PHILADELPHIA - The seventh ranked Penn men's fencing team begins its defense of their Ivy League trophy when the team travels to Cornell for the first round of the Ivy League Championships on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Quakers are 11-1 on the season, with their only loss coming to defending national champion Penn State. Foil has been Penn's strongest weapon this year as they are 11-1 and have won nine matches by a 7-2 margin or greater. Sabre is 10-2 this year with victories in each of its last five matches. After a slow start epee has improved as of late, going 5-2 in its last seven matches, including a 5-4 win over Penn State on January 23.
Freshman Evan Prochniak has the best record of any fencer, with a 19-2 mark in sabre, while teammate Andrew Bielen is 26-8. Sophomore Vidur Kapur has the most wins in foil with 20, while Alex Simmons and Sinatrio Raharjo are right behind him with 18. Jacob Wischnia has a team-high 21 victories in epee.
No. 6 Harvard is the first of three opponents for the Red and Blue, who face three teams on Sunday and then take on their final two opponents on Sunday the 28th. The Crimsonare 8-5 on the season, with all five losses coming to top five teams. Despite the record,Harvard won three in a row, including a 15-12 victory over No. 3 Ohio State. Last year the Red and Blue took downthe Crimson16-11.
Penn will also take on Princeton and Yale on Sunday. Last year the Red and Blue beat the Tigers and the Bulldogs by 15-12, 22-5 scores. Princeton is currently ranked fourth in the nation and has a 16-3 overall mark this season. The two teams have both played top ten teams in Penn State and Duke. Both teams lost to Penn State, with Princeton falling 14-13 and Penn losing 17-10. However both teams took care of Duke, as Penn won 16-11 while Princeton came away with the 18-9 victory.
Yale enters the weekend ranked tenth in the latest national poll. The Bulldogs are 10-2 on the season with its only losses coming to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 3 Ohio State. Both Yale and Penn have victories over NYU and North Carolina with the Eli's recording 17-10 and 14-13 wins, while the Quakers won 15-12 and 14-13.
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