Fencing Celebrates its Season at 2008 Banquet

2008 Banquet Photos

PHILADELPHIA – On Sunday afternoon, the Penn fencing teams gathered to celebrate the 2007-08 season and look forward to the 08-09 season as well as honor the newest inductees into the Penn Fencing Hall of Fame. Throughout the course of the day, the team voted on its 2007-08 awards as well as captains for the upcoming season.

The team award winners for the women’s team were:

Award for Excellence: Illana Sinkin – Foil

Most Improved Fencer Award: Jenna Stahl – Epee

The men’s team awards were presented as follows:

Award for Excellence: Ron Berkowsky – Foil

Most Improved Fencer: Dan Shiff – Foil

Additional voting was done to select the captains of each team for the upcoming 2008-09 campaign. Ben Wieder was selected as captain of the men’s team and Ilana Sinkin was re-elected captain of the women’s team.

In addition to the celebration of the 2007-08 team, the Penn fencing community honored the three newest members of the Penn Fencing Hall of Fame.

The 1969 NCAA Men’s Championship Team was inducted as a group. Dennis K. Law, M.D., Norman Braslow, M.D. and James W. Wetzler, PhD were the second group to win a national title at Penn.

Braslow was twice named first-team All-Ivy and was the NCAA Champion in sabre in 1969, earning All-America status in the process.

Wetzler was also named first-team All-Ivy two times. In the 1969 season, he won the national title in epee to gain All-America honors.

Law was the foil fencer on the 1969 championship squad and also earned All-America distinction for his accomplishments on the strip. He was twice a recipient of first-team All-Ivy honors.

All three men spoke about their experiences fencing for Penn and the late Maestro Lajos Csiszar. They each made mention of how the program has changed over the course of the years and proud they are to be a part of the legacy that is Penn fencing.

At the conclusion of the banquet, head coach Dave Micahnik made a special presentation to Robert Wolfson, W’78, the chairman of the Gladius Board – the alumni group that supports Penn fencing. In recognition of all that Robert has done to lead, support and expand the outreach of Penn fencing, coach Micahnik presented him with a replica of the original Roman Gladius – the sword used by a Roman solider in Classical times.

A photo gallery of the banquet will be available online shortly.