Men's Fencing Fares Well at Penn State Open

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team was represented by a total of 13 fencers on Sunday at the Garret Penn State Open. In a series of three rounds in each weapon, seven of the men scored high enough to advance to the final round and fence in a Table of 16.

During epee round three, junior R.J. Shipp and freshman Zsombor Garzo were forced to fence each other in the first bout. Shipp came out on top, 5-1, and ended up being the only Quaker to advance to the Table of 16. He was seeded as No. 1 but fell to OSU’s Julian Raul (16), 15-13. Shipp finished ninth.

At the end of the first round of foil, three Quakers were seeded in the top four: freshman John Vaiani (1), senior captain Jason Chang (2), and junior Ira Schlosberg (4). By the time the Table of 16 seeding came out, the three were spread out through the top 11: Vaiani (1), Chang (6), and Schlosberg (11). While Vaiani fenced Julien Baneux (16) from OSU, Schlosberg and Chang were paired up to take the strip. It came down to the very end, as Chang won, 15-14. Chang tacked on another win over PSU’s Noguo Bravo (3), 15-13, but fell to Virgile Collineau (2) of Notre Dame 15-6. Elsewhere, Vaiani defeated Baneux, 15-4, but fell to Notre Dame’s Ariel DeSmet (9), 15-3

Three fencers made it into the top 16 in sabre, seeded as No. 3, No. 7, and No. 14. Sophomore Isaac Buchwald (7) fenced the 2014 NCAA sabre individual champion Kaito Streets (10) from PSU and fell, 15-12. Seniors Steven Yang (3) and Sean Turner (14) were paired up with Yang taking the win, 15-12. He would fall in his next bout to Evan Philpot (6) of North Carolina, 15-12. Yang finished sixth, Buchwald 11, and Turner 14.

Penn will return to competition in the New Year when the Quakers return to State College for the Penn State Invitational on January 17.

Download: Garrett '14 - Men's Foil complete results.pdf