Ivy League Round-Robins Championship Central
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's fencing team, 19-1 on the season and winners of 13 straight bouts including a win over No. 1 Penn State last weekend, will battle five Ivy League squads this weekend at Harvard's Albert H. Gordon Track as the teams compete at the rescheduled Ivy League Round-Robins. The No. 8 Quakers will go up against three other ranked teams at the event.
A year ago, the Quakers ended this event with a 2-3 record that put them in a tie for third place. Though Penn knocked off Columbia and Yale, two of the losses - to Brown and to Harvard - were by one point and could have raised the team's place in the standings considerably. Evan Prochniak was the only member of the team to earn first-team All-Ivy honors, while Sean Turner was a second-team All-Ivy finisher.
Penn will have three bouts on Saturday and then finish off the competition with two more on Sunday. Events will get underway at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the Quakers taking on Yale. The Bulldogs finished in a last-place tie a season ago and carry a 10-5 record this season into the weekend.
Bouts against No. 6 Columbia (1:15 p.m.) and No. 3 Princeton (2:45 p.m.) wrap up the first day. The Lions are 11-5 on the year, but have lost all five bouts to teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation. In addition, Columbia roared back in January with wins over No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 St. John's. Princeton brings a record of 16-3 into the weekend, with losses coming to No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Penn State. At the Temple Invitational this past weekend, the Tigers defeated a pair of ranked opponents in No. 10 Duke and No. 5 St. John's.
By comparison, things get easier on Sunday, though not by much. Brown is right on the precipice of the Top 10, coming in first in the national receiving votes column. The Quakers and Bears will match up beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Round-Robins finish for Penn at 1:45 p.m. against the hosts, Harvard. Ranked No. 7 in the country, the Crimson stand at just 8-5 at the moment, but have suffered all five losses against team ranked fifth or higher in the nation.
Full recaps of action from both days will be available on Saturday and Sunday evening at PennAthletics.com.