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Duke Men Upset No. 1 Penn State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/06/2010
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Sophomore Tristan Jones locked up Duke's 15-12 win over Penn State with a 5-2 triumph in epee competition. Jones won all three of his bouts against Penn State.
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's fencing team upset No. 1 Penn State 15-12 at the Duke Home meet on Saturday morning and went 3-1 on the opening day of the home tournament in Card Gym.

The 10th-ranked Blue Devils (15-5) won the saber and epee showdowns against the defending NCAA Champion Nittany Lions and locked up the victory with a 5-2 epee win from sophomore Tristan Jones, who won all three of his bouts against Penn State. Penn State entered the match ranked No. 1 in the USFCA National Top-10 Poll, but could not stop Duke's saber tandem of David Eitel and Anthony Lin, who both went 2-1, and the epee pairing of Jones and Jonathan Parker, who also went 2-1.

In addition to taking down the top team in the country, Duke also defeated Brandeis 21-6 and North Carolina 17-10 to win a half-point in the annual Carlyle Cup standings.

The Carlyle Cup is an annual all-sports competition between Duke and North Carolina that awards points for victories against one another in every sport. North Carolina currently leads the 2009-10 competition 8.5-3.

Duke's only team loss was a 16-11 decision to Air Force. The Blue Devils rebounded from that loss to win their final three bouts.

Penn State won both the foil and saber cups, while Air Force took home the epee cup. The Nittany Lions posted a combined 30-6 record in foil and a 23-13 mark in saber. The Falcons, meanwhile, went 27-6 in epee. Duke took second place in each weapon, posting totals of 24-9 in foil, 19-17 in saber and 21-15 in epee. All three of Duke's squads went 3-1 on the day.

Duke foil Andrew Simon posted a team-best 9-3 record to lead the foil squad to a 3-1 record, while fellow foils Eliot Cohen (7-5), Dorian Cohen (7-4) and Jake Kuhn (1-0) all posted winning records.

For the sabers, Lin (8-4) collected eight wins while teammate David Eitel went 7-5.

In epee action, Parker (7-5) and Jones (7-4) matched one another with seven wins apiece, while freshman teammates Josiah Brown (3-2) and Robert Greer (3-2) also posted winning marks. Parker won his final four bouts.

Duke team, weapon and individual results are below. For full results for each team, visit the following link:

Duke Men's Fencing
Duke Home Meet
Feb. 6, 2010
Card Gym (Duke University)

Air Force 16, Duke 11
Saber: Air Force, V 6-3
Foil: Duke, V 6-3
Epee: Air Force, V 7-2

Duke 15, Penn State 12
Saber: Duke, V 5-4
Foil: Penn State, V 6-3
Epee: Duke, V 7-2

Duke 17, North Carolina 10
Saber: Duke, V 5-4
Foil: Duke, V 7-2
Epee: Duke, V 5-4

Duke 21, Brandeis 6
Saber: Duke, V 6-3
Foil: Duke, V 8-1
Epee: Duke, V 7-2

Duke Men's Fencing
Individual Results

Saber (3-1)
David Eitel (7-5)
Tyler Hancock (4-8)
Anthony Lin (8-4)

Foil (3-1)
Eliot Cohen (7-5)
Andrew Simon (9-3)
Dorian Cohen (7-4)
Jake Kuhn (1-0)

Epee (3-1)
Jonathan Parker (7-5)
Tristan Jones (7-4)
Josiah Brown (3-2)
Robert Greer (3-2)
James Lambert (0-1)
Jonathan Cross (0-1)


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