Fencers out to make a point this weekend


oua_logoOntario University Athletics has reached the beginning of the winter championships season and the first medals of 2014 will be given out at McMaster University, as the Marauders are hosts for the OUA Men’s Fencing Championship, Feb. 1-2 in the David Braley Centre Sport Hall.

The Queen’s Gaels come as the three-time defending overall and sabre champions and expectations are they will be strong in sabre once again. In preparation for the championships, Jimmy Wintle and Will Tran earned silver and bronze respectively at the Brock Open in November, while the team of Wintle, Tran and Peter Huan were second at the Carleton Invitational in January.

After finishing second in the overall competition at each of the last two OUA championships, the Toronto Varsity Blues will be looking to claim gold for the first time since 2009. The strength of the Blues is the foil event, where they have claimed six straight and 12 of the last 14 championships in the weapon. Toronto will be led by 2013 OUA all-star Tomasz Blazejewski in the foil and Andrew Wang who earned all-star honours in the sabre event.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees are after a third straight epee title. Returning to the piste for the Gee-Gees is Kingston, Ont. native Kerr Hutchinson, who guided his team to last year’s epee win and earned OUA all-star recognition in the process.

Also competing is a talented group from the Royal Military College of Canada. While the team will challenge in all weapons, its best opportunity is likely to come in the epee and sabre events. The Paladins will rely on second-year epeeist Harrison Kelertas, who was instrumental in his team claiming gold in the epee at the Royal Military Academy in Belgium this past November. Kelertas, who hails from Montreal, is a former youth national champion in the discipline.

Rounding out the competition will be teams from Brock, Western, Carleton, Ryerson and the host Marauders.

The men’s fencing championships will feature individual competition on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. On Sunday action will resume at 9 a.m. as schools will battle for the team title. Awards will be presented on both days of the event, following the completion of competition.

Schedule

Saturday

Individual Events
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S EPEE
9 a.m. Check in closes: ALL WEAPONS
9:15 a.m. Coaches, officials meeting
9:30 a.m. ME individual begins
10 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S FOIL
10:30 a.m. MF individual begins
11 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S SABRE
11:30 a.m. MS individual begins
4:30 p.m. Individual Medal Presentation

Sunday

Team Events
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
8:30 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S EPEE TEAM
8:30 a.m. Check in closes: ALL WEAPONS
8:45 a.m. Coaches, officials meeting
9 a.m. ME team begins
9:15 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S FOIL TEAM
10 a.m. MF team begins
10:15 a.m. Equipment control, MEN’S SABRE TEAM
11 a.m. MS team begins
4 p.m. Team Medal Presentations