Penn State clinched its 13th national title with a dominant performance in the 2014 NCAA Fencing Championships on Sunday.
This title is Penn State’s third in the past six years. Penn State is now the winningest program in NCAA fencing.
Penn State finished the team competition with 180 bout victories toppling Princeton’s second-place total of 159 bout victories, and St. John’s third-place total of 156 bout victories.
Individually, sophomore Kaito Streets claimed the 2014 men’s saber championship. Streets became 13th individual champion for the Nittany Lions in program history.
In the team race, the Nittany Lions were neck-and-neck with Princeton throughout much of the competition but started to pull away by the end of Day 3 on Saturday. Penn State sealed the win late Sunday morning.
“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.”
Streets held the No. 1 spot in the men’s saber event heading into the semfinals. After advancing to the finals against St. John’s Ferenc Valkai, Streets toppled Valkai to win the title. Senior Adrian Bak finished the day sixth.
In the men’s epee competition, freshman Conor Shepard finished 10th while sophomore Yasser Mahmoud finished 19th.
In the men’s foil competition, sophomore Nobuo Bravo and senior David Willette took the Nos. 3 and 4 spots in the semfinals. Bravo tied for third. Willette advanced to the foil final against Notre Dame’s Gerek Meinhardt but fell to the Fighting Irish and brought home second place.