PHILADELPHIA - The sixth ranked Penn men's fencing team looks to continue its impressive season when the Quakers travel to Brandeis to take part in the Brandeis/MIT Invitational on Saturday.
The Red and Blue went 2-1 last weekend at the Penn State Duals, beating Haverford and Johns Hopkins handily, while falling to No. 1 Penn State by a 16-11 margin. The loss was the first of the year for the Quakers who are 7-1 this year. On Saturday, Penn will take on Brandeis, Boston College, MIT and NYU.
In the three matches last week, epee went unbeaten, winning by scores of 7-2, 5-4 and 5-4. Leading the way was junior Jacob Wischnia, who went 8-1 on the day. Freshman Steven Jow also performed well, sporting a 6-1 mark. In sabre, freshman Evan Prochniak went 8-1 in his first action of 2010, while sophomore Zane Grodman had team-best six wins in foil.
Brandeis is 6-8 on the season and has two common opponents with the Quakers, having lost to both Sacred Heart and North Carolina, while Penn beat both teams. Boston College went 4-1 last weekend with victories over MIT, Brandeis, Vassar and Dartmouth. The team's only loss came at the hands of Brown.
MIT is 6-8 overall this season after a 2-2 mark last weekend. The Engineers beat Tufts and Dartmouth, but fell to Vassar and Brown. NYU went just 1-4 last weekend, however all four of the teams losses were to teams ranked in the top 10, including No. 2 Notre Dame (7-20) and No. 3 Ohio State (10-17).