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Pascual Di Tella
Di Tella Claims ACC Title in Men's Saber
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/26/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke closed out the final day of the 2017 ACC Fencing Championships Sunday with junior Pascual Di Tella claiming the men’s saber title.

In the men’s saber competition, Di Tella and freshman Agoston Walter advanced to the semifinals after posting records of 11-2 and 9-4, respectively, in pool play. Di Tella entered the semifinals as the No. 1 seed and battled teammate and No. 4 seed Walter, with Di Tella gaining the 15-7 win to advance to the championship bout. The product of Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires, Argentina then dominated in the final bout to defeat No. 2 seed and defending champion Jonah Shainberg of Notre Dame 15-6.

Walter went on to defeat No. 3 Jonathan Fitzgerald of Notre Dame 15-14 in a close battle for bronze.

In men’s foil, freshman Eoin Gronningsater posted a 12-3 ledger in pool play and entered the semifinals as the No. 2 seed. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native faced off against No. 3 Kristjan Archer of Notre Dame and fell 15-10 but went on to claim third place by upsetting No. 1 Mazem Khazbak of Notre Dame.

Sophomore Bryn Hammarberg earned his spot on the podium by posting an 11-3 record in pools and moving to the semifinals as the No. 1 seed. Hammarberg fought hard but came up just short in the semifinals to eventual champion Ariel Simmons of Notre Dame, 15-14. Hammarberg was able to garner bronze by defeating No. 2 Matt Shlimak of North Carolina.

“Today was a great day for Pascual, Bryn, Agoston and Eoin and they were able to end ACCs on a high note,” said head coach Alex Beguinet. “Pascual deserved to win. He fenced well, he was strong and he definitely should have been in the finals so that was good. Yesterday, the men fenced so hard against Notre Dame and I was worried they would be too tired today. But these guys finished strong and had a good end to this weekend. It was just very good.”

In addition to the men, the tenth-ranked Duke women finished second in the team standings after entering the weekend as the No. 3 seed behind Notre Dame and North Carolina.

The Blue Devil women picked up wins against Boston College (22-5) and North Carolina (16-9) and fell to Notre Dame (20-7).

Camille Esnault was stellar for the epee squad and posted an 8-1 record to lead the epeeists and Blue Devil women.

Yesterday’s silver medalist in saber, Lindsay Sapienza, and Haley Fisher performed well for the saberists as they both went 7-2 on the day, while senior captain Julia Lee led the foilists with four victories.

The Blue Devil fencers will return to competition Saturday, March 11 for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional meet, in Easton, Pa.

A complete look at Duke’s results from today’s competitions can be found below:

Men’s Saber
1. Pascual Di Tella
3. Agoston Walter
8. Duncan De Caire
DNF. Peter Yang

Mens’s Foil
3. Eoin Gronningsater
7. Jonathan Schwartzman
8. Jan Maceczek
11. Will Feldman

Men’s Epee
3. Bryn Hammarberg
9. Aidan McGinnis
11. Dakota Nollner

Women’s Team (2-1)
Duke 16, North Carolina 11
Duke 22, Boston College 5
Notre Dame 20, Duke 7

Women’s Saber Team (2-1)
Haley Fisher (7-2)
Lindsay Sapienza (7-2)
Jennifer Ling (4-5)

Women’s Epee Team (2-1)
Camille Esnault (8-1)
Claudia Wrampelmeier (4-3)
Rita Somogyi (2-6)
Vivian Wang (2-1)

Women’s Foil Team (1-2)
Julia Lee (4-3)
Zuzu Tang (3-6)
Kristen Coury (2-5)
Rhiannon Harvey (2-2)