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Jonathan Yergler '13 is the most recent Tiger to win an NCAA individual title, winning the epee crown in 2012.
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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Fencing

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/19/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic events on Aug. 31.


Princeton Men's Fencing: Five Numbers to Know
1925 First year as a varsity sport 14 Ivy League titles 2 NCAA team championships 117 Dual-match wins in seven years under head coach Zoltan Dudas 8 NCAA individual champions

Head Coach

 Zoltan Dudas
Eighth season as head coach in 2013-14
• Led Princeton to the NCAA championship in 2013
• Has led Princeton's men to two Ivy titles in the last four seasons
• Has had 17 men's All-America honrees while at Princeton
• Has had 12 men's first-team All-Ivy League honorees in his tenure
 


Top Returner

Michael Dudey
• Won Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year honors at the 2013 Ivy League Championship
• Is Princeton's highest returning finisher from the 2013 NCAA Championship, where he placed fifth overall
• Earned All-America honors in 2013 with his fifth-place NCAA finish
• Went 20-2 at the Ivy League Championship in 2013, on his way to MOP and ROY honors


Top Senior

Robert Stone
• Earned All-America honors last season, placing seventh in the saber at the NCAA Championship
• Earned second-team All-Ivy League honors in 2012,
• Has finished in the top eight at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regional in each of his three years
• Was one of three Stone siblings  to help Princeton to the NCAA title in 2013, along with rising sophomore Gracie and alumna Eliza '13


Ten Princeton Men's Fencing Facts

• At the helm for seven seasons, Zoltan Dudas is already Princeton's third-winningest coach with 117 dual-match victories.

• When Jonathan Yergler '13 won the NCAA epee title in 2012, he was the eighth Tiger to win an NCAA individual title.

• Princeton's fencing room is named for Stan Sieja, who was Princeton's coach from 1946-82. He is the program's all-time winningest coach with 258 victories.

• Princeton's NCAA team title in 2013 was the program's first NCAA team title of the combined men's/women's era. The Tiger men won their only previous NCAA team title in 1964.

• Princeton's Ivy League title in 2010 was the program's first since 2001. The team followed it up with another Ivy title in 2012, the program's 14th all-time.

• Since 1946, the program has had just three coaches, with Stan Sieja (1946-82), Michel Sebastiani (1983-2006) and Zoltan Dudas (since 2006) serving in that role over the past 67 years.

• The five winningest seasons in program history have all come in the last five years. The Princeton men won a team-record 23 dual matches in 2011-12.

• The Ivy League began naming the Most Outstanding Performer at the Ivy League Championship in 2011. Princeton has won two of the three honors, going to Alexander Mills '12 in 2011 and rising sophomore Michael Dudey, also the first Ivy Rookie of the Year from Princeton, in 2013.

• Princeton has had a first-team All-Ivy League honoree in 55 of the 58 years the Ivy League has named all-league teams.

Soren Thompson '05 is perhaps the most successful international fencer in the modern era among Princetonians. At the 2004 Olympic games, Thompson advanced to the quarterfinals in the men's epee competition.


July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball
Aug. 19 - Men's Fencing

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