SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The third-ranked University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team put together a perfect 5-0 record at the Northwestern Duals on Saturday. Most notably, the Quakers defeated No. 2 Notre Dame (14-13) and No. 7 Ohio State (16-11), each for the second time this season.
Penn also picked up triumphs over Stanford (15-12), Air Force (18-9) and UC-San Diego (21-6).
It was the sabre and epee squads that led the way for the Red and Blue, combining to go 10-0. Justin Yoo paved the way on epee, piling up a team-high 12 wins, to go along with just three losses. Zsombor Garzo, the reigning National Fencer of the Week, was also strong – tallying an 11-3 mark. Garzo was 5-1 in the Quakers’ wins over OSU and Notre Dame. Also on epee, Jake Raynis chipped in eight victories (8-4).
Shaul Gordon paced the saber squad, accumulating an 11-3 record -- including a 4-2 clip in bouts against ranked opponents. Isaac Buchwald followed with a 10-3 mark, while Julian Merchant went 7-6.
John Vaiani was the bright spot for the foil squad, which went 2-3 (wins over UC-San Diego, Air Force) on the day. Vaiani recorded a mark 0f 9-3, while Aaron Ahn and Ira Schlosberg each added six triumphs of their own.
Up next for the Quakers will be the Ivy League Championships next weekend at Cornell. Penn went 3-2 at last year’s round robins.