Fencing Teams go 3-2 at Penn State Invitational

PHILADELPHIA- The Penn men's and women's fencing teams traveled to Penn State together this weekend, to take part in the Penn State invitational. And both Quaker teams came home with the same record: 3-2.

The men had three victories, as they beat UNC, 24-3, Haverford, 18-9 and Duke, 18-9. Their two losses came at the hands of host Penn State, 10-17, and St. John's, 12-15.

Against Duke, freshman Andrew Bielen and sophomore Matthew Kolasa both went 3-0 in sabre, helping the team get a 6-3 win in that weapon. In foil, junior Ron Berkowsky also went 3-0, as his last match determined who won the weapon. Going into his match against Duke’s Ben Herdrick, foil was tied at 4-4. Berkowsky pulled through with a 5-3 win, to give Penn the 5-4 victory in foil. The Quakers had several undefeated performances against UNC, as Kolasa, Bielen, Berkowsky, senior Michael Galligan, junior Corey Purcell, sophomore Ben Wieder and sophomore Samuel Monk all went 3-0 against the Tar Heels. Freshman Christian Pearson went 1-0 in epee to help contribute to the win.

For the women, the wins also came over UNC, Haverford and Duke. The Quakers beat UNC 17-10, Haverford 27-0 and Duke, 18-9. And their losses were also the similar to the men's, as the women fell to St. John's, 10-17, and Penn State, 6-21. Several members of the women’s team had good showings in State College, Pa. Against Haverford, all three weapons won, 9-0, giving Penn a 27-0 win. When the women faced off against duke, senior Katelyn Sherry, freshman Alexis Baran, senior Eve Overton and sophomore Abby Emerson all went 3-0 in their weapons. Emerson also went 3-0 in foil against UNC, to help her team to a 17-10 win.

Up next, both teams will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to take part in the MIT Multi Meet.