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Holtz sixth in foil, Williams ninth in epee at NCAA championships



By Martin Dickau

Foilist Russell Holtz '85 and 'ep'eeist Alan Williams '85 traveled to Indiana this week for the 1985 NCAA Fencing Championships, hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Holtz, who finished third at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association (IFA) Championships two weekends ago, placed sixth among the top 30 foil fencers in the nation with a 12-6 record. Holtz was seventh at last year's competition.

Wayne State's Stephan Chauvel, a native of France, took the top foil spot. Jerome Demarque of Yale, this year's IFA champion, placed second, and Australian Peter Dinsdale, also of Wayne State, was third.

Williams also put in a strong performance at the championships, finishing ninth among 30 in the 'ep'ee with a 10-6 record.

Wayne State again took the top spot, as Italian Ettore Bianchi won with a 17-2 record. Columbia's Steve Trevor was the runner-up, and Andy Quaroni, also from Italy, finished third.

For their performances, Holtz was named a second-team all-American and Williams received all-American honorable mention.

The two MIT fencers finished 13th of 31 as a team -- the second best two-man team finish. California State-Long Beach's two-man squad finished 10th.

Wayne State, which fielded two men in each weapon, walked away with the team honors, followed by the six-man team from Notre Dame. Columbia (5 fencers) was third, followed by Yale (5), the University of Pennsylvania (6), Penn State (5), North Carolina (5), St. John's (3), and NYU (3).