This proved to be Penn State’s weekend in terms of athletics. The day after our wrestlers clinched its fourth consecutive NCAA title, Penn State Fencing earned its 13th national title in the NCAA Fencing Championship, becoming the winningest program in the NCAA. This was the fencing team’s third title win in the last six years.
Penn State finished the competition with 180 bout victories, defeating Princeton University’s second place finish of 159 bout victories, and St. John’s University’s third place finish of 156 bout victories. Penn State was neck and neck with Princeton for much of the competition but widened the gap by the end of day three. By late Sunday morning, it was clear Penn State would be victorious.
“I feel fantastic, absolutely fantastic,” said interim head coach Wes Glon. “I’m proud of the team, and they were so determined to win and they did. Really proud of the kids.”
Individually, sophomore Kaito Streets claimed the 2014 men’s saber NCAA Championship, making him the 13th individual champion for the Nittany Lions in program history. Streets held the number one spot in the men’s saber event heading into the final four. After advancing to the finals against St. John’s Ferenc Valkai, Streets toppled Valkai and was named champion.
Senior Adrian Bak, another Penn State competitor in saber, finished the day ranked 6th. In the men’s epee competition, freshman Conor Shepard finished 10th and sophomore Yasser Mahmoud completed the day 19th.
In the men’s foil competition, sophomore Nobuo Bravo and senior David Willette took the number three and four spots, respectively, in the final four. Bravo tied for third but Willette advanced to the foil final against Notre Dame’s Gerek Meinhardt, eventually falling to the Fighting Irish and bringing home second place.
Congratulations to all of our fencers on the impressive win.