PHILADELPHIA, PA. - The Yale men's fencing team performed impressively at the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 21, with standout performances from many fencers. Of the four schools they went toe-to-toe with, they defeated UNC, Brown and Drew, losing only to the strong NYU team.
Perhaps the most dramatic moment of the tournament came as Yale fought UNC. Matches between the Bulldogs and the Tarheels have been close for the past several seasons and the most recent one was no exception. When Aiden Ahn took the strip against UNC's Connor Costa, the schools were tied, with thirteen victories each. As his teammates watched and cheered, Ahn won the bout decisively, securing Yale's victory against their old rival. As he scored the final touch, he claims he felt "liberated."
A remarkable performance came from the talented Jonathan Xu, who did not lose a bout all day, despite facing tough opponents such as UNC and NYU.
Both Aiden Ahn and Daniel Flesch swept the UNC and Drew squads. The saber squad, made up of Arthur Befumo, Walter Musgrave, Sam Rooney and Samuel South, dropped only a single bout to their opponents from Brown.
The Elis will next compete on February 3, at a home meet.