Last week the Lawrence Fencing team began their season with the Badger open at the University of Wisconsin. Both the men’s and women’s teams came out focused and ready to win.
The lady Vikings completely ransacked their opponents, winning 4-0 versus the Big Ten institutions. They defeated Wisconsin 10-8, 16-2 against Iowa, and had dramatic wins over both Illinois (19-8), and Minnesota (20-7). Freshman Allison Kim and junior Natalie Hagopian were unbeaten, while seniors Annabelle Tsai, Lauren Phillips, and freshman Carson Becker also had good bouts. The team overall did an excellent job and represented Lawrence well with such an outstanding start to their season.
The men’s team also did not disappoint, with a 4-1 overall score. They had some tight duals with Wisconsin (14-13), and Northwestern, who did defeat them 12-6. But they came back with stunning wins against Minnesota (24-3), Illinois (15-12), and Iowa (25-2). Junior Joe Davis, freshman Jakub Nowak, and sophomore Nathan Schlesinger all did extremely well, and their team had a great finish. With a sweep of the competition at the Badger Open, Lawrence is proud of our fencing team. After such a strong start, be sure to see their upcoming competition of Jan. 28 and 29 at the DiCicco Duals!