by Paolo Perez
John Carlo Turano and Juan Paolo Ferrer clawed their way to the final rounds of men’s foil and sabre to pace the University of the Philippines with back-to-back silver medals in the individual events of the UAAP Fencing Tournament.
Turano delivered a 15-9 upset of national team stand-out and foil gold medalist Nathaniel Perez of the University of the Easit in the semi-finals Friday at the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagle Gym. He later fell 9-4 to Warrior Michael Nicanor in the championship round.
“Gulat na gulat ako,” Turano said about his performance in the tournament. “Siyempre, ‘yung nakalaban ko kanina (Perez) sa semi-finals, Siya talaga ‘yung number one eh. ‘Di ko talaga in-expect kaya tuwang-tuwa talaga ako noong nakapasok ako sa finals.”
Meanwhile, Ferrer bagged the silver in men’s sabre Thursday after a close 15-13 loss against UE’s Bruce Ng.
Ferrer reached the finals after beating University of Santo Tomas’ Bonn Pascual, 15-12, and Ateneo de Manila University’s John Hao, 15-6, in the elimination rounds.
The Maroons currently rank second in the medal tally, behind defending champion UE with three golds. The team events will be held on Saturday and Sunday.