CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team edged out host Boston College, 14-13, in the Beanpot on Wednesday night. The Engineers dropped a close decision to Brandeis University (15-12) and also fell to cross-town rival Harvard University (24-3).
Junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the epee team with a 7-2 performance, followed by a 4-4 outing from freshman Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy). Senior Jackson Crane (San Francisco, Calif.) finished at 4-5 on the night while freshman Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) won his only bout of the competition which came against Brandeis. MIT picked up an 8-1 win over Brandeis and a 7-2 decision en route to a 16-11 tally for the competition.
The sabre squad compiled an 11-16 mark as it defeated BC, 7-2, while falling to Harvard and Brandeis by 7-2 margins. Freshman Nicholas Sledeski (Belle Mead, N.J.) paced the Engineers with a 6-3 total as junior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) went 3-6. Junior Luke O'Malley (Los Angeles, Calif.) rounded out the team with a record of 2-7.
Senior Alexander Siy and freshman Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) both picked up a win against Brandeis as sophomore Daniel Mendelsohn (New York, N.Y.) fell to his three foes from BC. Senior Chris Perera (Jacksonville, Fla.) did battle with Harvard and Brandeis but was unable to come away with a victory.
MIT (14-10) kicks off its postseason run on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the New England Championship to be hosted by Brandeis University.