PHILADELPHIA – The 2009 season began for the Penn men’s fencing team on Sunday with the Penn Multi-Meet in Hutchinson Gym. The Quakers started the season with a 19-8 win over Johns Hopkins before continuing their winning ways with an 18-9 win over North Carolina and a 27-0 shutout of NJIT. The Red and Blue ended the day with a 22-5 win over Sacred Heart.
Against Johns Hopkins, Penn won all three weapons, led by an 8-1 advantage in sabre. The Quakers dropped the first bout, but rallied back for eight-straight sabre wins to capture the weapon. Jonathan Berkowsky and George Igoe each won two bouts against JHU. Freshman Alex Simmons led the way in foil, winning both of his bouts along with Mario Ponticello.
The Red and Blue also won all three weapons against North Carolina en route to the dual win. The closest weapon was sabre, which Penn won by one bout, 5-4. Berkowsky went 3-0 against the Tar Heels, including the decisive bout in the final round. Simmons was again 2-0 in foil as was classmate Vidur Kapur. Sam Monk paced the epee squad with a perfect 3-0 record.
Penn swept all 27 bouts against NJIT for the 27-0 win. In foil, freshman Zane Grodman went 3-0 as did teammates Dan Shiff and Ponticello. Eiremo was 3-0 in sabre along with Benjamin Bell and Thomas Boutin. The epee team of Benjamin Scholom, Jacob Wischnia and Zachary Propert also was perfect against the Highlanders.
The Quakers were again dominant against Sacred Heart, winning all three weapons for the fourth match in a row on their way to a 22-5 win. Foil went 8-1, led by Zane Grodman’s 3-0 performance. Shiff was also 3-0 and Kapur went 2-1. The epee and sabre teams each went 7-2. Scholom was 3-0 in epee and Bell and Eiremo had perfect 3-0 records in sabre.
The men are back in action on Jan. 25 at the Princeton Multi-Meet.