PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's fencing team recorded top-three finishes in each weapon, including a victory in sabre to tie for the team title at the inaugural U.S. Weapon Squad Championships on Sunday on the campus of NYU.
The Quakers won the sabre title and finished tied with Yale for the team title by scoring the most points, combining the results from each weapon. Sabre won their title by going 3-0 against host NYU, Yale and North Carolina. In the opening round, the Red and Blue earned 45-15 victory, led by sophomore Evan Prochniak, who had 15 touches in three rounds of fencing and was only hit once. Freshmen Michael Mills, Josh Hammond and Elliot Tusk also fenced in that round.
In the next round Penn dispatched of Yale, 45-25, getting wins from Prochniak, Mills and Hammond. In the finals, the Red and Blue took down North Carolina by a 45-36 margin, despite trailing 10-8 after the first two rounds.
In epee, the Quakers tied for third overall, going 1-1 overall with the foursome of freshman Clifford Fishler, Joe Isaac, Seaver Wang and senior Jake Wischnia. Penn opened with a tight 35-34 victory over NYU. In the second round the Red and Blue came up against Ohio State, falling to the Buckeyes 45-41.
Foil also finished in a tie for third, reaching the semifinals. The foursome of juniors Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapur, and freshmen R.J. Shipp and William Zhang won their first match, 44-41 against North Carolina, but couldn't take down Yale to reach the finals, losing 45-36.
Penn returns to the strips in two weeks to fence in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, held at Drew University.