UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Taking on Columbia for the first time this season in a dual, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team came away as the victors at the Penn State Invitational on Saturday in the White Building. After the win over last year's Ivy Champions, the Quakers fell in a tough dual to host Penn State, last year’s National Champions. The Red and Blue also matched up with Haverford and North Carolina, winning both to end the day with a 3-1 record.
Round 1: Haverford, W 26-1
Round 2: Columbia, W 18-9
Round 4: PSU, L 10-17
Round 5: UNC, W 18-9
The foil squad went 2-2 on the day, winning 22 bouts. Freshman John Vaiani recorded the most wins for the group, going 8-3 including a 3-0 mark against UNC, 2-0 score against Haverford, and 2-1 result against Columbia. Fellow freshman Harry McGuire added five wins of his own, including a 3-0 mark against Haverford. Both senior Jason Chang and junior Denes Marton contributed four wins each. Chang, 4-4, went 1-0 against both Haverford and UNC, while Marton, 4-1, went 2-0 against Haverford and 2-1 against UNC. Freshman Pierre Aymerich also competed, recording a 1-2 overall record.
A total of 22 bouts were won by the epee squad, which went 2-2. Like the women, the men’s team consisted of the same three fencers against each school: freshman Jake Raynis, junior R.J. Shipp, and senior Rene Gannon-O’Gara. Both Ryanis and Gannon-O’Gara went 6-6 on the day, while Shipp finished with a 10-2 overall record including a 3-0 mark against PSU. Each of the three fencers went 3-0 against Haverford for a perfect 9-0 mark and each went 2-1 against Columbia for a 6-3 victory.
Going 3-1 on the day, the sabre squad totaled 28 bout wins. Junior Shaul Gordon and senior Steven Yang both went 2-0 against Haverford, 3-0 against Columbia, and 3-0 against UNC, which helped them finish the day with respective records of 9-2 and 8-2. Senior Sean Turner and sophomore Isaac Buchwald also finished the day with an identical record of 5-1. Turner compiled a 3-0 mark against Haverford and a 2-0 score against UNC with a loss against Columbia, while Buchwald went 1-0 against Haverford, 2-0 against Columbia, and 2-1 against PSU. Senior Michael Zhuang rounds out the group with a 1-2 record.
Penn returns to action next weekend when the Quakers host the Philadelphia Invitational -- their only home event of the season. The women will fence on Saturday Jan. 24 and the men will fence on Sunday Jan. 25.
Download: ROUND 5 Penn Results.pdf