PHILADELPHIA – Champs again! For the second-consecutive season, the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s fencing team captured a share of the Ivy League Championship. The Quakers used a 4-1 record over the two-day event to grab a piece of the title on Sunday inside the Dave Micahnik Fencing Center.
In exact fashion
to last season, Penn, Princeton and Columbia all ended up with identical
records over the round robins. After going 3-0 on Saturday, the Quakers split
their matchups on Sunday. The Red and Blue opened the day with a win over Yale
(18-9) before falling to Princeton (18-9).
It was six All-Ivy
selections that fueled the Quakers in their title run. Justin Yoo (epee) and John Vaiani (foil) led the way with first-team nods, while Zsombor Garzo (epee), Connor Mills (saber), Willie Upbin (foil), and Isaac Buchwald (saber) each
earned second-team accolades. Yoo and Vaiani combined to go 20-7 over the two
days, each earning first-team honors for the second straight year.
Julian Merchant also put together a strong weekend, tallying an 8-3 record, including a 2-1 effort against Princeton.
It is the Quakers' 17th Ivy League Championship in school history which is tied for second all-time.
Van Hoffelen: 3-2
The Ivy champs will have a weekend off before competing in the Temple Invitational on Sunday, February 26.