Penn-Sacred Heart Results (w/Round One)
Penn-North Carolina Results (w/Round Two)
Penn-NJIT Results (w/Round Three)
Penn-Haverford Results (w/Round Four)
Penn-Duke Results (w/Round Five)
Penn-Johns Hopkins Results (w/Round Six)
PHILADELPHIA - Spurred on by a dramatic win in the opening bout with #9 Sacred Heart, the Penn men's fencing team went 6-0 on Sunday while hosting the Philadelphia Invitational, extending the Quakers' winning streak at the event to 24 straight matches dating back to Jan. 20, 2007.
With the fate of the day's opening match hanging on the final point, Clifford Fishler scored a hotly-debated point in epee to give Penn the 14-13 victory. A testament to how close the match was, not a single Quaker who took to the strips was able to escape Sacred Heart unscathed, but a 6-3 edge in sabre provided the lift needed to get past the Pioneers.
Things took a dramatic turn for the easy in Penn's second bout, a 26-1 win against a North Carolina squad that had many members fencing at NYU on Sunday. Both sabre and epee went 9-0 versus the Tar Heels, with 11 different members of the Red and Blue seeing action in those two weapons alone.
Epee continued to dominate against NJIT, a 19-8 win that could have gone the other way if not for another 9-0 performance.
Facing Haverford, a perfect record from epee wasn't necessary. Sabre emerged with a 9-0 mark against the Fords, with Evan Prochniak leading a trio with 2-0 marks, while freshman Sean Turner won his sixth straight match to begin his collegiate career.
Things tightened up once again against #8 Duke, but the Red and Blue survived as Prochniak and Jason Chang submitted 3-0 records in sabre and foil, respectively, to propel Penn past the Blue Devils, 14-13.
Chang again went a team-best 3-0 to help the Red and Blue past Johns Hopkins in Sunday's finale, 18-9.
Penn returns to action on Saturday at the Penn State Invitational. The Nittany Lions are ranked #1 in the USFCA poll.