CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - The No. 8 Penn men's fencing team downed No. 3 Princeton, 14-13, to close the first day of the Ivy League Round-Robins with a record of 2-1 and leave four teams with a legitimate shot of becoming this year's champion. Action resumes tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. with the Quakers going up against Brown and No. 7 Harvard.
Penn dominated Yale in the opening bout, downing the Bulldogs 21-6. Each weapon group supplied a 7-2 win for the Quakers. Michael Mills, Adam Elkassas and Joseph Isaac each went 3-0 in their respective weapons en route to the victory.
Things became much tougher when Penn encountered the No. 6 Columbia Lions. The normally reliable sabre squad fell by a score of 5-4, and both foil and epee went down by identical 8-1 counts in the 21-6 loss. Mills was the only Quaker to record more than one win in the bout.
The best was yet to come for Penn however, as an 8-1 edge in sabre spurred the win over Princeton. Mills and Steven Yang each were 3-0 against the Tigers. Foil was also a big key in the victory, notching four critical points. Down 5-1 after six rounds, the trio of Leland Bernstein, Elkassas and Jason Chang scored three straight to close the gap. That left just two points left for epee to get. Wins from Clifford Fishler and Ayyub Ibrahim proved to be the difference for the Quakers.
Mills (7-2) and Prochniak (6-3) are both among the top four fencers in sabre after one day of action. Elkassas leads the foil team at 5-4, while Ibrahim paces the epee team at 4-4.
Standings After Day One