WALTHAM, Mass. –The MIT men's fencing team defeated the University of North Carolina, 15-12, for the first time in eight years while taking on several of the top squads in the country at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday. The decision over the Tar Heels was the lone victory for the Engineers as they fell to St. John's University (21-6), Johns Hopkins University (16-11), Brown University (17-10), and Yale University (17-10).
Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way for MIT with a 12-3 ledger in the epee competition as the team finished at 23-22. Senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) went 9-6 on the day while freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) had a record of 4-5. Fellow classmate Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) rounded out the unit with a total of 2-4. The Engineers' best outing came against Johns Hopkins as they picked up a 6-3 win to go along with 5-4 margins against Brown and Yale.
The sabre squad also produced a record of 23-22 on the strength of an 8-1 victory over UNC and a 5-4 edge against Brown. Freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) turned in a 9-5 performance while junior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) generated a tally of 8-7. Junior Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) contributed a win over Brown as freshman Pon Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) fell in his only outing of the day against Yale.
The foil contingent picked up six victories with three of them coming against UNC. Freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) and senior Alexander Siy both notched three wins while sophomore Daniel Mendelsohn (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Dongliang Zhou (Hangzhou, China) also saw some action for the Cardinal and Gray.
Following the holiday break, MIT (5-5) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 for its final Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season.