MIT Posts 4-1 Record at NFC Competition

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team concluded Northeast Fencing Conference action with a 4-1 performance at Boston College on Saturday. The Engineers defeated the host Eagles (14-13), Tufts University (21-6), Dartmouth College (18-9), and Vassar College (18-9) but fell to Brown University (14-13). Following the weekend's competition, MIT's ledger improved to 7-7 on the year and 7-3 in conference play.

The epee team defeated all of its foes, including a trio of 7-2 decisions, en route to a 32-13 total. Sophomore Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won nine of the 10 bouts he competed in while freshman David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) compiled a mark of 11-4. Junior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) finished with a total of 10-5 as Thomas Boning rounded out the squad with a ledger of 2-3.

Senior Daniel Levine's (Succasunna, N.J.) 13-2 performance propelled the foil team to a 29-16 outing. MIT picked up 7-2 wins over Tufts, Dartmouth, and Vassar in addition to edging out BC, 5-4. Senior Benjamin Nield (Preston, Wash.) finished the day with an 11-4 record as junior Alexander Siy went 4-8. In his only action of the day, freshman Daniel Mendelsohn (New York, N.Y.) posted a 1-2 mark against Tufts.

The sabre squad compiled a ledger of 23-22 on the strength of sophomore Ehsan Izadmehr's (Wayne, N.J.) tally of 13-2. Senior Vinayak Ramesh (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) had a total of 8-7, followed by sophomore Luke O'Malley's (Los Angeles, Calif.) record of 2-9 and junior Nathan Arce's (Madison, Ala.) 0-4 effort. The contingent earned wins over Tufts (7-2), Vassar (6-3), and Dartmouth (5-4).

Next up for the Engineers will be the Eric Sollee Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 4.