Philadelphia, Pa.--By the end of the first day of competition at the 2017 Ivy League Round-Robins, the Yale men's fencing team was tied for third place with a 1-1 team record. The Bulldogs lost a close match to No. 6 Princeton early in the day before rebounding with a sound win over Brown.
Close Match with No. 6 in the Nation
The Bulldogs faced tough competition to open the Round-Robins on Saturday with Princeton up first. Yale greatly improved upon their performance against the Tigers at last season's event, but were unable to pull out the win.
Yale's saber squad was led by Musgrave who went undefeated in this match, winning all three of his bouts. Senior Ian Richards and Srere added another two wins, as the squad edged out Princeton's, 5-4.
In foil, the squads were once again tightly matched, but Princeton got the upper hand, 5-4. Freshman Aiden Ahn led the Bulldogs winning twice, as sophomore Daniel Flesch and junior Paul Won both secured one bout victory a piece.
Ultimately, the Bulldogs fell 12-15 in a hard-fought battle.
First Win of the Weekend
In the past two years, the Yale-Brown match at the Ivy League Round-Robins has been decided by a single bout. With a final score of 20-7 on Saturday, though, the Bulldogs dominated the Bears for their first win of the competition.
A strong saber squad anchored the Bulldogs' victory thanks to a 7-2 record. Srere won all three of his bouts against the Bears, while Musgrave and Richards both notched two wins.
In foil, Ahn, Flesch, and Won all picked up two victories apiece as the squad ended the match with a 6-3 record.
Five different fencers competed in epee for the Bulldogs against the Bears. Sophomore Jonathan Xu won both his bouts, and then sophomore Skyler Chin was subsituted into the competition and added another win for the Bulldogs. Shelanski also scored two wins for Yale, as Vella and freshman Malcolm Miller added one apiece. The epee squad finished 7-2.
A Look at Sunday's Competition
First up at 10:00 a.m. will be the Quakers from Penn. Currently ranked fifth in the nation, Penn was a part of the three-way tie for the Ivy League title last season and is currently tied with Princeton after a 3-0 start to the weekend. That match will be broadcasted on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The No. 2 Columbia Lions, the two-time defending national champion, will be Yale's next obstacle. While the Bulldogs were only able to notch nine bout wins against the Lions at last year's event, In the first Ivy League Round-Robin of his career, Xu beat Jake Hoyle, the individual national champion in epee, by a score of 5-4. At this year's event, Columbia opened up with a win over Brown before falling to Penn in a tight 15-12 match.
Yale's final match will be against No. 8 Harvard. The Bulldogs will look to improve upon their last season 5-22 loss to the Crimson, who sit at 0-2 after losing to Princeton and Penn on Saturday.
Report filed by Emmy Reinwald '17, Yale Sports Publicity.