WALTHAM, Mass. – Despite some struggles, the MIT men's fencing team were able to come back from this weekend's Brandeis Invitational with a victory in one of their four matches, beating Haverford in the fifth round of competition. Jackson Crane and Joseph Rafidi led the way for the epee team, who had 18 bout victories over the weekend.
The Engineers began the competition falling at the hands of Brown University by a 17-10 score and then losing to St. John's 18-9. After a few rounds off, however, they were able to get by Haverford 16-11 for their first victory of the meet. MIT closed their weekend with a 20-7 defeat to the Yale Bulldogs.
The Epee fencers for MIT went 18-18 through the meet, led by impressive performances by Crane and Rafidi. Each fencer emerged from the weekend with a 9-3 record, with Rafidi sweeping all three bouts against Haverford and Crane going 3-0 against Brown and Yale. The epee team won three of their matches, all by scores of 5-4, falling only to St. John's by a 6-3 margin.
Foil picked up 15 bouts over the weekend, thanks to the juniors Benjamin Nield and Daniel Levine. Nield won six bouts, including a sweep of his St. John's opponents, while Levine added six of his own. Senior Richard LaGrandier won three bouts in limited action for the Engineers.
The sabre team was key to MIT's victory over Haverford, winning six of nine points available to them. Maximillian Brand, Vinayak Ramesh, and Isaac Businger each won two bouts in the Haverford match, with Brand leading the way for sabre overall with four bouts won.
The Engineers fencers earned themselves a month and a half break, as they will wait until after the holiday break before taking to the strips again. Tech can next be seen on January 22nd at Brown University, who will host the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) meet.