WALTHAM, Mass. – The MIT men's fencing team faced its most competitive lineup of the season at the Brandeis University Invitational on Sunday but could not come away with a victory. The Engineers fell to St. John's University (21-6), the U.S. Air Force Academy (17-10), Johns Hopkins University (19-8), Brown University (17-10), and Yale University (14-13).
The sabre squad had a balanced performance as freshman Tzer Wong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) led the way with a tally of 9-6, followed by sophomore Benjamin Lin (Beaverton, Ore.) at 8-7, and senior Ehsan Izadmehr (Wayne, N.J.) at 7-8. Wong swept Johns Hopkins and went 2-1 versus Brown and Yale while Lin posted 2-1 performances against Air Force, Johns Hopkins, and Yale. Izadmehr completed the contingent with 3-0 decisions over Air Force and Yale. The Engineers finished at 24-21 as they overpowered Yale (7-2) and Air Force (6-3) in addition to edging out Johns Hopkins (5-4).
Comprised of junior Dinis Cheian (Chisinau, Moldova), sophomores Sam Judd (Wyckoff, N.J.) and Matthew Cavuto (Skillman, N.J.), and freshman Alexander Andriatis (Hanover, N.J.), the epee team compiled a total of 20-25, highlighted by a 6-3 outing against Yale and a 5-4 decision over Brown. Judd paced MIT with a 10-5 mark by going 2-1 against all five teams while Andriatis went 4-4 as he defeated foes from St. John's, Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Yale. Cheian posted 2-1 marks versus Brown and Yale in addition to picking up a win over St. John's to finish at 5-10 as Cavuto earned a victory against Yale.
Seniors Jim Clark (Falls Church, Va.) and David Wyrobnik (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), sophomore Jason Fischman (Wesley Hills, N.Y.), and freshman Alberto Ancona (Boston, Mass.) collaborated for a 3-42 record in the foil competition. Wryobnik provided a 2-1 performance against Air Force while Ancona defeated one of his opponents from Brown.
MIT (4-5) resumes competition on Saturday, Jan. 24 in its final Northeast Fencing Conference event of the season to be hosted by Brown University.