NEW YORK, N.Y. – Penn upped its men’s fencing record to 15-0 this season with a 3-0 mark at the first Ivy League Round Robin on Sunday in the Big Apple at Columbia University. With the three wins, Penn is in first place in the Ivy League heading into the second day of Round Robins on Feb. 22.
Penn defeated two teams that were ranked ahead of them in the latest United States Fencing Coaches Association poll – including defending Ivy champs No. 4 Columbia. In addition to the Lions, the other team ahead of the Quakers in the rankings that fell victim to the Red and Blue was No. 5 Princeton.
No. 6 Penn fenced Columbia first on Sunday, defeating the Lions, 18-9. Penn swept all three weapons against Columbia. The Quakers won sabre 6-3, foil 7-2 and epee 5-4. In sabre, Jonathan Berkowsky, Anders Eiremo and Andrew Bielen each went 2-1.
Up next for Penn was Princeton, and the Quakers defeated the Tigers, 17-10. Since Penn won six foil bouts and Princeton won six epee bouts, sabre was the deciding factor in the match, and the Red and Blue picked up eight wins in that weapon for the dual win. Berkowsky and Bielen each were 3-0 against the Tigers.
Penn closed out the day with a 21-6 win over Brown.
The Quakers will fence for the Ivy title in two weeks with duals against Harvard and Yale.