PHILADELPHIA – Beginning the season at home for the first since 2006, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team registered a 4-1 record on Saturday at the Elite Invitational inside the Coach Dave Micahnik Center. The Quakers picked up victories over NJIT (14-13), Johns Hopkins (24-3), Notre Dame (15-12) and North Carolina (20-7). Penn’s lone loss came at the hands of Ohio State, 15-12.
It was the sabre squad that led the way for the Quakers, going a perfect 5-0 as a squad. A pair of freshman debuts fueled the team, as Connor Mills (7-6) and Adam Green (6-2) combined for 13 wins. Captain Isaac Buchwald was also stout, recording a mark of 5-1, while Julian Merchant went 7-3. Raphael Van Hoffelen rounded out the squad’s efforts with a 4-4 record.
The epee squad followed with a clip of 4-1 on the day, which included a team-best 9-1 record from Jake Raynis. Zsombor Garzo and Justin Yoo supplemented the squad with eight wins each, combining to go 16-13. Justin Yoo registered a mark of 8-7.
The Quakers will send a handful of fencers to the November North American Cup next weekend in Milwaukee, Wisc.