PHILADELPHIA – The No. 7 University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team ended the day on a high note, as the Quakers went on the defeat No. 5 Princeton to close out the Temple Invitational on Saturday. The Red and Blue faced No. 2 Penn State and No. 8 St. John’s as well. Penn finished the day 1-2 and now have an overall record of 19-8.
Morning bouts started with a 16-11 loss to Penn State. The last time the Quakers took on the Nittany Lions was in the PSU Invitational, where Penn State defeated the Red and Blue, 23-4. This time around, the Red and Blue defeated PSU in sabre, 5-4, where sophomore Shaul Gordon went 3-0. The Nittany Lions took foil, 7-2, and epee, 5-4.
Round number two saw Penn and St. John’s face off for the first time this season. The Red Storm defeated the Quakers, 15-12. St. John’s took sabre, 5-4, and foil, 6-3, while the Red and Blue took epee, 5-4. Senior captain Clifford Fishler went for a perfect 3-0 against his opponents. Sophomore Ira Schlosberg also went 3-0 against the Red Storm in foil.
Penn didn’t quit, despite the two losses, and came out with a win over Princeton, 15-12, to end the day. The Quakers took victories in foil, 5-4, and in epee, 7-2. Princeton won sabre, 6-3. Fishler once again came out 3-0 in his bouts with the Tigers and was the only one from the Red and Blue to have two perfect duals on the day.
The Quakers will be back in action tomorrow with the women when they host the USCSC in The Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center.
Penn’s top three performers
Sabre: Gordon, 7-2
Foil: Schlosberg, 6-3
Epee: Fishler, 7-2