STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Duke men’s and women’s fencing team opened the 2018 campaign at the Penn State Duals Sunday at the Mary B. White Building on Penn State’s campus as the men finished 3-2 on the day while the women posted a 2-3 record.
The Blue Devil men picked up wins against Haverford (25-2), UPenn (16-11) and Yale (21-6) and fell to Penn State (13-14) and Columbia (8-19). On the women’s side, Duke topped Haverford (25-2) and UPenn (15-12) and were defeated by Penn State (11-16), Columbia (9-18) and Yale (12-15).
“For the first time, both the men and women defeated UPenn,” head coach Alex Beguinet said. “What a great accomplishment. The men lost to Penn State by one victory, but it was the best fencing by both the men and the women. They were pumped and fenced very aggressively. We are very proud of them and they are ready when Penn State comes to the Duke meet. Overall, it was a good tournament for us,” Beguinet said. “The integration of the freshmen was very good. Our squad was more supportive of each other than we have seen in several years and I am very happy to see that.”
Senior Pascual Di Tella and sophomore Eoin Gronningsater headlined the performances for the men as both went 11-2 in saber and foil, respectively. Junior epeeist Bryn Hammarberg also collected 11 victories on the day as Hammarberg joined Di Tella and Gronningsater atop their respective weapons most-wins list. Senior Dean Ischiropoulos returned to the strips since his sophomore campaign and racked up 10 victories in epee while rookie saberist Ping Ping Kitsiriboon notched 10 wins in his collegiate debut and fellow classmate Brycen Rushing tallied a nearly perfect 8-1 ledger in foil.
Competing for the women, freshman Julia Gianneschi led the women’s squad with an 11-4 overall ledger in foil in her debut as a Blue Devil. Juniors Camille Esnault and Claudia Wrampelmeier led the epeeists with six wins each while sophomore Lindsay Sapienza collected eight wins for the saber squad.
Full team and individual results from the Penn State Duals are listed below.
The Blue Devils will return to Pennsylvania next weekend on Sunday, Jan. 21, for the Philadelphia Invitational.
Duke Men (3-2)
Duke 25, Haverford 2
Duke 16, UPenn 11
Duke 21, Yale 6
Penn State 13, Duke 14
Columbia 8, Duke 19
Duke Women (2-3)
Duke 25, Haverford 2
Duke 15, UPenn 12
Penn State 16, Duke 11
Columbia 18, Duke 9
Yale 15, Duke 12