26 May 2022 | 10:10 | Fencing
Portions courtesy of Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn and Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Ivy League men’s fencing squads had an impressive start to their 2015-16 seasons, going a combined 36-6 in team competitions heading into the 2016 calendar year.
The Bears went 8-1 to start the 2015-16 season, highlighted by their 5-0 host performance in the first Northeast Fencing Conference meet. Senior Simon Jones and junior James Yoon paced the men’s epee squad with 11-3 and 12-3 records respectively. Junior Alex Palabrica led the men’s sabre squad with a 13-1 mark.
In men’s foil, senior Kyle Kennedy went 12-0, freshman Umar Masood finished 10-2, and senior Robert Iverson registered a 9-3 record. The Bears kickoff the new year at the second NFC meet at Boston College.
The defending NCAA champion Lions are 7-1, coming off of a 5-0 sweep at the Penn Elite Invitational. Columbia took wins against Princeton, NJIT, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins and Air Force with the help of a even attack across all three weapons. Each weapons group only lost the majority of points once throughout the invitational.
Nolen Scruggs, James Sands and Drew Johnston started things on the right note, going 9-0 in foil against Air Force, the only sweep of a weapon during the event for the Lions. Columbia is back in action January 16 when they travel to the Penn State invite.
The Crimson are 5-0 after sweeping the Tradition Tournament. Harvard opened up the tournament with a win against Vassar, 19-8, and going undefeated in foil, 9-0. Harvard was able to beat Penn State, 17-10, and then ease past Sacred Heart, 21-6. The men closed out the tournament with victories against NJIT, 22-5, and NYU, 20-7. The epee fencers went 3-2 while the foil and saber fencers went undefeated, 5-0.
Senior Duncan O’Brien led the men’s team with a 14-1 record at the tournament. The men and women take a break during the winter as they prepare for the St. John’s Invitational in Queens, New York on Jan. 23.
The Quakers are 5-0 after a sweep of their Penn Elite Invite. Senior R.J. Shipp compiled a perfect 10-0 record on epee, while sophomore John Vaiani recorded a 10-1 mark on foil. Vaiani was a perfect 3-0 against a tough OSU squad. Justin Yoo and Zsombor Garzo were also stout on epee, combining to go 19-5. Ira Schlosberg put together an undefeated record (7-0) on foil, including a 3-0 run against the Fighting Irish. Freshman Aaron Ahn registered a 4-2 record in the first home action of his career.
On sabre, it was senior Shaul Gordon leading the way with a 10-3 record. Raphael Van Hoffelen followed with an 8-2 mark of his own. The Quakers head to the Penn State Invite to start 2016.
The Tigers are 6-3 after going 4-0 at the Sacred Heart Duals. Princeton took wins against Sacred Heart, NYU, Vassar and Penn State. Peter Pak went 12-0 to lead the way for the Tigers. Penn State was the lone team to record a double-digit score against Princeton during the event.
The Tigers take to the Nortwestern Duals in the end of January to begin the 2016 slate.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 after a strong performance a the Brandeis Invitational. Yale’s freshmen fencers were outstanding once again: Walter Musgrave ended the day with a 13-3 record in saber, Daniel Flesch went 11-4 in foil, and Jonathan Shuang Xu finished 11-2 in epee.
Xu was a part of the Yale epee squad that went 9-0, not only against Drew at the beginning of the day, but against a strong Johns Hopkins team in round five as well. Soled and sophomore Avery Vellarounded out the epee squad for the Elis. Not to be bested by the epee squad, the Bulldogs in the foil competition also went 9-0 twice: against Drew and MIT. Yale returns to action at the Penn State Invite.