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Benjamin Hadler (back row, far right) with his Junior Olympics silver medal.

Benjamin Hadler Wins Silver Medal at Junior Olympics

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DENVER - University of California San Diego fencer Benjamin Hadler collected a coveted silver medal at the Junior Olympics, which took place February 15-18 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Hadler, a freshman Biology major from San Francisco, placed second in a Junior Men's Foil field of 318 competitors. 

Initially seeded 24th, Hadler swept through pool rounds with a perfect 6-0 mark, upping his seeding to a tie for 14th. He recorded an impressive +19 indicator, scoring 30 touches and receiving only 11 against him.

Hadler received a bye into the round of 256 and proceeded to win a total of seven 15-touch, direct-elimination bouts, three of which he won by one touch. He eventually fell to Daniel Zhang of Olympia Fencing Center, 15-11, in the championship bout.

“It’s nice to finally have a spectacular performance after years of just doing decently from time to time,” said Hadler.

Other Tritons that competed at the Junior Olympics included freshman foilist Nathan Jeon, freshman epeeist Brandon Chien, freshman epeeist Ariane Mohabir.

The Junior Olympics, run by USA Fencing, are considered the national championships for fencers under the age of 20.

Complete results can be found here.

UC San Diego hosts the NCAA West Regional on Sunday, March 10, at RIMAC Arena. The event serves as a qualifier for the NCAA Championships. The Tritons will be competing against Air Force, Caltech, Incarnate Word, and Stanford. The first bouts begin at 9 a.m. and admission is free. 

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