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Princeton's Yergler Claims Epee Title at the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships

Princeton's Jonathan Yergler

Final Results (HTML)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Entering the final day of fencing with the best chance of the other 24 teams to catch the leaders from Ohio State, Princeton was unable to mount a comeback and the Buckeyes claimed the 2012 NCAA Fencing Championships. But the Tigers held off 20111 NCAA Champion Notre Dame to finish second and the Ivy League saw five men's fencers earn medals on the final day of action, including NCAA Championship gold medal performance by Jonathan Yergler.

In epee, Princeton's Yergler and Columbia's Alen Hadzic both earned spots in the semifinals to earn first team All-America honors. Yergler had 15 wins in pool play, while Hadzic posted 17. In the semifinals, Yergler downed Ohio State's Marco Canevari, 15-10, and Hadzic edged Ohio State's Kristian Boyadzhiev to set up an All-Ivy League final. Yergler went on to win the title, 15-8, to become the League's 18th all-time men's epee NCAA Champion, and the first since Harvard's Benji Ungar in 2006.

Valentin Staller of Harvard and Philip Dershwitz of Princeton each earned first team All-America honors by qualifying for the medal round, as Staller finished pool play with 15 wins and Dershwitz posted 16. In the semifinal round, Dershwitz was edged by Penn State's Aleksander Ochocki, 15-12. Staller was able to make the NCAA Championship bout with a 15-13 win over Ohio State's Max Stearns, but he then lost to Ochocki in the final, 15-11, to place second.

Princeton's Alexander Mills advanced to the men's foil semifinals after amassing 18 wins in round-robin action. In the semifinals, he was edged by Turner Caldwell of Stanford, 15-12, to finish in a tie for third and claim first team All-America honors.

Also earning All-America honors in men's epee were Harvard's Peregrine Badger (second team), Princeton's Edward Kelley (second team) and Penn's Rene Gannon-O'Gara (third team). Badger placed sixth with 14 wins, Kelley finished eighth with 13 wins and Gannon-O'Gara also had 13 wins and placed 10th.

The Ivies also placed three players on the All-America second team in foil, including Penn's Vidur Kapur, Yale's Shiv Kachru and Harvard's Lucas Lin. Kapur totaled 15 wins to place sixth, while Kachru (seventh) and Lin (eight) each had 14 wins. Lin's Crimson teammate Brian Kaneshige earned third team honors, as his 13 wins were good for 12th.

Four additional Ivy fencers joined Staller and Dershwitz as All-Americans, including second team honorees William Spear of Columbia and Evan Prochniak of Penn. Spear, the Ivy League Performer and Rookie of the 2012 Round-Robins, totaled 15 wins, one shy of medal round qualification, while Prochniak recorded 13 wins to finish eighth. Columbia's Michael Josephs and Yale's Nathaniel Benzimra claimed third team honors, with the duo notching 12 wins and placing 12th and 13th, respectively.  

On the overall team scoreboard, Princeton entered day four in second place, 14 points behind the leaders from Ohio State. In the end, the Buckeyes totaled 182 points to claim the title, while Princeton held off Notre Dame to place second with 161 points. The Irish finished third with 160 points, while St. John's (158), Penn State (151), Harvard (136), Penn (124), Columbia (97), Duke (67) and Stanford (62) rounded out the top-10. Yale (50) went on to finish 12th, followed by Brown (44) in 13th and Cornell (18) in 18th.

2012 Ivy League All-Americans

Women's Epee (4)
First Team: Katherine Holmes (Princeton)
Second Team: Hannah Safford (Princeton)
Second Team: Lydia Kopecky (Columbia)
Third team: Amrit Bhinder (Penn)

Women's Foil (5)
First Team: Luona Wang (Penn)
Second Team: Lauren Miller (Yale)
Third Team: Ambika Singh (Princeton)
Third Team: Alexandra Kiefer (Harvard)
Third Team: Eve Levin (Princeton)

Women's Sabre (4)
First Team: Eliza Stone (Princeton)
Second Team: Caroline Vloka (Harvard)
Third Team: Dominika Franciszkowicz (Penn)
Third Team: Samantha Roberts (Columbia)

Men's Epee (5)
First Team: Jonathan Yergler (Princeton)
First Team: Alen Hadzic (Columbia)
Second Team: Peregrine Badger (Harvard)
Second Team: Edward Kelley (Princeton)
Third Team: Rene Gannon-O'Gara (Penn)

Men's Foil (5)
First Team: Alexander Mills (Princeton)
Second Team: Vidur Kapur (Penn)
Second Team: Shiv Kachru (Yale)
Second Team: Lucas Lin (Harvard)
Third Team: Brian Kaneshige (Harvard)

Men's Sabre (6)
First Team: Valentin Staller (Harvard)
First Team: Philip Dershwitz (Princeton)
Second Team: William Spear (Columbia)
Second Team: Evan Prochniak (Penn)
Third Team: Michael Josephs (Columbia)
Third Team: Nathaniel Benzimra (Yale)

Final Team Standings
1. Ohio State -- 182
2. Princeton -- 161           
3. Notre Dame -- 160
4. St. John's -- 158           
5. Penn State -- 151           
6. Harvard -- 136           
7. Penn -- 124           
8. Columbia -- 97           
9. Duke -- 67
10. Stanford -- 62           
11. Northwestern -- 52           
12. Yale -- 50           
13. Brown -- 44           
14. Temple -- 40                                       
15. U.S. Air Force Academy  -- 26                         
16. Sacred Heart -- 23
17. Wayne State -- 19           
18. Cornell -- 18              
t19. Boston College -- 14           
t19. North Carolina -- 14              
21. Vassar College -- 12           
22. New York University -- 11              
23. Brandeis -- 7             
24. M.I.T. -- 5           
25. U.C. San Diego -- 1