CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Three Duke men captured medals in the individual portion of the final day at the ACC Fencing Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday afternoon. Junior Bryn Hammarberg registered his first ACC title in epee while senior Pascual Di Tella and sophomore Eoin Gronningsater each garnered silver in their respective weapons.
Hammarberg entered the semifinals as the fourth seed after going 8-4 in pool play. The Maplewood, N.J., native faced top-seeded teammate Amit Sarma in a battle for the finals as Hammarberg secured the victory to go on to defeat second-seeded Ariel Simmons of Notre Dame (15-11) to notch the crown.
Top-seeded Di Tella faced off against fourth-seeded Matthew Garrelick and came away with a 15-10 victory in the semifinals and fell in a hard-fought battle to No. 2 Jonah Shainberg (15-14) in the finals. Last season, Di Tella defeated Shainberg to claim his first ACC title.
Also the top seed in foil was Gronningsater. The product of Brooklyn, N.Y., hit the strips with teammate and fourth-ranked Brycen Rushing and won 15-11 to move on to the finals, before falling in the championship bout to second-ranked Nick Itkin (15-11).
Also competing today was the Blue Devil women in the team event.
The Duke women entered the weekend seeded second and ranked 10th in the nation. The Blue Devils defeated top-seeded and the top-team in the country, Notre Dame, 15-12, to send the afternoon to a tiebreak. Duke, Notre Dame and North Carolina were all 2-1 on the day as Duke defeated Boston College, 22-5, and fell to North Carolina, 14-13.
The Blue Devils and Tar Heels competed in a fence-off with a best-2-out-of-3-weapon tiebreaker, and the winner would face the Irish for the ACC title.
The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils 2-1 (saber 5-3, foil 2-5, epee 5-3) to go on to upset Notre Dame for the ACC title.
Select Blue Devils will return to competition Saturday, March 10, for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional in Easton, Pa.
Women’s Team (2-1)
No. 10 Duke 22, Boston College 5
No. 10 Duke 15, No. 1 Notre Dame 12
North Carolina 14, No. 10 Duke 13
North Carolina 2, No. 10 Duke 1 (S5-3, F2-5, E 5-3)
North Carolina 2, No. 1 Notre Dame 1 (S5-4, F2-5, E5-2)