DURHAM, N.C. – No. 1 Notre Dame finished undefeated and swept the foil, saber and epee trophies on day one of the Duke Fencing Home Meet in Card Gym on Saturday, while the host Blue Devils posted a 2-1 record with wins against North Carolina and Johns Hopkins.
The top-ranked Fighting Irish took top honors at Duke’s 13th annual home tournament with wins of 18-9 against North Carolina, 19-8 against Duke and 23-4 against Johns Hopkins. Notre Dame did not lose a single weapon during their three matches despite a narrow 5-4 win against Duke’s saber squad.
The Blue Devils (16-4) posted a 21-6 win against Johns Hopkins in the opening round and a 17-10 victory against the Tar Heels in the event’s finale. The win against North Carolina gives Duke half of a point in the year-long Continental Tire “Battle for the Blues” competition, cutting the Tar Heel lead to 10-3.5.
All three of Duke’s weapons went 2-1 on the day with their only losses coming at the hands of Notre Dame. Senior All-America Dorian Cohen led the Blue Devil foils with a 7-2 record, and junior epee Tristan Jones matched him with a 7-2 record of his own.
Cohen, who owns a 178-49 career record, now leads the Duke men’s squad with a 54-6 record on the year. The 54 wins are a career high for the Brooklyn, N.Y., native who has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of his first three seasons. Jones, meanwhile, improved to an epee-leading 48-12 this season, which also sets a career high for the Andover, N.H., native.
Sophomore Anthony Lin paced the Duke sabers with a 6-2 mark to bump his season’s record to 40-12.