Men's Fencing Picks Up Four Wins at Sollee Invitational
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday, the MIT men's fencing team defeated its foes from the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in Hunter College (21-6), NYU (14-13), Yeshiva University (26-1), and Stevens Institute of Technology (15-12) but fell to a pair of rivals from Pennsylvania, Haverford College (16-11) and the University of Pennsylvania (21-6).
The epee team swept Yeshiva, posted 8-1 wins over Hunter and NYU, defeated Stevens (7-2) and Haverford (6-3), and edged out Penn (5-4) to amass a 43-11 ledger on the day. Senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) led the way with a 15-2 performance while junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) went 13-2. Freshman Jack Greenfield (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) turned in a 10-3 total as sophomore David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) finished at 5-4.
Freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) powered the sabre squad with a 15-3 mark while junior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) compiled a ledger of 11-7. Freshman Pon Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) earned a 5-12 record as sophomore Dwayne George (Freeport, N.Y.) fell in his only bout of the day against Yeshiva. The Engineers tallied a record of 31-23 by overpowering Yeshiva (8-1) and Hunter (7-2), defeating Stevens (6-3), and edging out NYU (5-4).
The foil team dismissed Yeshiva (9-0) and Hunter (6-3) en route to a 19-35 outing. Senior Alexander Siy led the unit with a record of 8-10 while junior James Clark (Falls Church, Va.) won three of his six bouts. Rounding out the squad was senior Chris Perera (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) who both had 4-11 performances.
Next up for MIT (13-8) will be its first appearance in five years at the Duke University Invitational to be held February 9-10.