PHILADELPHIA - The seventh-ranked Penn men's fencing team travels to the Penn State Invitational to battle with a pair of ranked teams on Saturday as they hope to keep their perfect 6-0 record intact.
The Quakers face off against two-time defending national champion Penn State on the day and also battle ninth-ranked Duke, while Drew, North Carolina and Johns Hopkins are also likely competitors.
Last weekend Penn beat Duke, North Carolina and Drew at the Philadelphia Invitational. The Red and Blue's closest match on the day was against the Blue Devils, as the team recorded 5-4 victories in all three weapons to secure the 15-12 victory. The Quakers also beat the Tar Heels 19-8 and Drew, 18-9.
Over the six matches, three different freshmen won 11 bouts. Josh Hammond was a perfect 11-0 on the afternoon in sabre, including a 3-0 win over Drew. In foil, first-year R.J. Shipp finished 11-5 and Clifford Fishler went 11-2 in epee, including 3-0 marks against both Duke and North Carolina.
Sophomore Evan Prochniak and junior Vidur Kapur also fenced well on the day. Prochniak went 9-2 in sabre with a 5-1 mark against Duke and North Carolina while Kapur was 8-2 in foil, going 2-1 against both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.
The Nittany Lions figure to be Penn's toughest competition. Penn State's roster features three fencers who finished in the top three at the 2010 NCAA Championships in their respective weapon. Junior Aleksander Ochocki finished tied for third last year in sabre while in foil, David Willette and Miles Chemley-Watson finished second and third respectively in epee.