PHILADELPHIA – A day after going undefeated (4-0) at the Temple Invite, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team rattled off five more triumphs on Sunday at the Philadelphia Invitational. The third-ranked Quakers completed a perfect 9-0 weekend on the strips, and end the regular season with a record of 28-2.
Unlike yesterday’s flurry of close matches, Penn handled business quite definitively on Sunday. The Quakers tallied victories over Johns Hopkins (21-6), No. 9 Duke (18-9), NJIT (20-7), North Carolina (17-10), and Sacred Heart (23-4).
The foil squad (32-13) conquered the day, registering wins against all comers. Freshman Aaron Ahn served as the star, going a perfect 9-0. Classmate Raymond Chen was also strong at 9-3 overall, while sophomore John Vaiani won five-of-six bouts. Senior Adam Elkassas capped off the day with a 3-0 performance against Sacred Heart.
Not to be out-done, however, were both the saber (34-11) and epee (31-14) groups. Saber was dominant in wins over Johns Hopkins and the Pioneers, registering a pair of 9-0 efforts. Raphael Van Hoffelen was stellar, picking up 12 wins, compared to just a single defeat. Freshman Julian Merchant continued his strong first season, producing an 11-4 record. Captain Shaul Gordon was his usual stout self, registering a mark of 7-2.
As has been the case all season long, Zsombor Garzo paved the way on epee. The sophomore recorded 11 more wins on Sunday to up his total to 63 (team high) for the season. Justin Yoo (10-2) and Jake Raynis (5-1) supplemented the squad, while senior R.J. Shipp added seven wins of his own.
The Quakers will be back in action next Sunday, traveling to Princeton, N.J for the United States Collegiate Squad Championships.