CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team went 5-0 in the second Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) competition of the season on Saturday. Returning to action following a lengthy hiatus, the Engineers (9-6, 8-2 NFC) defeated host Boston College (16-11), Vassar College (16-11), Dartmouth College (15-12), Tufts University (22-5), and Brown University (15-12). Freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) turned in a 15-0 sabre performance while sophomores Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) and Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) both went 11-4 for the epee and foil units, respectively.
The epee team amassed a ledger of 36-9 as it swept Tufts, overpowered BC by an 8-1 margin, topped Brown with a score of 7-2, and defeated Vassar and Dartmouth, 6-3. Cheian's mark of 11-4 was courtesy of 3-0 outings against BC and Tufts in addition to tallies of 2-1 versus Vassar and Brown. Sophomore Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) and senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) both went 7-2 while freshman Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.) swept all three of his foes from Dartmouth and Tufts for a perfect 6-0 record. Freshman Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) registered a 3-0 outing versus Tufts and went 2-1 against Dartmouth for a total of 5-1.
Lin's 15-for-15 performance helped the sabre squad finish at 27-18 on the day. Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) notched a record of 10-5 by blanking Vassar and producing marks of 2-1 versus BC, Tufts, and Brown. Freshman Kyle Saleeby (Destin, Fla.) rounded out the team with a pair of victories. Highlights for MIT included a 7-2 margin against Vassar, a 6-3 win over BC, and 5-4 decisions versus Tufts and Brown.
In addition to sweeping Dartmouth and Tufts, Robinson registered 2-1 performances versus Vassar and Brown. Freshman Christopher McKinney (Concord, Mass.) went 5-7 on the strength of a 3-0 mark against Tufts while senior Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) had a 2-1 outing versus Tufts en route to a 2-4 ledger. Junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) rounded out the foil team with a 3-9 tally. MIT overpowered Tufts, 8-1, and edged out Dartmouth, 5-4, to finish the competition with a 21-24 record.
Next up for MIT will be the Eric Sollee Invitational hosted by Brandeis University on Saturday, Feb. 1.