Berkowsky Earns Silver Medal at NCAAs

PHILADELPHIA - After two days of fencing at the NCAA Championships in Madison, N.J., one Penn fencer stood head and shoulders above his teammates, as they finished among the top 20 fencers in the nation. In fencing action today, junior Ron Berkowsky fenced in the gold medal match in foil, and lost by only one point, good for the silver medal.

In his semifinal match, Berkowsky took on Scott Sugimoto from Columbia, who he has also fenced against in the first round. The first time the two saw each other, Sugimoto was the victor, with a 5-3 win. But the second time around, Berkowksy wanted a different result, and won a close bout, 15-14. He advanced to the finals, where he faced off against Andras Horanyi from Ohio State, another familiar face. In action on the first day, Berkowsky had fallen to Horanyi, 5-2. This time the results didn’t fall in his favor, and he lost by just one touch, 13-12, giving Horanyi the gold medal and Berkowsky silver. Berkowsky finished the weekend with 21 victories overall.

In sabre, freshman Andrew Bielen maintained his spot in the top ten, as he finished the weekend with 14 wins, good for tenth overall. Sophomore Matthew Kolasa improved from his finish in 16th yesterday, to end at 13th overall, with 11 wins. Senior Michael Galligan also improved after day one, as he moved up in the standings from 22nd to 17th overall. He finished the weekend with nine victories. Sophomore Ben Wieder slipped slightly in the standings. After yesterday’s matches, he was in ninth place with eight overall wins. He could only add one to his total today, for nine total wins, and a finish of 17th overall.

As a team, Penn sits in sixth place overall, with 64 wins. Columbia leads the pack with 93 total wins so far. The women’s team begins first round action tomorrow morning, with the team results being completely calculated and finalized on Sunday afternoon.

Full Men’s Results