Men’s Fencing Announces Class of 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart Men's Fencing Head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel announces six fencers who will be joining the Pioneers for the 2013-2014 season.  Cody Richard, Schuyler Milone, James Turner IV, Adyel Duran, Joseph Aiuto and Steven Frappier compose the men's fencing class of 2017. 

"I am very excited about the potential that these fencers have to be impact players on our team this season", said Vrabel.  "This group brings us some needed talent in sabre and quality talent in epee that could be critical to our success this year.  There is no question that athletes of the caliber of Stuart Holmes and Jeremiah German will be hard to replace.  The talent from these new additions, coupled with the move of Jonathan Jacovino to epee, return of Sean Vilar back to the sabre squad and the development of Joseph Faicco and Alexander Harwood in foil will give us a very strong team this season".

Cody Richard - Suffield, Conn./Suffield - Epee

Cody Richard is a 6'5" B-rated epeeist from Suffield, Conn. and Suffield High School.  He was the 2012 Connecticut High School Epee champion and was a First Team All-State selection during his senior year. Richard is a member of the Farmington Valley Fencing Academy where he is coached by Mal-Sun Marletto.  

Vrabel on Richard: "Cody is a versatile athlete who has excellent balance and quickness for his height. He has a strong competitive drive and looks to dominate on the fencing strip.  I see Cody assuming that spot in our lineup of the tall epeeist that has been so well handled by Justin Dion and Jeremiah German over the past several years."

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Steven Frappier - Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross - Epee

Frappier is an epee fencer from Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn.  He has been fencing for six years and he is a member of the Prospect Fencing Club where he is coached by Sandra Marchant.  

Joseph Aiuto - Coram, N.Y./Newfield - Epee

Joseph Aiuto is the third epee fencer who will join the Pioneers this fall.  He is from Coram, N.Y. and he fenced for four seasons on the Newfield High School fencing team.  As a senior, Aiuto was an Honorable Mention All-County selection.  He is a member of the Mission Fencing Center. 

"This trio of epeeists further strengthens a weapon that should be our strongest this year," commented Vrabel.  "The move of Jonathan Jacovino to epee full time significantly boosts our talent level.  We have six epeeists returning that made significant contributions last season, including Kevin Almerini who was First-Team All-NFC.  With up to 11 fencers on the squad I know that the competition will be intense for travel team and starting slots."

Schuyler Milone - Danbury, Conn. - Saber

Schuyler Milone is a C-rated sabre fencer from Danbury, Conn.  He was the silver medalist at the Connecticut high school sabre championship in 2013.  Sky has been fencing for ten years and he represents the Candlewood Fencing Center where he is coached by Jeremy Goun. 

Adyel Duran - West Nyack, N.Y./Clarkstown South - Saber

Adyel Duran is a D-rated sabreist from West Nyack, N.Y. and Clarkstown South High School, where he fenced on the varsity for all four years.  In 2011 he was MVP of his high school team.  Adyel is a member of the Nyack Fencing Academy where he is coached by Dennis Kolakowski.

"With the addition of Sky and Adyel and the return to the squad of Pioneer senior Sean Vilar we will have a nice infusion of talent into sabre this season,"said Coach Vrabel. "Sky is a superb technician and Adyel is very fast.  I expect Sean Vilar to return to his level of performance which made him a starter as a sophomore.  Last season Tommy Gerrity was our leader and won many key bouts for us and Chris DiPietro also came up big in several matches.  When you add in the rapidly improving Kevin Stimmel, Chris Minardi, and George Dzialo, and the move of Dyllon Frantin to saber full time we will have a very deep saber squad.  Just like in epee I look to see some very heated competition for the starting lineup and travel squad. "

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James Turner IV - New York, N.Y./Xavier - Foil

James Turner IV will be a key addition to the foil squad this fall.  Turner is a C-rated foilist from New York City and Xavier High School.  He is a member of the Fencer's Club where he is coached by Michael Petin.  

"I see James having an impact in foil this year similar what happened with Joe Faicco and Alex Harwood last year," said Coach Vrabel.  "Both Alex and Joe made smooth transitions to college fencing and their games jumped up accordingly.  Their rapid development has allowed us to move both of them in to the starting lineup full time to take over for the graduated Stuart Holmes and for Jon Jacovino who will be in epee.  I see James the running with juniors Eric VonFischer and Cooper Johnson filling a similar role this season."

 

"While it appears that we will have at most one senior starter this year, we still have six all NFC selections on the roster and eleven fencers that have been successful starters  for us," said Coach Vrabel.  "This is probably the most even distribution of high quality talent that we have had on the team.  Last year foil and epee were expected to shoulder the majority of the load.  Epee should be our strongest weapon but foil and sabre will be right there as well.  I look forward to having this core group being very successful for us for the next two seasons."