMaster men’s sabre team upset favourites Carleton and RMC on their way to capturing silver at the 2011 Ontario University Athletics championship over the weekend (Feb. 19-20).
The sabre team of Michael Irvine (Georgetown), Samir Ksara (Mississauga), rookie Liam Jackson (Brantford) and Lucas Cheng (Scarborough) opened the draw with a win defeating Carleton, 45-44. They then beat RMC 45-44 to advance to the medal final against Queen’s. The Gaels proved too strong in the final taking the match 45-24 giving the Marauders the silver medal.
Irvine, who was a last minute addition to the sabre team switching weapons, produced an impressive eighth place finish in the foil competition amongst an incredibly strong field.
“In my 30-plus years coaching at McMaster I haven’t seen as strong a field. The top eight is riddled with fencers of Olympic, International and National levels,” said head coach Dave O’Donnell.
In the same event, second-year Mike Nedelko (Stoney Creek) earned an 11th place finish and rookie Mohammed Alshayeb (Qatif) placed 17th.
In the individual sabre event, fourth-year Cheng finished 14th overall, veteran fencer Ksara placed 15th and Daniel Angeloni (King City) finished a respectable 20th.
Individual results for the Epee event included Scot Brown (North York) finishing 15th. Second-year Tomas Gverzdys (London) and third-year David Cocchiarella (Burlington) finished 25th and 26th, respectively and Kirill Jacenko (Port Elgin) placed 30th.