ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time since 2009, the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team earned a share of the Ivy League Championship. With wins over Yale (19-8) and Harvard (16-11) on Sunday afternoon, the Quakers clinched a three-way tie for the conference crown. Penn finished the weekend with a record of 4-1, tying top-ranked Columbia and No. 8 Princeton.
The Quakers' win over Harvard in the final match of the day solidified the program’s first Ivy title since 2009, and the 17th in the history of men’s fencing.
The Quakers were led by senior captain Shaul Gordon, who earned the title of Saber Champion. Gordon was unstoppable over the two days, going 14-1. He was a perfect 6-0 in wins over the Bulldogs and Crimson on Sunday.
Penn also notched three other first-team selections in Justin Yoo (epee), John Vaiani (foil), and Zsombor Garzo (epee). Freshman Julian Merchant was named second-team All-Ivy on saber.
Yoo and Garzo both went 8-5 over the two days of competition, while Vaiani recorded a mark of 9-3. Merchant went 9-5 to supplement the saber squad.
Freshman Raymond Chen went 6-6 over the two days on epee. His victory over the Crimson clinched the title for Penn.
1. Penn (4-1)
1. Columbia (4-1)
1. Princeton (4-1)
4. Harvard (2-3)
5. Yale (1-4)
6. Brown (0-5)
The Quakers look to keep the momentum rolling next weekend, as they will compete in a pair of competitions. Penn will take part in the Temple Invite on Saturday, and host the Philadelphia Invitational on Sunday.