Berkowsky Finishes Sixth in Sabre, Penn in Fifth

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Junior Jon Berkowsky finished sixth in the sabre at the NCAA Men's Fencing Championship. After the completion of the men's competition Penn is in fifth place in the team standings.

"I think this men's field was stronger than last year, but our guys did better, so that is positive," said Head Coach Dave Micahnik. "You always want more, but I am happy with how we did."

Berkowsky's finish earned him second-team All-America honors. The Quakers earned another All-American with anhonorable mention selection for Ben Wieder's 12th place finish in the epee.

Berkowsky finished with 17 victories while fellow sabre competitor Andrew Bielen won nine bouts and finished 14th overall.

Penn's twofoilists, Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapurboth finished with nine victories.With a seven-touch lead, Kapur finished in 15th place and Grodman in 17th.

Wieder claimed 13 victories and nearly stole one from the eventual champion, Slava Zingerman taking him to the last touch.

"Now that the men have wrapped up, we are in good position to finish in the top 10," said Micahnik. "We'll hand off to the women tomorrow and see where we go."

Saturday starts the women's portion of the competition. Penn will enter two in sabre--Danielle Kamis and Dominika Franciskowicz. In foil, freshman Laura Paragano will compete while classmate Stephanie Wheeler will compete in epee.

Competition starts tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.