Bacon claims two men's fencing medals at ECC tournament

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
ECC epee champion Ian Senerth, coach David Comas-Diaz and Matt Benjamin, who placed third in foil, celebrate wit the Bacon Academy team at the ECC fencing tournament. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
ECC epee champion Ian Senerth, coach David Comas-Diaz and Matt Benjamin, who placed third in foil, celebrate wit the Bacon Academy team at the ECC fencing tournament. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

Bacon Academy came home from the Eastern Connecticut Conference fencing tournament Feb. 22 with two medals. In men's epee, Ian Senerth claimed the championship, defeating Waterford's Micah Greenleaf, the second place finisher, in the final match by a slim 15-14 margin. Bacon teammate Matt Benjamin, who competed in men's foil, defeated Corey Jones of Fitch by a decisive 15-8 score in his consolation round for the bronze medal. Benjamin's only loss for the day was to Matt Chan of East Lyme, the division champion. Reuben Deglin of NFA placed second in foil.

Norwich Free Academy dominated this year's foil competitions, claiming the team championship in both men's and women's divisions. Angelica Rayment placed first in foil for the Wildcat girls, edging out East Lyme’s Angeline Adamski in a 15-9 match, and her NFA teammate Abigail Wichael came in third. It was icing on the cake for the Wildcat women foilists, who had led the league all season with a perfect meet record of 16-0.

Although NFA’s men’s epee team tied for first with St. Bernard for the regular season with matching 9-3 records, it was edged out by Fitch in the tournament standings.

In women’s epee, St. Bernard tied for first place with Fitch and placed two medalists on the podium: Patricia Steinhagen of Griswold, who took second place to Ledyard’s Quinn Duwelius; and Cassie Meehan of Oakdale, who placed fourth. Peter Yackovetsky of the Saints also placed fourth in men’s epee.

Griswold's Noah Higgins and Meghan Ertl posted their team's best finishes of the day, each placing eighth in epee.

State individual fencing championships are slated for March 1 at Hopkins High School in New Haven. The state team tournament will be the following week at Guilford.
 
 


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