Waltham, Mass. - The beat goes on for the Penn men's fencing team, who recorded five double-digit victories on Saturday at the Eric Sollee Invitational to stand at a perfect 16-0 entering next weekend's Ivy Championships. Despite some close calls, the Red and Blue didn't drop a single weapon in any of their bouts.
There was little left to chance throughout the day for the Quakers, who established themselves early with a 21-6 win over Brandeis. Reigning National Fencer of the Week Evan Prochniak, Steven Yang and Zane Grodman all went 3-0 to open.
A match-up with MIT was a chance for head coach Andy Ma to test out some newer faces. Two freshmen and a sophomore made up the sabre team, yet Sean Turner, Elliot Tusk and Michael Zhuang had little trouble, racking up a 7-2 advantage over the Engineers. Foil found itself deadlocked at 4-4 until Vidur Kapur captured a 5-0 victory to eke out a 5-4 win. In epee, Joseph Isaac's perfect record led to an 8-1 romp as Penn rolled by a count of 20-7.
Against an NYU team receiving votes in the CF360 poll, the Quakers reinserted their usual line-up and were rewarded with a 20-7 victory over the Violets. The sabre trio of Prochniak, Yang and Michael Mills went 9-0, and Kapur again saved foil from a defeat with another 5-0 win in the finale.
In what turned out to be their closest bout of the day, the Red and Blue still ran away from Boston College, winning 19-8. Sabre and foil each turned in 7-2 advantages, while it was epee that this time squeaked past with a 5-4 win.
Facing Johns Hopkins in the afternoon's closer, Penn quickly cast aside any thoughts of an upset as sabre and foil combined for 15 points and the assured victory. Jason Chang, Grodman and Tusk were a perfect 3-0on the wayto the win over the Blue Jays.
A hefty challenge awaits the Quakers at next week's Ivy Championships, where #2 Princeton and #3 Harvard will be among the teams looking to knock Penn from its perch. Hosted by Yale, the two-day event begins Saturday morning, February 11, and concludes on February 12.
Download: Men's Fencing Results.pdf