November 17, 2012

Men’s Fencing Wins Four of Five at NFC Opener

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team defeated UMass Amherst (23-4), University of New Hampshire (25-2), Brandeis University (16-11), and Boston University (22-5) but fell to Sacred Heart University (15-12) in the first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season on Saturday. Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) won 12 of his 13 epee bouts while classmate Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) and freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) both produced 13-2 records in the sabre competition.

In addition to Rafidi's outstanding performance, freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) posted a ledger of 12-2 as the epee team compiled a total of 40-5 on the day. The Engineers swept Brandeis and BU, defeated UMass Amherst and UNH by margins of 8-1, and topped Sacred Heart, 6-3. Freshman Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) went 10-2 while sophomore David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and freshman Deniz Oktay (San Jose, Calif.) both were victorious in all three of their outings.

In addition to Izadmehr and Sledeski producing tallies of 13-2, junior Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched a total of 7-5 while freshman Pon Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) went 2-1. The sabre squad amassed a ledger of 35-10 as it blanked UNH and BU, defeated UMass Amherst, 7-2, and picked up a 6-3 win over Sacred Heart.

Freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) and senior Alexander Siy led the foil unit with marks of 9-6 and 8-5 as sophomore Daniel Mendelsohn (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Dongliang Zhou (Hangzhou, China) contributed records of 4-8 and 2-2. The quartet registered 8-1 wins over UMass Amherst and BU en route to a team total of 23-22.

MIT resumes action on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Brandeis University Invitational.