POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The men's fencing team got its season off to just the start they wanted, easily nabbing four wins at the Vassar Invitational on Saturday. Penn was rarely challenged as they posted double-digit victories in all four bouts. Five fencers posted perfect records on the day, each with at least wins.
The morning session began with an impressive 21-6 decision over North Carolina. The Quakers won all three weapon groups, but an 8-1 advantage in foil was the big difference. Adam Elkassas and Ira Schlosberg each went 3-0 to lead the charge for the Red and Blue. Foil continued its domination in the next matchup, against the host Vassar Brewers. Leland Bernstein and Denes Marton went 3-0 this time for foil, helping Penn to 2-0 on the day with a 22-5 victory.
The big test of the day came at the start of the afternoon session, a rematch with Sacred Heart following last season's 14-13 Penn win. This time around, there would be no need for the dramatics that occurred a year ago. Though the Pioneers would win 5-4 in epee - the only loss across the board for the Quakers on the day - 8-1 and 7-2 wins for foil and sabre, respectively, would erase that slight SHU lead and deliver a 19-8 win to Penn.
The Red and Blue would close out with its biggest win of the day, 23-4 over NYU. The Violets battled hard in foil, scoring all four points in that weapon, but both epee and sabre posted perfect 9-0 wins.
Elkassas led Penn on the day with nine bout victories in foil, while Schlosberg (7-0 in foil), Michael Mills (7-0 in sabre), Sean Turner (7-0 in sabre), Bernstein (4-0 in foil) and Steven Jow (3-0 in epee) will take perfect marks into next month's Penn State Invitational. The Quakers will travel to State College on Jan. 12 to meet up with some of the nation's best teams in an all-day event.