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DURHAM, N.C. – Led by a 16-2 showing from sophomore Charles Copti and a 15-3 performance from freshman Christopher Monti, the Duke men’s fencing team went 5-1 at the Philadelphia Invitational Saturday in The Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center.

Copti and Monti led the sabers to five wins as the Blue Devils collected wins over Lafayette (24-3), Drew (26-1), Haverford (20-7), Sacred Heart (16-11) and NJIT (23-4). Duke’s lone loss came at the hands of No. 8 Penn, 22-5. The five wins pushed the Duke men’s team’s record to 7-4 following their first two meets.

The Blue Devil sabers and foils both went 5-1 with their lone losses coming against Penn. The epees finished 4-2 with wins over all but Sacred Heart and Penn.

Copti and Monti keyed the sabers to wins of 9-0 over Haverford and NJIT, 8-2 over Drew and 7-2 over Lafayette and Sacred Heart. The duo opened the meet by combining for 24 consecutive wins and now lead Duke in victories, with Monti sporting a 23-10 record and Copti a 22-6 mark.

Copti and Monti were two of six Blue Devils with double-digit victories at the Philadelphia Invitational, joining epees Joseph Lam (12-6) and Rod Shayesteh (11-4), and epees Eddie Chen (10-4) and Alessio Santoro (10-5). Eleven of Duke’s 12 competing fencers finished with winning records, while none of those 12 finished under .500.

The Duke women will fence at the Philadelphia Invitational Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. vs. NJIT. The women will also face Haverford (10 a.m.), Cornell (11:30 a.m.), Sacred Heart (1:30 a.m.) and Penn (3 p.m.).

Duke Results
Philadelphia Invitational
Philadelphia, Pa.
The Coach Dave Micahnik Fencing Center (University of Pennsylvania)
January 25, 2014  

Duke 24, Lafayette 3
Epee: V, 8-1
Foil: V, 9-0
Saber: V, 7-2

Duke 26, Drew 1
Epee: V, 9-0
Foil: V, 9-0
Saber: V, 8-1

Duke 20, Haverford 7
Epee: V, 6-3
Foil: V, 5-4
Saber: V, 9-0

Duke 16, Sacred Heart 11
Epee: D, 2-7
Foil: V, 7-2
Saber: V, 7-2

Penn 22, Duke 5
Epee: D, 2-7
Foil: D, 1-8
Saber: D, 2-7

Duke 23, NJIT 4
Epee: V, 7-2
Foil: V, 7-2
Saber: V, 9-0

Men’s Foil (5-1)
Chris Sullivan (9-4)
Joseph Lam (12-6)
Rod Shayesteh (11-4)
Michael DeVito    (6-1)

Men’s Epee (4-2)
Alessio Santoro    (10-5
Jacob Wiener (8-5)
Edward Chen (10-4)
Ted Cho (6-6)

Men’s Saber (5-1)
Eugene Chung (5-3)
Charles Copti (16-2)
Christopher Monti (15-3)
Brian Cucinelli (6-4)


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