Kingston – McMaster picked up a bronze medal at the Ontario University Athletics men’s fencing championships over the Feb. 10-12 weekend. Competing at Queen’s University, the Marauders placed third in the team sabre event and Mohammed Alshayeb was named an OUA All-Star for the first time in his varsity career.
Other results for the Marauders included a Team Epee finish of 8th place. Marauder Kirill Jacenko finished 12th in the individual epee while Mike Nedelko was the top finisher for McMaster in the individual foil with 14th place. As a team, McMaster finished fifth overall. In the individual sabre, Samir Ksara and Michael Irvine took 10th and 11th.
The Queen’s Gaels and Toronto Varsity Blues finished the championships tied for first place and after a tiebreaker with one fencer from each team competing in each weapon, the Gaels were victorious.
The final best-of-three scenario started with the Foil competition that was won by the Varsity Blues 5-0, next in the Epee event Queen’s forced a final match with a 5-4 win. The final decision on the overall champion came down to a first to five between the Gaels Francois Beaucage-Gauvreau and the Varsity Blues Gordon Geringas where Beaucage-Gauvreau defeated Geringas 5-2 securing the championship for Queen’s.
On the day the team Foil went to the Toronto team followed by Carleton and Queen’s. The team Epee was won by Ottawa with Queen’s and Ryerson also placing while the team Sabre went to Toronto with Western and McMaster closing out second and third respectively.
In the individual Epee, Ottawa Gee-Gee Marc-Andre Leblanc finished first followed by Queen’s Gael Karl Gardner and Ryerson Ram Arseni Tikhomirov. The individual Foil event saw Varsity Blues Kyle Chan and Tomasz Blazejewski finish first and second respectively. Alecs Tudors of the Carleton Ravens rounded out the top three. The Queen’s Gaels Francois Beaucage-Gauvreau successfully defended his individual Sabre title from a year ago with the top three being filled out by the Varsity Blues Gordon Geringas and RMC Paladins Steven Morris.
OUA All-Stars were John Wright from the Gee-Gees in the Epee, Dean Loubert from the Gaels, Mohammed Alshayeb from the Marauders and Alexandre Salat from Carleton in the Foil and Mike Ivankovic from the Ravens in the Sabre. The George Tully Trophy for sportsmanship was awarded to Beaucage-Gauvreau from the Gaels.