Men Fall Short in Final Battle for Fencing Crown

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Heading into the second day on top in the standings as the only undefeated team, the University of Pennsylvania No. 7 men’s fencing team fell in two heartbreaking duals to No. 8 Princeton and No. 2 Columbia to end the 2015 Ivy League Fencing Round Robins tied for third with the Tigers and a 3-2 record. Hosted by Columbia in Levien Gymnasium, freshman foilist John Vaiani went 14-1 over the two-day event and earned the title of Men’s Foil Champion. Junior Shaul Gordon finished third overall in men’s sabre with a 12-3 record.

Men Results (3-2)
Brown, W 20-7

No. 5 Harvard, W 18-9
No. 8 Princeton, L 12-15
Yale, W 22-5
No. 2 Columbia, L 11-16

It wouldn’t be the Ivy League Round Robins if there wasn’t drama, and it’s safe to say that there was plenty to go around.

As the Quakers headed into the seventh and final round with the Lions, the title was not only on the line for Penn and Columbia but for Harvard and Princeton as well. Each team was sitting on a 4-1 record and the winner of each dual would be crowned as the co-champion. The excitement and anticipation swelled to its peak as the four teams began bouting for the coveted title.

For the Red and Blue and Lions, it was a neck-and-neck battle and Columbia started with a 6-3 lead. Penn came back and went up 8-7, but the Lions came roaring back and claimed the victory after a win by epee fencer Brian Ro.

Men Final Standings:
4–1 Columbia (lost to Harvard)
4–1 Harvard (lost to Penn)
3–2 Penn (lost to Princeton, Columbia)
3–2 Princeton (lost to Columbia, Harvard)
1–4 Brown
0–5 Yale

Foil (4-1): 32-13
Epee (2-3): 24-21
Sabre (2-3): 27-18

Individual Results
Shaul Gordon: 12-3

Steven Yang: 9-6
Isaac Buchwald: 6-9
John Vaiani: 14-1
Jason Chang: 10-5
Ira Schlosberg: 8-6
Harry McGuire: 0-1
R.J. Shipp: 0-2
Jake Raynis: 8-6
Rene Gannon-O’Gara: 7-7
Zsombor Garzo: 9-6

Download: Round 7 Round Robins.pdf