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March 25, 2011

Princeton's Jonathan Yergler Claims Silver at 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Princeton's Jonathan Yergler, Penn's Evan Prochniak, and Yale's Peter Cohen claimed individual medals as the men's portion of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships came to a close on Friday from Ohio State's French Field House. Yergler made a run to the championship epee bout, while Prochniak fell in the sabre semifinals and Cohen in the epee semifinals.

On the overall scoreboard, Harvard is tied for fourth with Ohio State with 65 points, followed by sixth-place Princeton (63), seventh-place Penn (55) and 10th-place Columbia (40). Notre Dame holds the lead with 90 points, followed by Penn State, which has 84 points. Yale is in 11th with 37 points, while Brown is tied for 21st with seven points.

Yergler finished pool play in second, with his 16 victories tied for the most among all the epeeists and trailing Marat Israelian of St. John's in indicator margin, 29-27. As the second seed entering direct elimination, Yergler took on Marco Caneveri of the home-standing Buckeyes and posted a 15-9 win to advance. Then in the championship bout, Yergler was matched up with top-seeded Israelian. Yergler fell behind early but eventually cut Israelian's lead to 11-8 before eventually ending up on the wrong end of the 15-10 final score.

Also medaling in epee for the Ivies was Yale's Peter Cohen, who tied for third following pool play with 15 wins. As the fourth seed, Cohen met Israelian in the semifinals, where he fell 15-4. Cohen earned first team All-American honors for his third-place showing.

Along with Yergler and Cohen, Harvard's Mike Raynis, Columbia's Alen Hadzic and Penn's Jacob Wischnia finished in the top-12 to also earn All-America honors. Raynis finished sixth with 14 wins at the championship en route to second team honors. Hadzic, who finished ninth with 13 wins, and Wischnia, who finished tenth with 13 wins, earned third team All-America status.   

Prochniak overcame a strong sabre field to finish with the bronze and claim first team All-American honors. After pool play, Prochniak was seeded fourth with 17 wins. He was defeated in the semifinals by Daryl Homer of St. John's, 15-7. Homer went on to claim the championship.

Harvard's Valentin Staller finished ninth in sabre with 13 wins and claimed third team All-American honors. Princeton's John Stogin narrowly missed All-America status as he finished 13th.   

In foil, four Ivy student-athletes earned All-American honors led by Yale's Nathaniel Botwinick, who finished sixth with 15 wins. Joining Botwinick on the All-American second team was Princeton's Alexander Mills, who had 13 wins. Columbia's Alex Pensler finished ninth with 13 wins, while Penn's Vidur Kapur totaled 10 wins and finished 12th to earn third team honors.
 
The 2011 NCAA fencing championships continue tomorrow, March 26 when the women take to the strips.

Standings Through Day Two
1. Notre Dame, 90                    
2. Penn State, 84                     
3. St. John's, 71                
4. Harvard, 65                 
4. Ohio State, 65                
6. Princeton, 63                  
7. Penn, 55                  
8. Stanford, 50                 
9. Duke, 43                 
10. Columbia, 40                 
11. Yale, 37                      
12. Air Force, 35                 
13. Sacred Heart, 27                 
14. Vassar College, 18                
15. Brandeis, 15                
16. Wayne State, 11                             
17. Boston College, 9                            
17. New York University, 9                       
19.  Detroit Mercy, 8                       
19.  Drew, 8                           
21. Brown, 7                              
21. Cleveland State, 7                
23. U.C. San Diego, 6                              
24. UNC, 5