Joey Rafidi Secures Second Place at NCAA Fencing Regional
WELLESLEY, Mass. – At the NCAA Northeast Fencing Regional hosted by Wellesley College on Sunday, MIT senior Joey Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the runner-up in the epee competition. The best finish for this weapon in the history of the men's fencing program, Rafidi will return to the NCAA Championship which will be held March 20-23.
Rafidi drew a bye to start the day and then posted 4-2 ledgers in the next two rounds to put him in the finals. The lone Division III participant, he amassed a record of 8-3 in the final group. As first-time qualifiers, freshman Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) and sophomores Giulio Gueltrini (Ravenna, Italy) and Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova) claimed the 26th, 27th, and 28th spots. After first-round byes, Judd and Gueltrini turned in 2-4 performances in their respective pools while Cheian went 1-5 in his group.
Senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) closed out his career with his best performance by finishing 14th, just two spots shy of advancing to the final round, while freshman Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) was 23rd in his debut. Following a bye, Izadmehr posted a 3-3 ledger in the second round and then registered two victories in the third rotation. Also a recipient of a bye, Lin turned in a 2-4 ledger at the conclusion of the second round.
Sophomore Scott Robinson (Califon, N.J.) led the foil contingent in 30th place after going 3-1 in the first round and then picking up a win in the next group. Freshman Christopher McKinney (Concord, Mass.) also turned in the same exact performances in his groups to tie for 31st while junior David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) went 2-2 in the opening rotation to rank 37th overall.