PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers began their campaign to repeat as Ivy League Champions in impressive fashion, taking down all five of their opponents on Sunday in the Philadelphia Invitational at Hutchinson Gym.
In Penn's opening match it beat Drew 21-6. Sabre went 9-0 as the threesome of Jonathan Berkowsky, Andrew Bielen and Benjamin Bell were all a perfect 3-0. Foil won 8-1 with five different fencers picking up victories; however, the Quakers dropped epee 5-4.
Against Sacred Heart, foil once again dominated, winning 8-1 as Zane Grodman went 3-0 and Sinatrio Raharjo won twice without a loss. Both sabre and epee won by scores of 5-4, and Bielen once again went 3-0 as Penn took it 18-9.
The Quakers third match of the afternoon saw Penn win sabre 5-4 against Duke, and once again dominate foil, 7-2. The Blue Devils came back to take epee 5-4, however, the Red and Blue still came away victorious 16-11.
Penn's closest match of the afternoon came against North Carolina, as the Tar Heels opened play by winning epee 7-2. Sabre and foil fenced simultaneously and the Red and Blue made its way back. After dropping sabre 5-4, the Quakers tied up the match by taking seven of the first eight foil bouts. Sophomore Alex Simmons won the final bout to clinch the 14-13 victory.
The Red and Blue closed out the day with a 20-7 win over NJIT, as they won 7-2 (sabre), 8-1 (foil) and 5-4 (epee).
Four fencers recorded double digit win totals, as Bielen had a team high 13 wins in sabre, while Bell went 10-5. In foil, Simmons and Grodman went 12-1 and 10-1 respectively. Foil as a group won four times by an 8-1 margin and every fencer finished with a winning record. The Quakers were the only team to go undefeated, as both Duke and North Carolina went 3-1, with their sole loss coming coming to the Red and Blue.
Penn returns to action on Saturday, January 23, when the team travels to the Penn State Invitational.