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PHILADELPHIA - The eighth-ranked Penn men's fencing team knocked off two Top 5 teams at the Temple Invitational on Saturday morning, including a 16-11 win over top-ranked Penn State at McGonigle Hall. In addition to a 15-12 win over No. 5 St. John's, the Quakers have now reeled off 13 consecutive victories.
The day began with a payback victory over the Nittany Lions. After falling, 20-7, to PSU back in January, the Quakers roared back and evened the score thanks to 6-3 wins from both the sabre and epee squads. Clifford Fishler and Rene Gannon-O'Gara each recorded a pair of wins in epee, while Evan Prochniak went undefeated at 3-0 in sabre. With 12 points on the board, foil only needed to produce a pair of points to get the win, a task they did easily after two wins each from Adam Elkassas and Ira Scholosberg.
Penn didn't let its focus slip after pulling off the big win, coming back strong to down the St. John's Red Storm in the second and final bout of the day. Epee again secured six wins, while foil provided a 5-4 victory as well. Ayyub Ibrahim was the unquestioned star for the Quakers, going 3-0 in epee to lead the Red and Blue to the win in that weapon. Elkassas and Jason Chang each had two wins apiece in foil.
Flying high after Saturday, Penn is immediately back in action on Sunday at the U.S. Weapon Squad Championships on Sunday at Ohio State University. The Quakers will begin fencing at 9 a.m. as they seek a third straight title in the event.