Sabre rattling produces silver for McMaster

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.