CLEVELAND - First-year Nolen Scruggs continued to impress for the Lions this weekend as he was crowned the Junior Olympic Champion in men's foil while sophomore Porter Hesslegrave took home the silver in men's epee to give Columbia a pair of medals in the highly competitive event.
Scruggs took home the gold in junior men's foil after a dominating 15-2 performance over William Upbin in the championship bout while posting a touch differential of +28 over his final three bouts.
Hesslegrave also found himself atop the podium, earning the silver medal in junior men's epee after falling to the eventual champion, Jack Bradford, in a tough 15-12 championship-bout decision.
In junior men's sabre, rookie Calvin Liang earned a spot among the top eight, securing a seventh-place finish after a 15-11 victory over Mikolaj Bak in the round of 16.
On the women's side, it was first-year Quinn Crum landing a spot in the top-20, finishing in 17th in the field of 199 in women's foil.
With four top-32 finishers and a pair of medalists, this weekend marked the best performance by a group of Columbia fencers since head coach Michael Aufrichtig took over the program in 2011.