COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Jonathan Parker sits in third place in the men’s epee field, and senior Dorian Cohen ranks eighth in men’s foil after the first day of the 2011 NCAA Fencing Tournament at Ohio State University.
Parker, in his second NCAA Championship appearance, went 10-4 on the tournament’s opening day and trails only St. John’s Marat Israelian and Princeton’s Jonathan Yergler, who both won 11 of their 14 bouts. Parker did not face either of those fencers, but will tomorrow when the men’s side resumes with rounds five through seven at 9:30 a.m. and the medal rounds at 2 p.m.
Cohen, a two-time All-America who earned his fourth straight NCAA Championship this year, went 8-6 on opening day. Among his victories were a 5-1 win over Air Force’s Dan Cohen, who currently ranks fifth and took sixth place at the event as a freshman in 2009 when he fenced for Duke, and a 5-3 win over Stanford’s Turner Caldwell, who stands in seventh place. Cohen already owns two top-10 finishes at the event, taking sixth place as a freshman and eighth place as a junior.
The second and final day of the men’s competition begins tomorrow, March 25, at 9:30 a.m. Duke has placed at least two fencers in the top 10 for four straight years and will look to extend that streak with the four members of the men’s team and two women, which includes 2009 NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward and 2010 All-America Emily D'Agostino. The women’s competition begins on Saturday and concludes on Sunday.