BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team fell to Boston College (18-9), Brandeis University (17-10), and host Harvard University (21-6) at the annual Beanpot Invitational on Tuesday night. The epee team had the best showing with a 13-14 record, followed by the sabre squad (7-20), and the foil contingent (6-21).
The Engineers' epee unit registered 5-4 victories over Brandeis and Harvard, but lost to BC, 6-3. Junior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) led the way with a total of 5-4 while freshman David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) came in at 4-4. Sophomore Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) contributed a 3-4 effort as Thomas Boning went 1-2.
The sabre squad was edged out by BC, 5-4, in the last bout and had tough losses to Brandeis (7-2) and Harvard (8-1). Sophomore Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) finished with a mark of 4-5 as junior Nathan Arce (Madison, Ala.) posted a tally of 2-2. Senior Vinayak Ramesh (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) recorded a mark of 1-8 while sophomore Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) rounded out the team with a ledger of 0-5.
The foil team comprised of seniors Daniel Levine (Succasunna, N.J.) and Benjamin Nield (Preston, Wash.), junior Alexander Siy, and freshman Daniel Mendelsohn (New York, N.Y.) fell to Brandeis (6-3), BC (7-2), and Harvard (8-1). Levine and Nield both generated totals of 3-6, followed by Mendelsohn at 0-3 and Siy at 0-6.
MIT (8-14) begins its postseason push on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the New England Championship hosted by Vassar College.