PRINCETON – Penn’s men’s fencing team headed to Princeton on Sunday for a series of dual meets against some of the top competition in the country.
The Quakers opened the day with a 19-8 defeat of Duke. The Red and Blue swept all nine sabre bouts. Jonathan Berkowsk, Andrew Bielen and Anders Eiremo each went 3-0 against the Blue Devils. Foil and epee were closer weapons, with Penn winning both by matching 5-4 scores. The Quakers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with wins from Alex Simmons, Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapur – all freshmen. Simmons and Kapur came through with wins in the second round, securing the win at foil for Penn. In epee, Penn again took an early 3-0 lead. Ben Wieder, Jacob Wischnia and Sam Monk each won their first bouts. Sam Monk’s win in the second spot of round three clinced the win for Penn.
In their second dual, Penn met up with Penn State. The Quakers defeated the Nittany Lions, 17-10. After two rounds in sabre, the teams were tied, 3-3. Bielen and Berkowsky won their third round matches for the overall weapon win. Berkowsky won in the final bout, 5-2 to clinch things for Penn. In foil, Penn won a series of close bouts for an 8-1 win. Simmons and Kapur each won all three of their bouts against the Lions. In epee, Penn State took an early 3-0 lead and held off a Quaker rally for a 5-4 win. Penn won all three bouts in the final round, but the comeback was not to be.
The final dual of the day for Penn was against Drew University. The Quakers emerged with an 18-9 victory. In sabre, Penn won 8-1. Berkowsky and Bielen were 3-0 in the dual and George Igoe finished 2-1. Foil saw Penn emerge with a 5-4 victory, securing the win with Grodman’s 5-4 win in the final bout. Epee ended with Penn in front, 6-3. The Red and Blue went 2-1 in all three rounds for the win.