ITHACA, N.Y. – Highlighted by a win over the top-ranked team in the country, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing squad put itself in contention for an Ivy League title on day one of the conference championships on Saturday.
The Quakers, who are in a four-way tie atop the standings, defeated No. 1 Columbia (16-11) and Brown (19-8) -- before falling to No. 8 Princeton (15-12) in their final match of the day.
The Red and Blue are tied with Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton after each team compiled records of 2-1 on Saturday. Columbia beat Princeton, Princeton beat Penn and Harvard, and Penn beat Columbia.
Senior Shaul Gordon was especially stout for the Quakers, leading all sabres on the day with a record of 8-1. Freshman Julian Merchant also impressed for the sabre squad, recording a record of 5-4. The sabre squad was the only victorious weapon (6-3) for Penn against Princeton.
On foil, it was sophomore John Vaiani and freshman Raymond Chen who paved the way. The duo registered marks of 5-3 and 4-4, respectively.
The Quakers most successful group, however, was the epee team – who recorded an 8-1 win over the top-ranked Lions. Justin Yoo (6-3), Zsombor Garzo (5-3) and Jake Raynis (5-4) all put together solid efforts for the Quakers. Raynis and Yoo both went undefeated in the win over Columbia.
The Quakers will take on Yale (10 a.m.) and Harvard (1:45) on day two of the Ivy League Championships tomorrow.
1. Penn 2-1
1. Harvard 2-1
1. Columbia 2-1
1. Princeton 2-1
5. Yale 1-2
6. Brown 0-3