Matt Janney ’15 (Valparaiso, Ind.) placed second in the mixed epee division and Michael Abrell ’15 (Chicago) placed seventh in the mixed sabre. Fencing head coach Matt Cameron said a top eight finish is considered a strong showing.
Janney’s second place finish improves his United States Fencing Association national rating to the D level. He defeated some strong sectional opposition on his way to the championship match. The increased rating will give him a higher pre-seed in all of Culver’s Great Lakes Fencing Conference tournaments this season. His loss came to a B-rated player.
Abrell’s seventh place finish came after he lost to the eventual tournament champion. Also going to the tournament were Cassidy Trammell ’16 (Goshen, Ind.), who placed 11th in mixed epee; Mitchell Kokko ’15 (Madison, Miss.), 14th, mixed foil; and Charlie Chen ’16 (Culver), 18th, mixed foil.
The goal of the Purdue Fall Open was to gain experience before the upcoming high school season. Cameron said the fencing team has been working hard in preseason on fundamentals and bout strategy.