Evanston, Ill. – It certainly was an exciting weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s fencing teams at the Northwestern University Duals this weekend, where the squads defeated two top ranked teams each. The Quakers, ranked No. 8 on both the men’s and women’s CollegeFencing360 Coaches Poll, took out Notre Dame’s teams and also defeated No. 7 Northwestern (women) and No. 10 Stanford (men). Penn’s women went 6-1 on the weekend, falling to No. 5 Ohio State (9-18); the men went 5-2, falling to No. 6 Ohio State (12-15) and UC San Diego (13-14).
With the Red and Blue set to fence three top ranked teams each, the men had two back-to-back.
The men started their day with No. 4 Notre Dame, which took Foil (5-4) but fell to the Quakers in the other two weapons. The Red and Blue took Epee, 7-2, and Sabre, 8-1, with the help from epee sophomore R.J. Shipp, sabre sophomore Shaul Gordon, and senior Michael Mills who defeated all three of their Fighting Irish opponents.
Round number two was a matchup with the first team Penn fenced against this season, No. 6 Ohio State. In the first dual, the Buckeyes won 15-12 and once against defeated the Quakers, 15-12.
With a bye in the third round, the Red and Blue took a short break but were back on the strips in no time to take on North Carolina. The last time the Quakers saw the Tarheels was at the PSU Invitational when UNC defeated Penn, 15-12. This time, the Red and Blue were victorious, 20-7.
The Quakers had another bye round before dualing with No. 10 Stanford. As the teams split Epee and Foil, 6-3, the matchup came down to Sabre, which is the men’s strongest weapon. Gordon and junior Steven Yang had perfect 3-0 scores, while Mills an additional perfect score of 2-0 giving the Red and Blue the necessary points to win the dual, 17-10.
Penn’s men ended the first day with a final victory over Wayne State, 20-7.
On the second day, the Red and Blue went 1-1, defeating Detroit-Mercy, 25-2, after 9-0 victories in Foil and Sabre. The Quakers fell in a tightly contested last round to UC San Diego, 14-13, giving them a 5-2 overall record on the weekend.
Next up for the Quakers is Ivy Championships this weekend, which will be hosted by Brown University.