PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In its first Northeast Fencing Conference competition of the season, the MIT men's fencing team went 3-2 at Brown University on Saturday. The Engineers (3-2) overpowered Boston University (23-4), UMass Amherst (23-4), and University of New Hampshire (20-7) but fell to Brandeis University (15-12) and Sacred Heart University (17-10).
The epee unit amassed a ledger of 33-12 on the strength of victories over BU (9-0), UMass (8-1), UNH (7-2), and Brandeis (6-3). Senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) turned in an 8-1 performance while freshman Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) had a 6-1 outing. Sophomores Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) and Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) rounded out the team with totals of 10-4 and 9-6, respectively.
Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) paced the sabre squad with a tally of 13-2 as freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) went 12-3. Senior Luke O'Malley (Malibu, Calif.) notched a mark of 4-7 while sophomore Laphonchai Jirachuphun (Chantaburi, Thailand) won one of the four bouts he competed in. As a group, the Engineers finished with a total of 30-15 courtesy of an 8-1 decision over BU, a pair of 7-2 wins against UMass and UNH, and a 5-4 victory versus Sacred Heart.
The foil team cruised past UMass (8-1) and topped BU and UNH by 6-3 margins en route to a 25-20 record. Freshman Christopher McKinney (Concord, Mass.) led the way with a ledger of 12-1 while junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) finished at 7-8. Senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) produced a total of 3-3 as sophomore Dongliang Zhou (Hangzhou, China) went 3-8.
MIT will close out the fall semester action on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Brandeis University Invitational.