PHILADELPHIA – Highlighted by getting slight revenge on Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team tallied a perfect 4-0 record at the Temple Invitational on Saturday. In addition to a win over the rival Tigers (15-12), the Quakers also notched victories over Penn State (14-13), St. John’s (14-13) and Stevens (20-7).
It was the epee squad (4-0) leading the way on a day of tight victories for Penn. Zsombor Garzo (8-1), Jake Raynis (8-3) and Justin Yoo (8-2) all put forth strong efforts. R.J. Shipp posted a mark of 4-3. The epees were especially impressive in the close triumph over St. John’s, tallying a definitive 8-1 win.
Shaul Gordon, the reigning Ivy champion, racked up a team-high 10 (10-2) wins for a saber team that went 3-1. Raphael Van Hoffelen supplemented Gordon with a mark of 5-1, while Julian Merchant went 6-6.
It was more of a balanced attack on foil (0-4), as seven Quakers saw action on the strips. John Vaiani (5-4) and Raymond Chen (5-1) led the way, each registering five triumphs.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Quakers, as they host the Philadelphia Invitational tomorrow at the Dave Micahnik Fencing Center.