PHILADELPHIA After day one of the NCAA fencing championships in Madison, N.J., the Quakers have three fencers in top ten spots going into today’s semi-final bouts.
In sabre, after four rounds, freshman Andrew Bielen is in tenth place overall, with nine victories under his belt. Sophomore Matthew Kolasa is not far behind, as he sits in 16th, with five wins so far. In epee, sophomore Ben Wieder is in ninth place, with eight wins in the first four rounds. The top finisher for Penn after day one is junior Ron Berkowsky, who is currently in second place in foil, with 12 wins. He is only one win out of first place. Senior Michael Galligan is in 22nd place in the foil competition, with four wins.
As a team, Penn sits in sixth place overall, with 38 wins. Columbia is in first, with 56 wins so far. The men will continue to fence in semi-final bouts today, with the gold medal bouts beginning at 2:30 p.m. The women’s competition begins tomorrow morning.