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Hardwicke wins gold, Rams finish fourth

By Andrea Elliott

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams men's fencing team came one point shy of an overall bronze medal at the 2017 OUA fencing championship hosted by Brock University this past weekend.

Samuel Hardwicke successfully defended his OUA gold medal in the individual foil competition. Ranked No. 1 entering the competition, Hardwicke never dropped a match en route to his OUA title.

The next day, Hardwicke helped the Rams foil team claim bronze in the team relay event, another repeat performance for Ryerson. 

The men's epee team also found the podium on Sunday, winning the bronze medal in the team relay.

Other individual results include an 11th and 13th place finish in foil from Gianfranc Pipitone and Michael Francki, respectively. The fourth member of the foil team, Matthew Lahey finished 30th in individual results.

In epee, Leon Hu finished 10th while Jason Schneider placed 20th. Danny Jang and Raphael El Haddad rounded out the epee results with 26th and 28th finishes, respectively.

Joven De Guzman was the Rams top finisher in sabre in 10th place. Anton Strelkovskyy placed 24th, Jafer Kamoonpuri was 30th and Shawn Gaviola finished in 38th.

The overall fourth place finished tops last year's fifth place finish.

Final Standings
1. Toronto (254)
2. Carleton (230)
3. RMC (173)
4. Ryerson (172)
5. York (149)
6. Queen's (135)
7. Western (128)
8. Brock (96)
9. Ottawa (95)
10. McMaster (66)
11. Trent (1)
12. Guelph (0)

Individual Foil
1. Samuel Hardwicke - Ryerson
2. Philip McCully - Carleton
3. Geoffrey Devaney - Carleton

Individual Epee
1. Colin Dale - Toronto
2. Zachary Zanussi - Carleton
3. Dani Mansour - RMC

Individual Sabre
1. Adrien Sparling - York
2. William Kinney - Toronto
3. Kenneth West - Queen's

Team Relay Foil
1. Carleton
2. Ottawa
3. Ryerson

Team Relay Epee
1. Toronto
2. RMC
3. Ryerson

Team Relay Sabre
1. York
2. Toronto
3. RMC

OUA All-Stars
Colin Dale - Toronto
Geoffrey Devaney - Carleton
Patrick Fournier - Ottawa
Samuel Hardwicke - Ryerson
William Kinney - Toronto
Dani Mansour - RMC
Philip McCully - Carleton
Adrien Sparling - York
Kenneth West - Queen's
Garrett Whelan - RMC
Logan Wilford - Brock
Zachary Zanussi - Carleton

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