STATE COLLEGE, PA. - Another week, another clutch victory for the #7 Penn men's fencing team. After taking the final point for a 14-13 win over Sacred Heart at last week's Philadelphia Invitational, the Quakers repeated the feat on Saturday to score a 14-13 win over the #1 Penn State Nittany Lions, just the second time in 17 years that the Red and Blue have taken home a win over their in-state rivals.
The day began with a 23-4 win over Drew. Five fencers across all three weapons went a perfect 3-0 against the Rangers.
Next up was the much-anticipated clash with Penn State. Despite sporting a winning record in only one of the three weapons, a 6-3 win in epee keyed by a 3-0 mark from Joseph Isaac, the teams entered the final point knotted at 13-13. Things couldn't have worked out much better for Penn, as All-American Evan Prochniak faced PSU freshman Sean Moran to decide the match. With a 5-2 win, Prochniak delivered Penn its biggest win in recent memory and all but ensured a significant jump in the next national poll.
Of course, the day wasn't yet half over. Fortunately, the Quakers maintained their focus and backed up the win over Penn State with a pair of victories over Duke and North Carolina to cement their national status. Clifford Fishler went 3-0 against both the Blue Devils and Tar Heels as Penn won the bouts, 17-10 and 16-11, respectively.
Facing Haverford for a second straight week, the Quakers put a bow on their day with a 22-5 win over the Fords, identical to their score from the Philadelphia Invitational.
Now at 11-0 on the season, Penn returns to action next weekend at the Eric Sollee Invitational. Other programs competing include Brandeis, Haverford, Hunter, Johns Hopkins and NYU.